Headaches are a prominent part of many people’s daily lives. This is merely a symptom of compromised digestive systems, toxicity, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, skeletal misalignment, muscle tightness, and a severe disconnect from yourself and the healing energy of the earth and the sun. Many of these headaches can be permanently removed from your life through the right lifestyle solutions, but for those who need a short term fix, here are 10 key ways on how to get rid of a headache naturally.
The main causes of headaches
There are no shortage of reasons for a headache, but some of the more common things that can trigger one include:
- Generally poor digestive health
- Caffeine intake and withdrawal
- Sugar consumption
- Food intolerances (ie. gluten, dairy, soy, nuts)
- Artificial food additives and toxic man-made ingredients (ie. MSG, preservatives, colourings)
- Mineral imbalances
- Vitamin B deficiency
- Prescription drugs
- Artificial sweeteners
- Chemicals (ie. household products, perfumes/colognes, agricultural products, office furniture)
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Lack of grounding
- Lack of sunlight
- Chronic stress
- Tight muscles
- Misaligned skeletal system
Fortunately, every one of these issues could be addressed and fixed permanently through the right education and healing protocols, so you can avoid or rarely have headaches again. For now, we will address more immediate remedies for headaches.
Essential oils and aromatherapy
One good option to get rid of a headache are essential oils, applied either topically or through aromatherapy. These plant based infusions introduce oxygen and pleasant aromas that can release tension and alleviate other distress so you have a fighting chance to get rid of that headache.
Some of the better essential oils to consider are peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, basil, sandalwood, and rosemary. You can cold diffuse them so they are directly inhaled through the air, or put 5-10 drops into a warm glass of water, soak a wash cloth in the water and wring it out, then apply to your head or back of your neck. You can also consider combining with a good carrier oil (like almond oil) and massaging it directly into the back of the head, temples, and forehead.
Sometimes, a headache can just come on from plain old environmental toxins in our indoor and outdoor air. Spending too much time in heavy traffic, and too much time in an office environment, can definitely give you a headache.
A good option to get rid of a headache in these cases is to get out of your home or office, and take a walk in a park or somewhere close that has relatively fresh air. A pure form of oxygen may just be enough to alleviate your symptoms. If this isn’t an option, put a big plant near you at home or work and sniff it thoroughly if you feel a headache coming on (never mind what your co-workers think…they may have been looking for an excuse to sniff a plant too). Also, close off your vents in your car when commuting that may be introducing smog, exhaust, and other environmental toxins into your small cabin space.
Sometimes, a headache is a result of misaligned energies, skeletal structure, or tight muscles. In this case, body work is an option you should definitely consider to get rid of a headache.
Acupuncture is an age old technique of sticking thin metallic needles (its more relaxing than it sounds) into the skin to stimulate specific points in the body. This helps stimulate blood flow into tissues and can help relieve tension that may be at the root of your migraines.
Massage is a relatively well known practice that uses a hands on approach to manipulate blood and lymph flow to certain areas of the body. Quite often, a well performed shoulder and neck massage will alleviate enough tension to get rid of a headache, but if more therapy is required, a craniosacral massage may be of further benefit.
Chiropractic therapy involves adjustments of our skeletal system that may be out of alignment, causing compression of nerves or trauma to muscles and tissues. Sometimes a simple spinal manipulation can result in instant improvement for headaches that originate in the neck area. There are also other body work techniques that can help including reflexology and accupressure.
Enema and colonics
The root of many of our headaches lies in our intestinal system. The build up of toxins and ‘gassing’ of our vagus nerve that leads directly from the gut to the brain, will bring on a headache and will continue to do so until the gut is cleaned up properly.
One quick way to get rid of those toxins is to do an enema or by getting a colonic or hydrotherapy session that gently circulates warm water inside your intestinal system in order to remove various toxins, pathogenic microbes, and dead tissue that may be causing you some difficulty. Quite often, these types of sessions will alleviate up to 98% of all headaches when performed properly.
Another way to heal your gut so that toxins are not continuously giving you a headache is to introduce beneficial probiotics to your system which are effectively ‘good seeds’ that help crowd out and eliminate other pathogenic organisms such as candida.
Most people are familiar with probiotic capsules and cultured foods like yogourt, which can be helpful for introducing beneficial microflora to your intestinal system. However, a more effective intake would include a probiotic beverage like coconut kefir, or fermented vegetables, which have a much better chance of passing through your stomach acid with the delicate probiotics intact.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is another great option. Try taking a few ounces of kefir or ACV (more if required) or a cup of fermented veggies, which can introduce those quality bacteria and help improve digestion (which can also be a source of a headache).
A lot of times we get a headache due to lack of circulation. The oxygen and various nutrients in the blood are simply not being delivered effectively to that region, which creates various symptoms including headaches. This is where spices can help. Not only are they great for circulation, but they are antibacterial and viral as well which may be a part of the reason you have a headache.
So how do you use spices to get rid of a headache?
- Try putting a dash or two of cayenne pepper in a glass of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice. Add some turmeric as well if you wish.
- Make a ‘tea’ of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.
- As a last resort, trying snorting cayenne pepper!
These options will all help improve circulation, which is often the root of the issue when you suffer from headaches.
Juicing has a lot of benefits, and one of them happens to be being able to help get rid of a headache. Juices are very cleansing and full of enzymes, probiotics, and antibacterial properties that can deliver oxygen and help detoxify the intestinal system, which could very well be the source of your headache.
Try juicing celery, ginger root, green apple, and carrot. Ensure you juice as much ginger as your palate can handle, and ensure you have loads of celery too. Those are the two key ingredients to help you get rid of your headache.
Magnesium bath or supplement
One of the best ways to reduce muscle tightness as well as relax your mind (two causes of headaches) is to add magnesium flakes to a hot bath. Soaking this precious mineral up through your skin is one of the best ways to make sure your body is getting enough of this ‘miracle mineral‘. Magnesium is a catalyst for many enzymatic and muscular functions, so when it becomes deficient in your body, your digestive and muscle function often suffer as a result.
A good dose of this important mineral, either through a bath or a proper supplement, can often give you what you need to stop that headache in its tracks.
A great way to get rid of a lot of toxins and your headache is to open up the pores on your largest detoxification organ, your skin.
Infrared saunas are a non-invasive therapy that can penetrate as much as three inches into the body, heating muscle tissue and internal organs. This helps promote the elimination of all sorts of toxins, including medications, alcohol, nicotine, and other carcinogens in the blood stream.
It’s important to note that traditional saunas help the body perspire at the approximate ration of 97% water and 3% waste and toxins, where the infrared sauna helps the body perspire at a more impressive 80% water and 20% waste and toxins. This accelerates toxin removal, which could very well get rid of a headache.
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Deep breathing and relaxation
We lose our natural ability to breathe correctly when we start to stress out, which shortens our breath and makes it very shallow. Shallow breathing patterns will not bring oxygen into your lungs effectively, which diminishes the supply to other areas of your body that requires it to function properly.
In order to ensure you are breathing properly, learn how to manage your stress in order to keep shallow breathing from popping up, and read about all these breathing techniques that will allow you to breathe more naturally so you can get rid of your headache.
Headaches are a sign of bigger problems
If you find that headaches are something you are dealing with at least once a week, you should be concerned that something isn’t right and if left unattended will lead to bigger problems down the road. There are a wide variety of reasons for headaches, but the underlying causes are typically related to a toxic burden that is too much for your body to properly handle.