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20 Ways to Stop Headaches Naturally

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The World Health Organization states that headaches are very common. They go on to say that nearly everyone has a headache occasionally and 1 in 20 will have a headache every (or nearly every) day. What you need to know is that while they are very common, they are not normal.

Headaches are your body’s way of telling you it cannot overcome the daily stressors that you place upon it. Whether a headache shows up from eyestrain, hormones, food intolerances, or anything else, you should never ignore the warning signs OR cover them up by reaching for prescription or over-the-counter medications. All medications have side effects, and you wouldn’t want to trade one condition for another.

Instead, try a few home remedies or natural approaches to reduce, or even eliminate, headaches for good. Here’s a good list of 20 ways to stop headaches naturally.

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1. Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care to stop headaches naturally

Chiropractors look to the spine for the cause of disease, including “minor” aches and pains like headaches. While we do not treat the headache or pain, we do check your spine for something we call vertebral subluxations that may be hindering the body’s ability to communicate properly with the brain. With a gentle chiropractic adjustment, we can remove the interference in the communication pathways which will set the body back into motion towards health. Want to know more about chiropractic? Read my post What is Chiropractic?

2. Homeopathy

Homeopathy for headaches

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that utilizes a principle of “like cures like” to treat illness and disease. It doesn’t just treat the illness but takes into account the entire person and their overall health picture. It is safe, gentle, and very effective in not only treating headaches on an acute basis, but it can dig deep and really uproot chronic headaches for good. Here are a few homeopathic medicines that may help with headaches:

  • Sepia – useful if headaches are related to female hormones
  • Sanguinaria – a headache coming from the sinuses
  • Gelsemium – headache brought on by colds or the flu
  • Mag phos – can be employed for tension headaches
  • Nux vomica – great for headaches after overindulgence

Want to learn more about homeopathy? Check out my virtual study groups or click to get my 37 Must-Have Homeopathic Medicines for Families cheat sheet.

3. Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy to stop headaches naturally

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on form of bodywork that focuses on releasing tension and dysfunction in the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Our brain and spinal cord are the most important organs in our body, and any undue stress and strain placed upon them can lead to illness and disease. This method of therapy is typically used by some chiropractors, massage therapists, osteopaths, and occupational therapists and consists of light touch to release the restrictions around the central nervous system.

4. Nutrient-dense snacks

Nutrient dense snacks can help stop headaches naturally

Nutrition is extremely important for our everyday body functions. Improper nutrition or skipping meals can cause our body to scream at us that it is lacking in vitamins and minerals. Headaches can be one of those ways our body is trying to tell us it needs to be fed. One easy way to stop headaches naturally is to grab a handful of carrots, an apple, or some trail mix to give your body a boost.

5. Hydration

Staying hydrated can stop headaches naturally

Headaches may be a sign that you are dehydrated. Our body is comprised of mostly water, and many people don’t do a good job of keeping it hydrated. And just like with foods, water provides our bodies with some basic minerals we need for our body to function normally. There’s no set amount of water that is beneficial for everyone, after all, we are all different. But if you suffer from chronic headaches, make it a point to track your water intake for a week and then increase it by an additional cup daily. You just might notice the headaches start to disappear.

6. Exercise

Stretching

Not only can exercise relieve stress, but it can calm the muscle tightness that is associated with certain types of headaches. It doesn’t have to be strenuous exercise. Gentle exercises such as walking, stretching, deep breathing, or yoga can be very beneficial. Also, exercise releases endorphins which are our “feel good” hormones. These endorphins actually block pain in our body and naturally aid in healing.

7. Massage

Massage

We are a society heavily dependent on technology. And because of daily computer and handheld device use, we are becoming a society where most people have forward head posture. What this means is that when you view someone from the side, their head is not directly lined up with their shoulders. When this happens, the muscles of the head, neck, and upper back become overstretched and overworked. The normal body response to prevent further injury to these tissues is to tighten up or spasm those muscles. With this tightening can come headaches.

