Headache Remedies: Top 11 Tips for Headache Relief

Headache Remedies: Top 11 Tips for Headache Relief


Dr. Axe:Hey guys, Dr. Josh Axe here along
with Jordan Rubin. Welcome to Ancient Medicine Today. We’re so excited for you to be here
with us. And, hey, if you’re new to the show, we want to welcome you and let you know we
come five days a week. We’re talking about how to naturally heal your body using natural
remedies such as diet, essential oils, herbs and natural treatment protocols here as part
of the show. And in today’s episode, we’re going to be
talking about the top 11 headache remedies. And Jordan, there are a large number of people
that struggle, I would say, millions of people, especially in the U.S., that struggle with
headaches on a regular basis. Now, there’s lots of different types of headaches
from migraines to cervicogenic headaches to tension headaches. But, there are many of
the same treatments. And so you’re going to see great results following the tips we have
today. Also, every week on the show we talk about food is medicine, and we’d ask you today
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headaches? And what are some of the root causes? Jordan:Well, first of all, I can tell you
that a headache is not an aspirin or acetaminophen deficiency, right, and that’s not why we get a headache.
There are a lot of reasons, we’re going to go into some of those. I actually think the
number one reason for headaches, and my kids know this very well, is dehydration. And I’ll
give you a headache remedy, when we’re going through this, that works like 90% of the time.
It’s funny, my kids will come and say, “Dad, I have a headache and I already . . .” and
I don’t want to give it up but I’ll tell you in just a moment, they’ve already tried
it. So they know a little bit of that. But it’s interesting how headaches are a topic
that affects everyone. I’ve never done a poll or a survey, but I’m guessing that everybody
has had a headache, right? I mean, I have headaches, it’s not very often, thank God.
I have relatives who have had migraines to the point where they’re carried out in a stretcher,
they’re down for days, I mean, horrible stuff. So migraine headaches, cluster headaches,
whatever you call that other kind of headache, which sounds super scientific – I’ve never
had one of those, I don’t think – but you’re right, tension headaches, it goes sort of
to jaw pain. Sinus headaches, that I do get sometimes. Dr. Axe:There you go. Jordan:You know what’s the worst, I almost
always, when I have a sinus headache, it’s then I fly. You know, like 30,000 feet in
the air is how I treat my . . . isn’t it the worst? Dr. Axe:It is, yeah. Jordan:I mean, there are times when you’re
landing and you have that sort of sinus headache that’s here and here that you just want to
punch the seat in front of you. But anyway, headaches are common, and I believe, you can
get rid of so many of them without having to grab for that bottle of pills. Dr. Axe:Yeah, absolutely. And by the way,
we are live right now with Ancient Medicine Today. We’d love to hear from you, let us
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New York. Guys, thanks so much for being with us today. So we’re going to dive in and talk about some
of these remedies. But again, there are multiple causes of headaches, Jordan. And so, we’re
going to get into many of these, everything from food sensitivities are a big one. We’ll
talk about tension in the neck, tension in the jaw, poor posture, all kinds of things,
we’ll get into. But number one Jordan here, this is a nutritional deficiency, a lot of
people have today, in magnesium. Jordan:Magnesium is responsible for hundreds
of different enzymatic activities in our body. Calcium gets a lot of credit as an important
mineral. Magnesium is so important. And when it comes to headaches, not only do you need
to have your proper levels of magnesium from food such as greens, plant foods are really
good sources of magnesium, animal foods to a lesser extent. But taking magnesium is great.
You know what’s great for a headache? Magnesium oil. Dr. Axe:Oh yeah, awesome. Jordan:And you know what’s pretty cool, it’s
not an oil. It’s actually sort of like an extract of seawater minus the salt. It feels
oily, but that is a great way to ease a headache. It’s very absorbent and you put it on certain
areas of the body. Just put it on the temples and especially on the neck, and if you put
it on larger portions of your body, your legs and your arms, it’ll help you absorb magnesium.
