How to Get Rid of a Headache

By Derek Henry, www.healingthebody.ca
June 30, 2014 Updated: June 30, 2014

By Derek Henry, Holistic Health Coach for Healing the Body

Headaches are a prominent part of many people’s daily lives. This is merely a symptom of compromised digestive systems, toxicity, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, skeletal misalignment, muscle tightness, and a severe disconnect from yourself and the healing energy of the earth and the sun. Many of these headaches can be permanently removed from your life through the right lifestyle solutions, but for those who need a short term fix, here are 10 key ways on how to get rid of a headache naturally.

The Main Causes of Headaches

There are no shortage of reasons for a headache, but some of the more common things that can trigger one include:

  • Generally poor digestive health
  • Dehydration
  • Caffeine intake and withdrawal
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar consumption
  • Food intolerances (ie. gluten, dairy, soy, nuts)
  • Artificial food additives and toxic man-made ingredients (ie. MSG, preservatives, colourings)
  • Mineral imbalances
  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Prescription drugs
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Chemicals (ie. household products, perfumes/colognes, agricultural products, office furniture)
  • EMF’s
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Lack of grounding
  • Lack of sunlight
  • Chronic stress
  • Tight muscles
  • Misaligned skeletal system
  • Smoking

Fortunately, every one of these issues could be addressed and fixed permanently through the right education and healing protocols, so you can avoid or rarely have headaches again. For now, we will address more immediate remedies for headaches.

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

One good option to get rid of a headache are essential oils, applied either topically or through aromatherapy. These plant based infusions introduce oxygen and pleasant aromas that can release tension and alleviate other distress so you have a fighting chance to get rid of that headache. Some of the better essential oils to consider are peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, basil, sandalwood, and rosemary. You can cold diffuse them so they are directly inhaled through the air, or put 5-10 drops into a warm glass of water, soak a wash cloth in the water and wring it out, then apply to your head or back of your neck. You can also consider combining with a good carrier oil (like almond oil) and massaging it directly into the back of the head, temples, and forehead.

Fresh Air

Sometimes, a headache can just come on from plain old environmental toxins in our indoor and outdoor air. Spending too much time in heavy traffic, and too much time in an office environment, can definitely give you a headache. A good option to get rid of a headache in these cases is to get out of your home or office, and take a walk in a park or somewhere close that has relatively fresh air. A pure form of oxygen may just be enough to alleviate your symptoms. If this isn’t an option, put a big plant near you at home or work and sniff it thoroughly if you feel a headache coming on (never mind what your co-workers think…they may have been looking for an excuse to sniff a plant too). Also, close off your vents in your car when commuting that may be introducing smog, exhaust, and other environmental toxins into your small cabin space.


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Body Work

Sometimes, a headache is a result of misaligned energies, skeletal structure, or tight muscles. In this case, body work is an option you should definitely consider to get rid of a headache. Acupuncture is an age old technique of sticking thin metallic needles (its more relaxing than it sounds) into the skin to stimulate specific points in the body. This helps stimulate blood flow into tissues and can help relieve tension that may be at the root of your migraines. Massage is a relatively well known practice that uses a hands on approach to manipulate blood and lymph flow to certain areas of the body. Quite often, a well performed shoulder and neck massage will alleviate enough tension to get rid of a headache, but if more therapy is required, a craniosacral massage may be of further benefit.Chiropractic therapy involves adjustments of our skeletal system that may be out of alignment, causing compression of nerves or trauma to muscles and tissues. Sometimes a simple spinal manipulation can result in instant improvement for headaches that originate in the neck area. There are also other body work techniques that can help including reflexology and accupressure.

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