What does a headache signal?
Headaches are a common indicator of an imbalance in the body. They can be triggered in many ways, often making it difficult to find the actual cause. The most common causes of headaches include:
- Lack of sleep.
- Lack of exercise.
- Stress of any kind, especially intense or long lasting.
- Strong negative emotions such as fear, anger or depression.
- Incorrect sitting or standing posture.
- Overexertion during exercise or physical activities.
- Drinking alcohol.
- Excess use of caffeine.
- Eating too much meat or too much sugar.
- Strong smells.
- Fasting or detoxing.
Natural Remedies for Headaches
1. Ginger and Aloe Gel Paste for Headache Relief
- ½ teaspoon of ginger powder.
- 1 teaspoon of aloe gel or water.
How to Use Ginger & Aloe Paste for Headaches
- In a small cup, mix the ginger powder with the aloe gel (or water) to make a paste.
- Apply the paste to the forehead.
- A mild burning sensation is normal, it's just a sign that the remedy is working.
- Allow 4-5 minutes for the paste to soak in and take effect.
- Warm up the ginger-aloe mixture before applying.
- Adjust the amount aloe gel or water to increase or decrease the strength of the mixture.
- For sinus related headaches, apply the paste on the sinus areas, under the cheekbones and towards the nose.
2. Melt Headaches Away: The Hot Water Foot Bath
Foot Bath Benefits
Placing your feet in hot water helps relax the entire body and release pent up tension, a common cause of headaches.
Taking a Foot Bath
- Ensure the water is hot enough, but not too hot that you have trouble placing your feet inside.
- Add two drops of lavender essential oil.
- Sit down and enjoy the warm relaxing sensations.
- Breathe deeply and mindfully, allowing every muscle in your body to relax.
Play your favorite relaxing music for even deeper relaxation.
3. Cinnamon Paste on Forehead and Temples
The Secrets of Cinnamon Paste
Cinnamon has muscle relaxing properties that can relax the scalp muscles and release muscle tightness that so often causes headaches. Applying cinnamon paste to the forehead and temples allows it to work in the fastest way possible, absorbed directly through the skin. The cinnamon aroma will also provide an uplifting smell that is also anti-inflammatory and helps with sinus problems.
Using Cinnamon Paste for a Headache
- Grind fresh cinnamon bark into powder (use a coffee grinder if you must, but a herb grinder is better.)
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder in a glass or ceramic bowl.
- Add a small amount of water and mix until it turns to a paste.
- Apply the paste on the forehead and temples.
- Lie down in comfortable position for 10 minutes while the cinnamon works to relieve the headache.
4. Headache Relief with Chamomile Lemon Tea
Chamomile tea is great for releasing tension in the body and promoting a relaxed and calm state. It is recommended especially for headaches caused by a cold or flu.
- 1-2 teaspoons of loose chamomile flowers.
- 1 lemon.
Making Chamomile Lemon Tea
- Bring one cup of water to a boil.
- Place the chamomile flowers in a ceramic cup or mug.
- Pour hot water over the chamomile flowers.
- Let the flowers infuse for at least 10 minutes, preferably 15 minutes.
- While the tea is infusing, squeeze the juice of one lemon in a separate cup.
- When the chamomile infusion is ready, pour the lemon juice into it.
- Relax and drink the tea.
5. Head Compress with Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil Compress for Headaches
- Moisten a cotton cloth with cold water and add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil.
- Place it over the area of your head where you feel the most pain.
- Hold in place for 10 to 20 minutes.
6. Raw Potato Headache Remedy
The following simple remedy can provide headache relief using just one potato. It is important to use organic potatoes because non-organic potatoes are known to contain chemical pesticides which may not help a headache.
Using Potato Slices for Headaches
- Do not use potatoes with green flesh or buds, as the green parts can be toxic.
- Peel an organic potato, making sure to remove any green parts and buds.
- Cut 1 long slice and split it into 2 pieces.
- Rub each piece on your temples.
- Cut 3 more thick potato slices.
- Place them on your forehead, using a light cloth or scarf to hold them in place.
- Wait 15-20 minutes before removing the potato slices.
To help with strong recurring headaches, you can drink raw potato juice as outlined below.
- Make sure you are using the freshest potatoes possible.
- Peel the potatoes, and put them through a vegetable juicer.
- Drink one-third (1/3) glass of organic potato juice, 3 times a day.
- Try the juice for a few days and see if your headache improves.
- Do not use potatoes with green flesh and buds, as the green parts can be toxic.
7. Coconut Oil Head Massage for Headaches
Treat Headaches Using Coconut Oil Massage
Place some coconut oil on your fingers and rub your temples, scalp, and any place on your head that is feeling tight for 15 to 20 minutes.
This type of massage is especially useful for headaches caused by a stressful day or stressful emotions that have caused the muscles around your head to tighten up.
