According to report, around 15% of Australians take modern, over-the-counter pain-relieving medication for headaches and migraines at any given time.
Some of the more common triggers include emotional and physical stress, poor lifestyle, nutrition, relationship troubles, health worries.
Fortunately, there are several home-remedy treatments that can help alleviate migraine pain and other types of headaches.
Here's 10 Low-Cost Natural Headache Remedies
1. Hot Water – Soak your feet in hot water, making sure the water is as hot as you can take it, without burning yourself. This will get the blood rushing away from your head and down to the feet, meaning that the dilated blood vessels in the head are reduced – therefore leading to pain relief.
2. Cold Water – Soak a flannel in cold water with a few drops of Peppermint and Lavender essential oil, then place over the top of your forehead whilst lying down.
3. Wheat Cushion – Heat up a wheat cushion and place around your shoulders to relax those tight muscles around the neck area that are known to cause headaches due to bad posture or stress.
4. Water – Drink a large glass of cold water with a tea spoon of salt. This replaces the salt lost in the body that can cause dehydration headaches.
5. Magnesium – Taking a high dose of approximately 500-600 mg each day for a short time can be great for relaxing muscles that can cause frequent headaches. Foods containing magnesium include Dark Leafy Greens, Nuts, Seeds and Avocados.
6. Stretching – Try some simple Neck stretches. As an example, bring the left ear to the left shoulder and hold for fifteen seconds, then swap to the right side. When complete, gently rotate your shoulders back and forth to loosen up any tight muscles, then repeat.
7. Sleeping – Watch your sleeping patterns and try to keep the same time of going to bed each day as small changes in the sleeping pattern can be a trigger for Headaches ad Migraines.
8. Foods – Avoid known trigger foods for headaches such as Alcohol, Chocolate, Cheese, Processed Meats and MSG (flavouring found in many takeaway foods). Keep a food diary so you have a record of what foods were eaten leading up to any headache episodes.
9. Supplements – Vitamin B6 (riboflavin) supplements help the neurotransmitters in the body, which are found to be under performing in certain cases of headaches or migraines. B6 food sources include Baked Potatoes with the skin, Beans, Spinach and Bananas.
10. Acupuncture – Find a good acupuncturist to treat sources of pain in the muscles. Acupuncture is also excellent for women who suffer from hormone imbalance.
Please carefully monitor your progress and always discuss your treatment with a healthcare professional. It's recommended that you don’t take supplements without consulting a qualified professional if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.
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