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The dreaded headache. As adults, headaches seem to be a regular occurrence and pharmaceutical companies are making millions off us. I watch daily as my boss comes up to the front of our office and reaches for the Advil that’s stored in my desk drawer, sometimes even twice a day. However, I’m skeptical. I don’t like flooding my body full of medication. I would rather try a natural remedy first and leave an over-the-counter (OTC) drugs as a last resort.

Some headaches can be triggered by lifestyle factors, including:

  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Lack of Sleep
  • Eye-Strain
  • Dehydration 
  • Poor Posture
  • Alcohol
I read a great article on Everyday Health with a list of foods that can trigger a headache, including chocolate, coffee, wine, cheese and more. You can read the article here.
So what are natural ways to relieve those dreaded headaches?

  • Peppermint Oil —Massage into your temples, neck and around you hairline. The cooling sensation will relax the muscles in your head and neck.
  • Ginger or Lavender Tea—Ginger reduces inflammation in about the same amount of time as it would take an aspirin to work. Lavender will relax the muscle tension.
  • Acupuncture & Acupressure—Herbal medicine has been used to relieve headaches and migraines for thousands of years.
  • Capsaicin Cream—I heard about this from Dr. Oz. He says the active ingredient in this cream is cayenne pepper. Apply a small amount to the inside of your nostril that’s on the side of your head where you are experiencing pain. The cream works to block nerve pain signals. You can get this at your local health food store.
  • Stay Hydrated—This should be a no-brainer. Headaches are often caused by dehydration. So next time you get a headache, try relaxing and drinking a few ounces of water. Here is a great article on how to increase your water intake.
  • Eat Fruit—Sometimes the natural sugars in it can help make the headache go away.
  • De-Stress Yourself—Stress is often associated with headaches, so relax. Have your partner give you a massage, take a nice bath, have a glass of wine (obviously don’t have too many as that will make it worse), take a nap or you can exercise and let your endorphins flow.

Do you have anything to add? What natural remedies have helped you?

*This advice should NEVER replace one of a doctor or medical professional.