Similar to craniosacral therapy, massage therapy is a hands-on form of bodywork that focuses on releasing tension from the muscles and fascia of the body. It also stimulates lymphatic flow which helps to reduce toxin build-up in our body which can be another cause of headaches. Massage therapy uses a somewhat deeper pressure to relieve tension from the areas involved than does craniosacral therapy.

8. Acupuncture/Acupressure

Acupressure can help stop headaches naturally
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Everything in our body is comprised of energy. A headache can be a sign that there is an abnormal energy pattern occurring within the body. Acupuncture uses needles placed on points along energy channels, or pathways, in the body to help restore the body to balance. Acupressure has the same premise but doesn’t involve using needles. Aculief is a wearable acupressure device that is inexpensive and easy to grab and use when a headache is imminent.

9. Herbs

Herbs drying

There are quite a few herbs that can be used to combat headaches. Both chamomile and passionflower are great for relaxing muscles and promoting sleep. Butterbur can be used to reduce inflammation in the body. And feverfew can help get rid of pain, nausea, and sensitivities that accompany headaches. Herbs can be steeped in water and consumed as a tea, or they can be taken in supplement forms like capsules or tinctures.

10. Vitamins/Supplementation

Vitamins and supplements

Vitamins and supplements are things I list here to use if you truly have a severe deficiency. Otherwise, true supplementation can be addressed by using high quality, nutrient-dense foods. B-complex vitamins and magnesium seem to be the most beneficial vitamins and supplements for combating headaches. B-complex vitamins boost the production of neurotransmitters and can be lacking in those that suffer from chronic migraines. Magnesium controls the normal function of blood pressure, muscles, nerves, and heart all of which can cause headaches in abnormal states.

11. Essential Oils

Essential oils can help stop headaches naturally

Aromatherapy has long been used to treat headaches. Only in the last few years have essential oils become more mainstream thanks to many network marketing companies and the power of word of mouth. Aromatherapy uses oils extracted from all types of medicinal plants for topical and inhalation methods of healing. Lavender essential oil helps relieve tension and stress as well as promotes relaxation. Both peppermint and spearmint essential oils decrease pain and tension and stimulate blood flow. Eucalyptus essential oil can decrease both pain and swelling associated with headaches. While some oils can cause reactions on the skin of some people, you should start with adding a few drops of the oil to coconut oil before applying topically. Use a few drops of the essential oil of your choosing in a diffuser for inhalation.

12. Ice

ice pack

Ice is anti-inflammatory and can decrease the firing of nerve signals. It can also break muscle spasms. While many people will reach for a heating pad when dealing with a headache, some find that an ice pack or cold compress has a better effect. Some headaches respond best when you alternate ice and heat.

13. Heat

heating pad

Heating pads and warm compresses can stimulate blood flow, increase oxygen, and relax muscles when someone is suffering from a headache. Place the pad or compress on the back of the neck or on the shoulders to help get relief of muscle spasms when you have a tension-type headache. Placing a warm compress over the sinuses when you are suffering from a sinus headache will help thin the mucus and relieve the pressure. For even better results, alternate with a cold compress.

14. Sleep/Rest

rest can help stop headaches naturally

Sleep is healing and restorative. To prevent headaches from becoming chronic, be sure you are getting adequate sleep without the distractions of electronics. If you suffer from a headache during the day, you might find relief by going into a dark and silent room so you can concentrate on relaxing tense muscles and decreasing stress from your body.

15. Breathing techniques

Deep breathing can stop headaches naturally

Deep breathing improves circulation, stimulates nerve function, increases oxygen flow to the brain, and causes relaxation throughout the body. To perform deep breathing, you want to see your abdomen expand, not your chest. Concentrate on the pit of your stomach and breathe in through your nose for about 5 seconds, hold for another 5 seconds, and breathe out for 5 seconds. Repeat 5 times. Just getting into this relaxed state may be enough to put a stop to an acute headache.

16. Get outdoors

get outdoors

Fresh air is sometimes all it takes to make a headache go away. Take a few minutes and go outside. Couple it with deep breathing and you’ll be feeling better in no time. If you want to learn how trees can be beneficial to your health, my friend Verla shares plenty of information over at her site Trees Mend Us.

