6 Natural remedies for headaches that actually work

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For more than two years I have head a headache every single day as a result of a concussion from an automobile accent. So it’s pretty safe to say I’m basically an expert in trying to find headache remedies!

Like many people, I hate taking medication. Sometimes I have to resort to pain killers to get rid of a horrible migraine or nagging headaches but I’ve also learned a few ways to beat the headaches naturally before they get to the point of no return.

These are all remedies that I use regularly and truly find relief from:

1. Peppermint Oil

Rubbing a few drops of peppermint oil on your temples, forehead and the back of your neck may be the most effective and quickest way to find instant relief from headaches and migraines. This is also a super convenient one! You can just carry a tiny bottle with you in your purse so you have it when you need it even if you are out and about. It gives you the sensation of ice without the actual ice.

2. Ice

Like peppermint oil the is a super effective way to calm down a headache fast and it reduces swelling. I have a migraine headband that I found at TJ Maxx that I just keep in the freezer and when I need it I just take it out of the freezer and put it on my head for a quick option. Also if you have a freezer than crushes ice, I’ve found that filling up a plastic bag with crushed ice and putting it right on your head helps a lot too!

3. Ice combined with a hot bath

This one works wonders as well if you have the time to do it! Make a bag of ice for your head and one of your neck and relax in a hot bath. This works best if you can get comfortable with the ice on the edge of the tub and let your neck just relax onto it. Add a few drops of lavender oil to your bath water or some Epsom salts for an added bonus and just relax and close your eyes!

4. Meditation

This one takes some getting used to and it’s something that I’m still working on. Taking a moment to just sit and be quiet can be really difficult when you mind is racing all of the time when you feel like you have a million things to do. But as much as we “need” to get stuff done what we most likely need more is to actually slow down. Check out Love Your Brain for free guided meditations to help get you started.

5. Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is great for relieving headaches because like meditation it helps slow down your mind and helps you destress. It’s a form of yoga in which you hold poses for a long period of time. If you think you can’t do yoga because you aren’t flexible…you are wrong! Everybody can do yoga and the more you practice the more flexible you become. I am a fan of Travis Eliot on Youtube for practicing Yin Yoga.

6. Chamomile Tea and Sleep

Especially when it comes to a migraine, sleep is often the best medicine. Sip on some sleepy time tea, lay down, rub on some lavender oil, turn off the light and just close your eyes.

These all work for me and I hope they can help you too! If you have some great remedies please share them in the comments below!






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