On the heels of the Tylenol recall, finding natural remedies for the common headache are higher up on the list of to-do. If you would rather suffer through a headache than take an over-the-counter medicine don't lose all hope. Natural remedies are abounding, just read below for the basics.
If you feel a headache coming on start drinking plenty of water. Dehydration is a cause of headaches so make sure you get your drink on, especially if you haven't been working on getting hydrated prior to the headache. According to the Mayo Clinic, drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is key.
CUT THE SUGAR
Cut out the sweets. Sugar can cause headaches and so can artificial sweeteners like aspartame also known as Equal or NutraSweet. Cutting down on sugar, known to be an inflammatory agent, will lower your chances of getting a headache and also help heal it if you have one already.
EAT A BANANA
Adding magnesium to your diet will reverse the effects of any inflammation that is causing the headache. Take a magnesium supplement or increase your intake of magnesium-rich foods like nuts, wheat germ, bananas and green leafy vegetables. According to Livestrong.com, a 2009 review article by Dr. Sun-Edelstein and Dr. Mauskop, published in Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, shows that people with headache disorders such as migraines have lower levels of magnesium.
GET TO THE POINT
Acupressure points on your hands have been known to heal headaches. Locate the web-like area of skin between your thumb and index finger. When making a fist, the headache pressure point is located at the highest spot on the muscle bulge between the thumb and index finger. Apply pressure to that are using your thumb and middle finger of your other hand. Now hold that pressure point for nine breath cycles.
Get outside for fresh air. Taking deep breaths and relaxing will reduce your headache symptoms. Also using ice packs to treat headaches has been shown to reduce the pain by reducing inflammation in the head. A 2006 study, published in Evidence-based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, indicated that cold therapy can successfully treat headaches.