How to heal a headache naturally without painkillers! These are some natural remedies you can try next time you have a headache, whether it’s random or related to raw vegan detox symptoms, these have really helped me and helped my family out.
I want to start with a disclaimer – I am not a doctor and this should not replace regular medical advice. If you have chronic migraines, an underlying health issue causing the headaches, prolonged headaches or any sort of head injury or trauma, please consult a medical doctor. 🙂
Why I Avoid Painkillers
I think if you are comfortable with painkillers and want to keep using them, then by all means do so! I fully support your decision. For me and my family we like to avoid painkillers because they are a big cocktail of chemicals, including a lot of things we don’t want in our body, including heavy metals, trace amounts of petroleum, etc.
Another reason we try not to use them unless absolutely necessary is they create what is called a Band Aid Effect, meaning they cover up the symptoms without fixing the underlying problem. I try whenever possible to let my body heal itself and listen to it’s signals instead of covering them up.
Tip #1: Give Your Body What it Needs
This is probably the most common recommendation and, sadly, the most overlooked! You may have a headache from a lack of sleep, water or food, or a combination of a few of these. The first thing you want to do is to eliminate these possibilities. If you are able to, take a nap or schedule time to rest later. Make sure you are well hydrated any time you have a headache and then keep it up throughout the day. Make sure to drink clean, filtered water.
Finally make sure you aren’t hungry or lacking nutrients. If you have been eating too little or eating badly then your body may just be sending you a sign that it’s hungry. Try a healthy snack, I include a number of ideas in my video, linked above!
Tip #2: Ginger Tea
Ginger is an amazing anti-inflammatory and headache symptoms are generally caused by inflammation in the nerves, blood vessels or muscles around the head. To get the most benefits use fresh, organic, raw ginger and grate it into a strainer over your mug then pour on hot water. If you’re out and about, have some dried ginger tea. Dried ginger will not be as potent, so you may need a few glasses. Alternatively, they now make dried ginger capsules that you can take with you to travel and use in place of painkiller capsules.
Tip #3: Ice It!
This is by far my favorite and most effective tip. If you are low fat raw vegan (LFRV) like me then you are eating well and hydrated. If I have ginger tea and the headache doesn’t pass, then I grab an ice pack and a soft towel and gently ice my head and neck. This offers pretty instant relief and almost always works for me.
I hope you found these tips helpful! Please let me know in a comment below what works best for you? Do you have any other tips to share? 🙂