Another way to get magnesium is an Epsom salt bath, which is also great for headaches, especially
when combined with essential oils. So, magnesium’s a mineral where deficiency symptoms can include
headaches. Dr. Axe:Absolutely. So magnesium, again, the
great relaxation mineral. Number two here is a gluten-free diet. Now, this can also
go with other food sensitivities, but if you’re consuming gluten, it can cause an inflammatory
response in the body. Many people today, in fact, some numbers show about one out of seven
people are gluten intolerant. And I know, Jordan, for you and I, we believe
that sprouted grains and lacto-fermented grains that are ancient can be much better for our
health. But a lot of people today are going to have gluten sensitivity, so again, gluten
is one of the biggest ones. Sometimes it can be casein and dairy, though, there can be
other things. But if you have a food sensitivity, it can absolutely be causing a headache. And so, one of the things you want to do if
you get a headache, you want to go and start tracking what you’re eating on a daily basis.
Was there something you ate that meal before your headache came on that is a potential
trigger? Again, certain grain products, especially gluten, dairy, food additives is another big
one that can cause some form of reaction. So again, and there are some testing that
can sometimes would be beneficial, IgG testing, some IgE. But the best way to really know
is by listening to your body. Now Jordan, this next section here, you and
I both love essential oils. And by the way, we’d love to hear from you. If you have ever
used essential oils for a headache, neck pain, or any type of pain or discomfort, let us
know the essential oil that you used and the results you saw with using essential oils.
Jordan, here are two of your favorites, peppermint and lavender. Jordan:Absolutely. Lavender is the best. You
want to rub it on your neck, you want to rub it on your head. You can even take lavender
internally, especially if it’s organic. A couple of drops, very good to ease anxiety,
diffusing it, rubbing it in your hands, smelling it right out of the bottle, rubbing it on
your feet. Those are all great things to do. And when you’re getting magnesium in the form
of an Epsom salt bath or applying magnesium oil, lavender is great. And peppermint, got
to be careful applying peppermint because it’s very strong. So you want to be careful
on the eyes, and I’ve made the mistake of putting oils like that on my head that then
came down my face, you know the rest. Peppermint is awakening, but that combination, smells
great, and I do believe, it helps with a headache. Here’s what you alluded too that I want to
mention or clarify. Writing things down is really important, because people that have
cluster headaches or migraines, I think it’s important to know their frequency and the
severity. So I would journal this, because here’s why. When someone has a headache, especially
if they don’t want to do something, you hear about it. “Man, I would but I just have this
headache.” My kids are great with this. “Oh, you know what, I just really have a headache.
I would but I have a headache.” We don’t see people going around saying, “I don’t have
a headache today.” You don’t know when you don’t have one. It’s really sort of on or off, and then of
course, if you got migraines or cluster headaches, they can be severe or minor. But start journaling,
and I’d love to see a week over week or month over month basis, if you can reduce the severity
and the frequency of headaches, and essential oils are a great way to do it. I think certain
chemical fumes can cause headaches, essential oils can help them go away. Dr. Axe:Yeah, totally agree. What I’d love
to see with peppermint and lavender, what I would do is I would do a few drops, typically
three drops of each. You can do them neat, straight on the skin, right on your hand,
and rub them. If you’re having a pain, wherever the pain and discomfort is, especially though
the upper part of the neck, where your neck meets the base of your skull and also on your
temple area and forehead, rubbing those essential oils on that area or doing a great mixture
of magnesium with peppermint and lavender, what a great combo for that. And sometimes,
even taking a warm compress or hot compress on it for one minute, holding it on there,
can help you actually feel the results even faster. Now, number four here, Jordan, chiropractic
care. Now, chiropractors really deal with misalignments of the spine and this can absolutely
help headaches. In fact, I saw a medical study, Jordan, where chiropractic was more effective
than medications at the treatment of headaches. And so chiropractic, tried-and-true, absolutely,
probably the number one natural treatment, holistic treatment when it comes to headaches. Now, one of the big things, Jordan, we know
that can cause headaches is sitting at a desk all day and poor posture. You know, a lot
of times, people don’t realize this, but when someone’s looking forward, there should be
a curve in the neck at 45 degrees and really, your ears should be right over your shoulder.
Most people today, though, start to look down and get their head forward and they sit like
this all day. What that’s doing is putting tension on all of these posterior cervical
muscles, okay, these muscles in the back of your neck, causing tension and muscle spasm.
