Natural headache remedies? They’re probably in your kitchen.
So many things can make your head ache: 1. deadlines; 2. arguments; 3. irksome bosses; 4. traffic jams; 5. the list goes on… Even good things can give you a pain in the head—for example, “ice cream headaches” (AKA “brain freeze”). Generally speaking, headaches are the body’s response to physical or emotional stress. That stress can make the muscles in your head and neck contract, creating tension headaches. Or it can make blood vessels constrict and later expand, producing migraines or vascular headaches. And if your sinuses are congested or infected, pounding headaches often result. Despite the discomfort, most headaches are temporary and respond quite well to do-it-yourself natural headache remedies.
Check out this guide to figure out what kind of headaches you usually get—and how to get rid of them.
Natural Headache Remedies: Use thyme and rosemary oil for head rubs
New Africa/Shutterstock To relieve headache pain: 1. dab a drop or two of thyme or rosemary essential oil on each temple and on your forehead; 2. rub gently into the skin; 3. sit quietly for several minutes to let these natural headache remedies work. In a 2010 study, researchers discovered that thyme and rosemary oils contain carvacrol, a substance that acts as a COX-II inhibitor, much like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, do. Here’s a guide to essential oils you should read before using them.
Natural Headache Remedies: Take magnesium
everydayplus/Shutterstock Headache researchers say that migraine sufferers should keep this essential mineral in their medicine chests. Turns out, migraineurs (the term docs use to describe folks who get these head-splitters) have low levels of magnesium in their brains during attacks and may also have a general magnesium deficiency. These are the signs that you’re not getting enough magnesium. In fact, two placebo-controlled clinical studies have shown that taking magnesium supplements can prevent the headaches. Experts recommend taking 400 milligrams a day of chelated magnesium, magnesium oxide, or slow-release magnesium, all of which are available over the counter at your local drugstore. Note: Magnesium may cause diarrhea in some people. You can get magnesium from food sources, too. Magnesium is high in foods like pumpkin seeds, mackerel, dried figs, and dark chocolate.