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10 Natural Drug-Free Ways to Relieve Your Headache

Hey Cats,

Having a headache can be the worst feeling and I think ti is important we don't always
reach for tablets when we are struggling to shift that dull ache. I am all for natural ways to
relieve some pains so give some of these a go first.

Hydrate – Drink water. Many headaches are actually caused by mild dehydration. Make
sure that you are taking in enough water for your bodies needs and add drink some extra
water at the start of a headache. A good rule of thumb is if your pee is any darker than a
pale yellow you need more water.


B-Complex Vitamins – Stress can play a major role in many kinds of headaches and B-
Complex vitamins can help feed your nervous system and help you handle stress better.


Stretch – Slowly stretching your neck and shoulder muscles can help to reduce some of
the tension that can contribute to a headache. If you find you get tension headaches
regularly, make sure you take regular stretch breaks especially if you work at a computer or
do other work that requires you to be stationary for long periods of time.




See a Chiropractor – If you are getting repeated headaches it might be time to visit the
chiropractor.  Spinal manipulation can help relieve stress on the body and scientific studies
have shown many headache patients see improvement with chiropractic treatment.


Take a Bath – Fill your tub with water that his warm to hot, but that will not burn your skill or
make you uncomfortable. Add 4 cups of Epson salt and a couple drops of eucalyptus,
peppermint and or lavender essential oil. Get in and relax. Bend your knees and scoot down
so that your neck, shoulders and head are floating in the tub. The Epson salt will help make
you more buoyant so your upper torso will float. If you don’t float add more salt. You want to
float for at least 10 minutes. The heat and essential oils will help ease your muscles and
increase blood flow and floating will put your neck and shoulders in a neutral position that
will allow your muscles to fully relax.


CBD Rub – CBD is the non-psychoactive ingredient of the marijuana plant. It won’t get you
high and is usually legal even if marijuana is not in your area. You can often find CBD in a
cream you can rub into your neck and shoulder muscles. CBD helps to reduce inflammation
which can often be a source of headaches. There are several CBD creams that also have
capsaicin which is a oil in chili peppers that has an analgesic effect and can be effective in
combating headaches.


Almonds – The moment you feel that headache coming on eat a couple handfuls of
almonds. Almonds contain salicin which is a natural pain reliever. Almonds can also be
helpful if you tend to get headaches when it has been to long between meals since they
are a great source of protein. Do be cautious as almonds can be a migraine trigger for
some people.



Peppermint and Lavender Essential Oil – Peppermint helps to increase blood flow which
can help relieve a number of different kinds of headaches. Peppermint is also great at
helping relieve muscle tension and contractions with can cause and worsen headaches.
Lavender is calming and has been shown to help with migraines. Combining the two
essential oils can give a headache sufferer significant relief.


Butterbur – This flower has been used for centuries to help get rid of headaches and there
have been multiple clinical trials that have shown it to be effective for migraines. You can find
butterbur root at any health food store, but as with any herbal supplement make sure your
doctor knows that you are using butterbur since it can interact with some medications.


Ginger – Make a nice cup of ginger root tea and sip it to help with inflammation and pain. It
is also great for nausea, so if you get that along with your headache it is a remedy than might
help both your head and your stomach.

Do you ever try any of these for headaches?



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