8 Natural Remedies For Headache Relief

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Headaches can come unexpectedly & sometimes often.  Thankfully, there are many options when it comes to using natural remedies for headache relief.

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Types of Headaches

Depending on where you look, headaches can be categorized in a few different groups.  For the most part, the types of headaches can be broken down into migraines, sinus, tension, & cluster.

Depending on which type of headache you are experiencing, your natural remedy for relief might vary.  Below I’ve included several natural ways to relieve your headache and prevent you from needing to take medicines.

1. Peppermint Oil or Tea Tree Oil

Peppermint oil has so many great benefits.  One of the best ways to use peppermint oil is to relieve headaches.  

You can use peppermint oil in several different ways to experience headache relief.  You can put it in a roller bottle and use it topically to experience the coolness from the menthol in the oil.  This will help with migraine and muscle tension.

You can diffuse it or smell it for headache relief.  It is good for breaking down mucus, which will help with sinus headaches.

Tea Tree oil is also a great essential oil to use because of its anti-inflammatory properties.  You can use it in many of the same ways as Peppermint oil.

Sometimes, I put a drop or two of tea tree oil in my shampoo and lather it in for some quick relief from migraine or tension headaches.

2. Ice Packs For Headache Relief

Cold therapy is a known treatment for migraines & headaches.  Using an ice pack in the area that you’re experiencing the headache can help get you relief in minutes.

I like to use a large gel ice pack and lay on it so the back of my neck and head can experience the cold relief when I have a migraine.  

Since it is flexible, I can also easily wear it over the crown of my head and forehead to alleviate the headache on the front of my head.

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3. Hot & Cold Showers

Alternating hot and cold temperatures is another natural remedy for headaches.  Depending on the intensity of your headache, hot showers might not be ideal.

Regardless, a cold shower is a great way to give your body a boost to experience headache relief.  I start off in a hot shower that is tolerable and then slowly work the water temperature down to the coldest setting.

A few minutes in a cold shower can offer you relief just like other types of cold therapies for headaches.

4. Drink Water

Water is such a vital part of finding headache relief.  Along with the other natural headache remedies for relief, make sure to drink a lot of water.

Dehydration can cause headaches, but it can also enhance the other underlying reasons for your headaches.

Make sure to drink enough water throughout the day to aid the other remedies in finding headache relief.

5. Foam Roller or Cervical Neck Pillow

Sometimes we hold a lot of tension in our necks which can lead to a headache or migraine.  Using a foam roller or cervical neck pillow can help offer relief.

You can use a general foam roller and lay on it so it is at the base of your skull.  Slowly turn your head to look from one side to the other and feel the tension and pressure points release.

The cervical neck pillow can help stretch and relieve tensions that might have built up in your neck.  Both of these techniques work even better when paired with an application of peppermint oil.

6. Jade Roller

If your headache is from sinus pressure, a jade roller will be your best friend.  Jade rollers have so many health and cosmetic benefits, and rolling out sinus pressure is one of them.

Use the jade roller to roll past your sinus cavities in your brow line and cheeks.  You can also use the roller on your neck if you’re feeling the pressure there too.

Hitting your sinus pressure points will help relieve the mucus and in turn will offer you relief from your headache.

7. Activated Charcoal

Charcoal helps blood flow & relieves pressures in the body.  It has been found to help relieve headaches due to this.

Putting a heaping amount of activated charcoal in a glass of water can work wonders for your headaches.  You’ll find your headache disappearing and also experience the other health & beauty benefits of using activated charcoal.

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    8. Turmeric

    Turmeric is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties & antioxidants.  Just like charcoal, this powerhouse spice can help relieve your headache.

    Turmeric can be taken as a supplement or made into a tea.  Adding a cup of turmeric tea into your daily routine is a great way to combat headaches each day.

    Finding Headache Relief Naturally

    My favorite part of using natural remedies for headaches is that you can mix and match them all.  If one remedy isn’t working, then move on to the next to try to target your headache in a different way. 

    If you’re using over the counter medicines for your headache, you are stuck waiting it out because you typically can’t mix and match the medicines.

    Combine as many of these natural remedies for headache relief as you need in order to kick that headache to the curb!

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    1. I am always looking for natural options for illnesses and pain relief. This was super helpful. I already have a peppermint roller, but have never used it for that. I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks!

    2. Great post! Our society throws down meds way too fast! Drinking more water is always my first remedy! Then we move in to Turmeric extract which has been awesome!

    3. I’d not heard of using activated charcoal or turmeric before. I’m definitely going to try those.

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