Natural Remedies for Headaches and Migraines

Millions of people suffer from headaches and migraines every single day. They are caused by problems in the brain but triggered by any number of things including bright lights, emotional distress, chemicals in food, changes in the weather, skipping meals and more.

How can I tell if I have a headache or migraines?

Tension Headaches:

  • Mild to moderate, constant band-like pain, pressure or throbbing
  • Affects the top, front or sides of the head
  • Begins gradually
  • Occurs most often in the middle of the day
  • Lasts from 30 minutes to several day
  • You may have the headache upon awakening
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Lack of concentration
  • Mild sensitivity to light and noise
  • Muscle aches.

Migraines:

  • Moderate to severe pounding or throbbing pain around the whole head or shifting from one side to another
  • Sensitivity to light, noise and smells
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling very warm or very cold
  • Paleness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Auras

Cluster Headaches:

  • Burning or piercing one-sided pain
  • Pain located behind the eye without changing sides
  • Lasts a short time 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Headaches occur regularly, same time every day

Seek Emergency Care Immediately if:

  • You have a sudden new and severe headache
  • Your headache comes with neurological symptoms such as dizziness, numbness, tingling, paralysis, confusion or personality changes
  • Your headache comes with shortness of breath, fever, rash or stiff neck
  • Headache pain awakens you at night
  • You have severe nausea and vomiting with your headache.
  • Your headache occurs after a head injury or accident.
  • Getting a new type or style of headache after the age of 55

 

How can I prevent headaches and migraines?

  • Relax! Stress can cause most headaches and many migraines.
  • Seek alternative therapies such as massage and acupuncture and keep up with them. They’ll help your body stay naturally relaxed and healthy.
  • Exercise. Endorphins help control pain and exercise de-stresses the body.
  • Get rest.
  • If you feel a headache coming on, dim the lights and close your eyes.
  • Keep a diary of what you eat, drink and do. Some foods, drinks and activities can be triggers and if you take note of when you get your headaches and what you were doing you can avoid them.

 

How can I treat headaches and migraines?

  • Take feverview. It contains Parthenolides which have been linked to warding off migraines.
  • Increase magnesium intake – it helps to stop headache pain.
  • Increase your Omega 3s. These healthy fats can help cure headaches and some migraines.
  • Sniff some peppermint or make peppermint tea. While some smells can trigger a migraine, peppermint can have pain relieving effects.
  • Ginger can help to relieve migraine related nausea.
  • Drink lots of water. Good hydration can stop a migraine in its tracks.
  • Add a little red pepper to your meal. The capsaicin is a naturally painkiller.
  • Have some broth. It helps to relieve nausea and rebalance lost electrolytes.
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