17. Trigger elimination

Remove triggers like alcohol to stop headaches naturally

Whether your headaches are triggered by foods, alcohol, caffeine, or anything else, you have a leg up on everyone else. Many people don’t actually know why they are having headaches. They just assume that it’s stress or hormone-related without actually knowing. Remove the triggers for the time being and then consult with a health care practitioner who can help you focus on healing your body. By doing this, you’ll be less likely to experience headaches when your usual triggers are encountered or added back into your life.

18. Bath

Baths can stop headaches naturally

Baths can be a very relaxing way to stop a headache. Warm water increases blood flow and oxygen circulation throughout the body. Add in some Epsom salt to aid in detoxification or essential oils to help relieve built-up muscular tension.

19. CBD

CBD can help stop headaches naturally

While still controversial, many people have found great benefit in using CBD for headaches, especially migraines. CBD stands for cannabidiol and is a naturally occurring compound found in hemp plants. CBD from hemp plants acts just like our own natural body cannabinoids. It inhibits pain signals and decreases the inflammatory response.

20. Reduce stress

Stress relief

Stress can come in three forms: physical, chemical, or emotional. These stressors put our body into a fight-or-flight response. This response can increase blood pressure, tension, and inflammation and can decrease oxygen thus leading to headaches. Employ any of the methods mentioned in numbers 1-19 above to help reduce stress and stop headaches in their tracks.


Know that you are not alone in dealing with headaches. But also know that there are safe and side-effect free, natural remedies to stop and even eliminate headaches for good. Next time you experience a headache or migraine, opt for one of these natural methods first.

Do you have other natural methods you use to stop a headache? Leave a reply in the comments at the bottom of the page.

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What is Chiropractic?

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I am a chiropractor. So today I want to tackle the question What is Chiropractic?

According to many people, chiropractic is an alternative treatment for neck pain, back pain, headaches, and sciatica. That’s a pretty common definition or response you’ll get if you ask anyone you know.

But that is not Chiropractic.

The profession

To this day I will stand behind my opinion that our profession has done an awful job at educating people about chiropractic. Why? Because many in the profession don’t really know what chiropractic is themselves.

When I go anywhere and someone asks me what I do, I’ll respond that I’m a chiropractor and I always get the same response. They’ll point to their neck and say “I have this pain right here.” They’ve obviously been to a chiropractor and he/she has focused on their ache and pain, so I can’t blame them for their response.

I blame our profession.

As a chiropractor who travels the country, I get to see many chiropractic offices and chiropractors. As a colleague, it pains me to lay down on another chiropractor’s table only to be asked, “how are you feeling?”

What is chiropractic the adjustment

If everyone walking into a chiropractic office is being asked how they’re feeling, then what more could they possibly think chiropractic is?

And do you know WHY chiropractors ask people how they feel?

Insurance.

Our profession has stepped into the medical realm to provide services so they can receive insurance reimbursement. So to appease the insurance companies, they have to practice like a medical doctor…symptom based.

So if it’s not about headaches, back pain, or how you’re feeling, then what IS it about?

What is chiropractic?

In a nutshell, chiropractic is the science, philosophy, and art of detecting and correcting vertebral subluxations to restore normal nervous system function and increase a person’s life potential. It’s an alternative health care profession that focuses on LIFE and how your brain and body connection works to express LIFE within you.

Chiropractic is LIFE

I like to use the example of the dimmer switch when I explain chiropractic to people I meet. The electric meter is the brain, the light bulb is the body, and the dimmer switch is the vertebra.

When the dimmer switch is turned up (properly positioned vertebra), the light in the room shines bright. The electricity from the meter (brain) is communicating at 100% with the bulb (body). When the dimmer switch is turned down halfway (subluxated vertebra), the light bulb (body) dims because there is interference along the pathway from the electric meter (brain) to the light bulb (body). When the switch is turned all the way down (chronically subluxated vertebra), there is darkness. The electricity from the meter (brain) is now failing to communicate with the light bulb (body) at all…0%.