So again, if you’ve got poor posture, seeing a chiropractor oftentimes, they can prescribe
rehabilitative exercises. Some of the best things to do, Jordan, I know
I’ve been going to the gym lately and seeing a lot of people in there. You know, especially
all the guys, it’s like, it’s all chest and bicep and no back. I mean, you want to be
doing things like rows and pull-ups and reverse, things where you’re really working those back
muscles, opening yourself up, getting up from your desk every hour, walking for just a couple
minutes, staying loose. But again, seeing a chiropractor can have great results in helping
you overcome headaches. Jordan:Absolutely. We’re here at Ancient Medicine
Today talking about 11 natural headache remedies. And guess who needs to hear this? Everybody
because you’ve had a headache and you’re going to have another headache. We want to make
sure that they’re less severe and less frequent, and we want to help you get rid of a headache
quick. So if you’re someone who has headaches and
wants to overcome them, let us know. And more importantly, if you know somebody who has
headaches, and there’s people where it completely disrupts their life, share this message. We
do these live videos, Ancient Medicine Today, to transform your health while helping you
use food as medicine. I just thought of these top 11, we left one out. My number one treatment
for a headache is getting a babysitter. Dr. Axe:That’s pretty good, Jordan. I like
that. All right, we’re getting a few great comments here from people. Heather Schanz
says, “I love essential oils, and I use rosemary scrub and it really helps clear up my sinuses
and sinus headaches using rosemary oil. I also use peppermint and lavender with that.”
Heather, great idea, love that comment. All right, number five here, Jordan. You know
something about herbal formulas, I know that you’ve formulated hundreds and hundreds of
products using herbs. Talk about feverfew and butterbur. Jordan:Absolutely. I think butterbur is the
most effective herb for migraines, also good for seasonal allergies. Feverfew is more good
for tension headaches. But if you have migraines, you owe it to yourself to take butterbur.
You want to use a butterbur extract. You can certainly make a tea but it’s not easy to
find bulk herb of butterbur. But it is really strong in reducing headaches. And I’ve seen
some research that shows a significant response for chronic migraine sufferers simply using
a butterbur extract supplement, and they compared it to various other migraine medicines. And
it worked by itself and in combination with the medicine. The medicines are rough. I mean, I’m thinking
of some right now, they can be really rough and they cause dramatic side effects. But
people with migraines are desperate. Migraines cause missed work, lost jobs, and I know,
there’s athletes, the Football Hall of Fame ballot is coming. There’s one whose career
was cut short due to migraines and was one of the best running backs of all time when
he played. So it’s absolutely disastrous. Butterbur and feverfew are worth a try if
you’ve got chronic migraines. Dr. Axe:Awesome, great advice, Jordan. Number
six here, B-complex, and let me say this quick. You know, we appreciate all of you taking
the time today to watch the show. Remember, every week, we talk about food is medicine.
Hey, help us spread that message right now. There are millions of people that are suffering
with headaches that need to know this information. So take a minute right now, punch that “Share”
button, click that “Like” button, help us spread the word. Now, B-complex is full of many different types
of B-vitamins. B1 to B12, one of the most important B-vitamins is vitamin B6, as it
really helps support circulation and the opening up of your arterial system. And so again,
a lot of times that lack of blood flow, lack of circulation, in fact, Jordan, I’ve known
plenty of people who said, “Oh, I drank coffee or I had caffeine in that. I exercised and
my headache went away.” You want to increase your circulation, B-complex, specifically
B6, can help with that amongst boosting your energy and many other benefits. So, B-complex
or certain B-vitamin deficiencies can absolutely contribute to headache symptoms. Jordan:Right. And we didn’t talk about this,
but you can have a headache due to toxins being released. You know how I know that,
go on a fast and see how your head feels. Because when your body eliminates toxins,
you feel yucky, and I’ve heard it described as a toxin headache. Number seven, bone broth. Now this is interesting
because there is a way to make bone broth that could actually trigger headaches. If
you’re cooking bone broth for 24 to 48 hours, which is what we recommend, it can, in some
people, create a histamine reaction and cause headaches. So if you’re prone to headaches,
bone broth is still great, but make a hotter temperature. So instead of bringing it to
a boil and then reducing to a simmer, keep it higher on the flame for a shorter period
of time and it can actually help headaches, mainly due to hydration and powerful nutrition
in bone broth. So adding bone broth to your diet also helps with your gut, and many headaches
or chronic headaches are caused by hyper permeability of the gut, also known as leaky gut syndrome. Dr. Axe:Yeah, absolutely, couldn’t agree more.
