It is rare that I get headaches since I began eating a raw vegetarian diet of 95-100%. Sometimes I do get a headache every once in a while. These are the strategies I use to get rid of them. Re-hydrate. Although medical researchers are still unsure why, dehydration is a common trigger of headaches. I drink water immediately when I feel the onset of a headache. I will drink coconut water if it is available. Because it’s so high in electrolytes, which help to rehydrate the cells more quickly than plain water, I drink coconut water instead.
- Pressure massage. Acupressure is often used to relieve tension headaches. I have had great success using my fingertips to press down on my skull, while taking deep breaths. For 3-4 rounds, apply pressure for 30 seconds and then relax for 30 seconds. I also enjoy a neck firm massage.
- Use essential oils. Essential oils can be used to block tension headache pain. This is according to research from the Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany. Peppermint is my favorite essential oil to use. Clove, Lavender and Basil can also be helpful. Use essential oils to relieve headaches by mixing 2-3 drops of it with vegetable oil. Apply the oil to the temples, back of the neck and forehead. Only therapeutic grade oils should be used. You can also rub a few drops of oil on your palms and then inhale deeply for several hours. If that fails, I will sometimes rub a little oil on my thumb and place it on my roof.
- Rebounding. It may sound strange, but if none of the other methods work for you, I can almost always get rid a headache by gently jumping on my rebounder. Although it is uncomfortable at first, the headache usually disappears within minutes. Although I have not seen any information about this, my guess is that rebounding helps to relieve tension and spinal misalignment which may be causing the headache. I’d also like to share some herbal remedies for headaches that herbalists have reported to be effective.
- Cayenne pepper. Capsaicin is an active ingredient in hot peppers. It has been shown that it blocks substance P, which is a protein in our bodies that acts as a neurotransmitter for pain. Cayenne and chili peppers are good options for pain relief. A cream with capsaicin can be purchased at a health food shop. You can also try this stronger remedy: with a toothpick, infuse a small amount of cayenne into each nostril.
- Willow bark tea. Salicylic acid is the active ingredient in aspirin. Willow bark contains salicylic acids. Make the tea by adding 1 teaspoon of dried willow bark in a cup of boiling water. Allow to steep for 10 minutes, then enjoy hot. These natural headache remedies can be used for occasional headaches.
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You may need to address other issues if you suffer from frequent headaches.
- Your diet. For at least one week, stop eating dairy and wheat products. This has been proven to be effective for long-term migraine sufferers. You might also want to do a thorough gut cleanse.
- Your spinal alignment. Tension headaches are often caused by misalignment of your spine. To retrain your spine, try yoga, a chiropractic treatment or a raindrop massage.
- Your hormones. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing menopause.
- Your electromagnetic environment. Limit your exposure to EMF radiation from computers and cell phones.