What do you think would happen if the nerves that send signals from your brain to your heart were only communicating at 50%? You might have arrythmias, high blood pressure, or a whole host of other issues. You could be put on medication to band-aid those issues, but that does nothing for the root cause…the subluxation.

The science

What is chiropractic the science

The brain controls every cell, tissue, and organ in your body.  It does this by sending electrical signals from your brain to your body to regulate and coordinate all functions and aspects of your body.  These signals pass down the spinal cord and thru the nerves that pass out of your spinal column and go to every area of your body.  If one of the bones of the spinal column moves out of proper position (what chiropractors call a vertebral subluxation), it can irritate the nerve that passes thru that area and cause a breakdown in the communication pathway from the brain to the body.  This process will cause poor function, sickness, and disease.

The philosophy

God designed our body to be self-healing and self-regulating to the constant stresses and demands that we place upon it; that is, we all have an innate (or inborn) intelligence within us that allows us to heal ourselves.  If there is interference in the communication pathways, then the body cannot accomplish this itself.  If the pathways are clear, we are able to heal and function at an optimum level.

The art

Chiropractors check the vertebrae in the spine to find subluxations.  This is a hands-on sensitivity that is learned over time.  If one or more subluxations are found, the chiropractor will then use his/her hands or an instrument and apply a specific force, speed, and torque to your spine moving the vertebrae closer to their normal position (this is a chiropractic adjustment).  As your body adapts to the changes, your communication pathways will become clear and your body will function at greater potential.

What is chiropractic the art

Every chiropractor is different and uses a technique that they have perfected to their liking. Just as two painters can paint the same object on a canvas using different mediums, chiropractors use different techniques to achieve the same goal: correcting vertebral subluxation.

Who should see a chiropractor?

Anyone with a spine.

Yep, you heard me right. EVERYONE!

Do you have a dentist? You see them for regular teeth cleanings and to make sure you don’t have any issues that may indicate decay or disease, right?

Do you have an optometrist? You see them for regular eye exams and to make sure you don’t have any underlying problems that could lead to eye issues, right?

Females: do you have a midwife or gynecologist? You see them for regular checkups to make sure you don’t have any issues that may develop into problems in the future, right?

Do you see where I’m going with this? Why is it that we have doctors we see for every other aspect of our health except our spinal health?

What is chiropractic adjusting everyone

Everyone with a spine (yes, infants and children included) should have regular checkups with a trusted chiropractor. You don’t need to have anything wrong to have your spine checked for vertebral subluxations. Just get checked to be sure that your nervous system is working at 100%!

How much does it cost?

The cost of chiropractic care is very different depending upon the area you live in and what type of chiropractor you see.

Some chiropractors take insurance. Your out-of-pocket cost would be whatever your copay or co-insurance amount is based on your insurance contract. However, be aware that insurance will only cover chiropractic on the basis of a medical issue/symptom. Insurances DO NOT cover regular non-symptomatic spinal checkups or maintenance care.

Cash pay chiropractors may charge anywhere from $20 to $60 per visit with the initial visit being even higher. Places like The Joint (a chiropractic franchise) are on the lower side of this dollar amount while private chiropractic offices are on the higher end. And some of these chiropractors lay out long term care plans that can be upwards of $5000 for a year worth of care.

What is chiropractic the cost

There are also chiropractic membership offices. Membership chiropractic is just like it sounds. You pay a monthly membership fee as you would at a gym, and you get access to as many chiropractic checkups as you need/want each month. This is a great option for families, as many of these chiropractors have a family membership fee that covers everyone in the family.

My chiropractic office is still a bit different than all of these other options. I focus on family care and practice with a fee system called Box on the Wall, or Honor Fee System. It’s similar to how farmers used to set out their produce and have a box for people to put their money in when they came to the farm to get produce for their family. They paid for the produce on their honor. Families love having this option because it makes it affordable for the ENTIRE family to have regular checkups.

So you can see, there are many different options of care ranging from more expensive to extremely affordable.