Number eight here, now Jordan, this is one you talk about a lot, stay hydrated. I’ll
give you the floor here. Jordan:Awesome, I get two in a row. So this
is the remedy of all remedies. Now I learned this from a Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj. I’m
really excited because I can pronounce it. Dr. Axe:Well, his name is Batman, too. Jordan:It’s awesome. Now he was a prisoner
of war in Iran. This is an amazing story. And he, as a medical doctor, was a prisoner,
and he would hear the cries and screams of inmates. And he developed over four years
protocols to cure peptic ulcers and headaches using tap water. And he developed certain
systems and protocols. His first book was Your Body’s Many Cries for Water and then,
my favorite title, You’re not Sick, You’re Thirsty! So here’s a headache remedy that I learned
from him, adapted it a little bit. When you have a headache, drink eight ounces of water.
Room temperature is probably better but . . . and drink it quickly, don’t sip on it. Set your
timer for ten minutes and repeat. So you drink eight ounces of water, not anything else,
just water, don’t eat anything in between. Ten minutes later, if you still have a headache,
drink it again. Then go for some of these great treatments. Could you imagine if you
don’t really have a headache, you’re just dehydrated? There’s no doubt that your body works hard
to remove things that don’t belong. But in the absence of hydration, it struggles. So
this is a good tip, and I want to hear from you. If you’re somebody who use this, the
water cure for headaches, let us know about it. Hydrotherapy is great in general. Using
hot and cold showers, compresses, we could talk about that, with essential oils. But
eight ounces of water, right away, following ten minutes later, then try a natural remedy.
Don’t grab medicine first. I promise you your headache is not an aspirin or acetaminophen
deficiency. It is not. So, thank you for giving me that one. Dr. Axe:Oh yeah, great comment here from Ashley.
She said, “Hydration is very important to prevent headaches.” Rhonda Goddard says,
“Aloe vera juice works great as well. I’ve noticed it instantly helps my headache.” Great
thoughts and comments here. Jordan, you know, one of the things too is
staying hydrated, I think I see this a lot and when I work in clinic, seeing a lot of
kids, because a lot of them were drinking so much soda so often. So especially for soda
drinkers and coffee drinkers, I think they can become dehydrated even easier with some
of the things they’re consuming every day. Jordan:Absolutely. Dr. Axe:Number nine here, taking a detox bath
is great for headaches. We call this a detox or healing bath. Jordan alluded to this earlier
when he was talking about essential oils. Taking one cup of Epsom salts, taking 20 drops
of essential oils like lavender and peppermint, other good ones can be chamomile is another
great one, and soaking in the tub for 20 minutes is tremendous. It helps reduce stress, and
really, this is very, very good, especially when it comes to tension headaches that can
start in the neck or jaw area, relieving those. So again, 20 minutes, soak in a hot bath with
essential oils and Epsom salts goes a long way. Jordan:Absolutely. Stretching and moving.
You know what’s really frustrating, I occasionally, and just probably once a year, get a headache
where when I stand up, it’s like someone’s punching me multiple times, like that kind
of hollow head, boom boom boom. And then when you stand up, you, like, make this really
scary face, so it’s hard to get up and want to move around. You know what would be great
if you have a headache, go outside, take your shoes off, and walk on the grass, or if you
live on a coast, walk on the beach. We know that that lowers cortisol levels. We know
that lowers certain adrenaline and adrenaline-like hormones, but that’s really good. But if you can do some stretching and moving
followed by a bath, that could be really, really good. Try to do it in a way that’s
easy. And you know what you’re doing is you’re really sort of diffusing the circulation.
Because when you have a headache and you’re all balled up, everything is focused on that.
Stretching and moving also takes your mind off things. That’s part of it. Your headache’s
worse when you’re wallowing in your headache misery. So, get out and move a little bit. Dr. Axe:Absolutely. We got a question here,
which is an excellent question here from Sandra. She says, “Can you drink or can organic coconut
water be used for hydration as well?” Jordan:From a long-term standpoint, yes. But
tried-and-true, the water cure works. I really recommend using just water, as pure as you
can find, certainly filtered. I have not tried it with coconut water. But because there’s
sugars in it and it still would require more digestion, I’m guessing it’s not going to
have the same effect. Dr. Axe:All right, great advice. Number 11
here, the cayenne muscle rub. Now, we’ve all seen the commercials, where people are using
something that is hot and cold in a cream, rubbing that on an area and getting relief.