As an added bonus, the coconut oil will nourish your hair and moisturize your skin.
8. Relieve Headaches with Peppermint Essential Oil
Using Peppermint Oil for a Headache
- In a glass or ceramic bowl add one tablespoon of coconut oil (almond oil, jojoba oil or olive oil may be substituted.)
- Add 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil.
- Mix well until the oils have blended.
- Dab a cotton pad in the oil and rub it on the temples and forehead for 2-3 minutes.
- Re-apply every 25 minutes for a maximum of 3-4 times a day if the headache persists.
Peppermint essential oil has analgesic properties that are known to provide headache relief.
Caution: Do not touch your eyes when handling peppermint essential oil. Wash hands thoroughly after handling the oil.
9. Ginger Tea for Headaches Caused by Stress
Ginger has been used traditionally as a headache remedy due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to release muscle tension. It works best for headaches caused by tension in the cranial muscles, often a result of stress or poor posture.
Ginger Tea Directions
- Bring one cup of water to a boil.
- Cut 3 thin slices of ginger root and place in a ceramic cup or mug.
- Pour hot water over the slices, cover, and allow infusing for at least 15-20 minutes.
Drink as is or add lemon juice and honey. It may take up to 20 minutes to feel the effects. For migraines, drink up to 3 cups per day.
If hot water is not available to make a tea, chew a small slice of fresh ginger root for at least 10 minutes. Chewing a small ginger while drinking the tea will also provide additional benefits.
10. Bloating and Gas Headache Relief Using Lemonade
Sometimes headaches are caused by gas and bloating, Lemon and hot water are excellent for treating bloating and gas.
Make Warm Lemonade
- Fill a cup with warm water.
- Squeeze the juice from a half lemon in the cup.
- Mix, drink and relax.
- You may add a small amount of sweetener, but it will work best without anything added.
11. Willow Bark for Headache Relief
Also known as "nature's aspirin" the willow tree has been used traditionally for thousands of years to relieve various kinds of pain. The bark of this tree contains salicin, a substance that the human body turns into salicylic acid, the active ingredient found in aspirin.
Willow tree bark can be purchased from a herb store, or it may be harvested in spring from young branches.
Infusing Willow Bark
- Grind 30 grams of willow tree bark in a herb of coffee grinder.
- Bring 1 liter of water to a boil.
- Add the ground willow bark.
- Boil for 10 minutes.
- Filter the infusion and pour it into a bowl.
- Make a compress by soaking a cloth in the bowl.
- Apply the compress to the forehead and temples.
- Sit or lie down in a comfortable position while holding the compress in place.
- Replace the compress when it's no longer warm.
- For an increased effect, drink a solution made from ½ glass of water and 1/4 teaspoon of willow bark powder.
12. Rosemary Tea for Headaches
1 teaspoon of rosemary flowers.
Making Rosemary Tea
- Bring one cup of water to a boil.
- Place the leaves in a ceramic cup or mug.
- Pour the hot water over the leaves.
- Cover, and allow to infuse for at least 10 minutes.
When the infusion is ready, drink the tea and enjoy the wonderful rosemary aroma.
13. Treat a Headache with Lemon Slices
Using Lemon Slices
- Cut 2 fresh lemon slices.
- Sit or lie down in a comfortable position.
- Place the slices on the temples.
- Hold in place for 12-15 minutes.
Lemons are known to relax and calm nerves.
14. Orange Juice and Raw Egg for Hangover Headaches
Preparing the Egg and Orange Juice Mix
This remedy is recommended when the headache is caused by a hangover.
- Wash one fresh organic egg well, and dry it before cracking it open.
- Squeeze the juice from one orange and pour in a cup.
- Crack the egg and pour its contents in the cup.
- Blend well using a fork and drink immediately.
Make sure to use only very fresh and organic eggs for this recipe.
15. Headache Relief Using Ice
The Migraine Sufferers Secret
Ice is a very simple remedy that may be all you need to alleviate a headache. Ice cools down the area where it is applied, effectively numbing the pain. Depending on the severity of the pain, it may numb it temporarily or it may provide long lasting relief. It is common for migraine sufferers to use ice every day.
Using Ice to Treat Headaches
- Wrap a plastic ice pack with a cloth or thin towel.
- Hold it against the skin alternating between the forehead, neck and sides of the head.
- Hold longer in the places you feel it provides the most relief.
Do not use when a fever, cold, flu, or other illness are present.
16. Relieve Headaches Using Almond Oil Head Massage
Head Massage Using Almond Oil
- Pour a small amount of almond oil on your fingers.
- Massage the forehead in the areas that feel sore or tense.
- Massage the lower neck muscles where you feel the most tension.
Alternate between massaging the forehead and neck, massaging each for 15 to 20 minutes.
During the massage, relax the neck and unwind any tension in the forehead. Visualize the headache being released as the massage melts away the tension.