You know, that’s one really the benefit of when you’re consuming a food that is hot and
spicy versus a food that is cooling, both of them, one constricts, one dilates, what
you want to do is use them in combination. So you can actually do a muscle rub, and cayenne
is great for this, because cayenne is a very hot spice that opens up the arteries. Remember
earlier, we talked about one of the causes of headaches is lack of circulation. Cayenne,
of all the things on this list by far, will promote the fastest and most immediate circulation
in the body. What I would do as a cayenne muscle rub, take
a teaspoon of cayenne, mix it with just a little bit of coconut oil, make a paste, and
rub it on an area. Now, another thing you can do is make your own warm, hot compound
by doing cayenne pepper, drops of peppermint oil with coconut oil, and rubbing it deep
on an area. Sometimes, again, you can do a hot compress on the area as well. But cayenne
pepper, really a master when it comes to improving circulation and it’s fantastic, especially
for tension headaches. Jordan:Absolutely. And there are few things
that we could have added to the list. Adaptogenic herbs, ashwagandha, rhodiola, schisandra,
fungi such as cordyceps and reishi, lowering long term cortisol exposure is really great.
A lot of people have headaches because of stress, thus my joke about getting a babysitter.
But how many people say, “You’re a pain in the neck. You’re making my head hurt. My head
hurts just thinking about it.” Obviously, people’s heads hurt a lot. And following these
11 headache remedies can make a huge difference. One of them, water is practically free, and
I promise you it’ll work so often. So, here’s a good recap. What we want to start
with is magnesium, magnesium in the form of supplements, fruits and vegetables, particularly
green leafies, magnesium oil that you can spray or rub on, and Epsom salt in the bath,
really great. Dr. Axe:Great stuff. Going gluten-free is
getting gluten, potentially casein and other food triggers, out of the diet. Here’s the
key, just eat real food, get rid of the processed stuff. Jordan:Peppermint and lavender essential oil
are amazing. Lavender, you can apply neat or straight up. You can breathe it in or inhale
it, the olfactory nervous system will create peace and harmony with lavender oil. Peppermint’s
a little invigorating. Combine the two and a carrier oil, such as olive, jojoba or coconut,
and rub it where it hurts, and you will be very glad you did. Dr. Axe:Well, the chiropractic care, one of
the most powerful natural treatments for getting rid of both migraine and tension headaches.
Again, seek out a wellness chiropractor for treatment. Jordan:And if you’re somebody who wants to
naturally treat, remedy migraines, try butterbur extract or feverfew, available at your local
health food store. Ask the person working there which brand they recommend. This works
so well in certain people. Dr. Axe:Yeah, I’m going to hit on a couple
here. B-complex, again, we talked about B6 supporting circulation. B-vitamins are also
critical for liver detoxification, so again, getting these in your diet is great for both
helping headaches but also preventing them in the future. And getting bone broth contains
some really, really crucial amino acids and also other things like hyaluronic acid, glucosamine,
chondroitin, which are good for the joints, good for headaches, especially as Jordan mentioned,
a broth that is cooked at a higher temperature for a shorter period of time. Jordan:Absolutely. And stay hydrated and more
importantly, use the water cure for headaches. Drink eight ounces of water as soon as you
feel it, ten minutes later, another eight ounces of water, don’t eat in between, maybe
wait a little bit after that to eat. I really think dehydration is a big cause of this. And one thing we didn’t mention I wanted to
bring up, some people have headaches because of jaw misalignment. Chiropractic can help
but also, seek out a biological dentist. So for me, I’m a tooth grinder, I don’t think
it’s at night. Nicki hasn’t told me that. But I clench. So I wear a night mouth guard
to try to get everything aligned. Not that I’ve had headaches as a result, but those
type of things can really cause issues. So make sure that your jaw is functioning in
good shape. Dr. Axe:Yeah, remember, take a detox bath
at night. Use some of those essential oils, lavender, chamomile, peppermint with some
Epsom salts in a bath to relax and relieve your tension headache. Jordan:And get up and move gently. Pull your
shoes off, walk outside, connect with the earth. They call it “earthing” or grounding,
helps to reduce stress. Also take some adaptogenic herbs, rhodiola, ashwagandha, eleuthero, schisandra.
They’re really amazing. Dr. Axe:Yeah. And try a cayenne muscle rub.
Again, they increase circulation in the area. Well guys, this has been Jordan Rubin and
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