In short, chiropractic is not massage, physical therapy, nutrition, or treatment for your neck or back pain. Chiropractic is a profession focused on making sure your nervous system is free from interference so that you express LIFE at your greatest potential.

Do you have a chiropractor? Do you see him/her when you’re in pain or do you get regular care so you can live your greatest LIFE? Leave a reply in the comments at the bottom of the page.

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Homeopathic Medicine: An Interview With Joette Calabrese

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As a chiropractor, I seek out alternative health care for my family’s medical needs unless it is an emergency situation. Homeopathic Medicine is one such form of health care we choose to utilize that has made a huge impact on our lives. So today I am extremely excited and honored to share with you an interview with my personal homeopath and friend, Joette Calabrese.

Joette Calabrese

Kristi: Tell my readers a little bit about you.

Joette: I’m a practicing homeopath, educator, author, blogger, lecturer but most importantly, I’m a mom of now adult children. I raised them all without even one visit to a pediatrician. Why/how did I do this? I did it because I learned from my own ill health that commenced from the time I was 6 weeks old that drugs were not an answer to my allergies, food intolerances, anxiety, chronic fatigue, etc. How did I do this? I became bold. And my method to get the guts to do this was to learn what I needed to know to be able to treat my children for whatever came our way by using homeopathy. Today I teach other mothers how to grow their ability to cure their families themselves…using guts, spunk and moxie and the practical use of homeopathy. Today, I author a weekly blog and podcast to teach mothers (and anyone else interested…but to be honest, its mothers who have the internal strength to do this.) This is offered free so that anyone can learn how to take charge of their family’s health without dependency on drugs.

Kristi: What is homeopathy?

Joette: First, let me clarify what homeopathy is not. It is not herbalism. It’s not supplements. It’s not naturopathy. What homeopathy is, is a specific medical format that uses wholesome medicines to uproot illness.

Kristi: I have seen the terms “classical” and “practical” when researching homeopathy. What is the difference between the two?

Joette: Classical homeopathy is a method used by homeopaths throughout the world, including medical doctors in Europe and South America. It is based on the works of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700’s and is based on the idea that “like cures like”. That’s actually what the word homeopathy means. The preface “homeo” means homonym or similar, or like. And pathology means illness of medical condition. Classical homeopathy considers each person and counts on the idiosyncrasies of the individual in order to determine a remedy for a person who is suffering. Practical Homeopathy™ is based on the Banerji protocols. It uses specific medicines for specific diseases, which are diagnosed by using conventional diagnostics.

Kristi: How is homeopathy different than traditional medical treatment?

Joette: One of the most remarkable differences between the two is that homeopathy’s goal is to uproot the condition. Generally speaking, conventional medicine’s goal is to treat symptoms. Another is that homeopathic medicines carry no side effects. Must I mention the problem of side effects of modern drugs?

Kristi: Is homeopathy safe? I ask this because there have been some recent concerns over the use of homeopathic teething tablets given to babies.

Joette: Homeopathic medicines are often made from toxic substances, BUT what makes them into a homeopathic medicine is the special dilution process. The pharmacological dilution process goes so far as to render the original toxic aspect of the substance not only non-poisonous, but it also allows the curative action of the original substance to be brought to the fore. This is very different from conventional drugs, where the toxins remain in the pills, injections or liquids. These are called side effects and often render the patient worse than the state they were in before submitting to the drug. Worse yet, drug reactions can last for years after the drug has been halted. A perfect example is the ubiquitous use of antibiotics for simple ear infections in children. Long after, when the ear infection and subsequent use of antibiotics is merely a distant memory, the child may be left with gut dysbiosis, food intolerances, chronic constipation and worse. So to answer your original question regarding homeopathy’s safety record, allow me to boldly state that no homeopathic medicine has ever been pulled off the market for reasons of safety. Now, compare that to conventional medicine’s record.

Kristi: Can anyone find and use homeopathic medicines to treat themselves or their families or do they need to visit a homeopath?

Joette: I am a one woman advocacy program for teaching families how to use homeopathy themselves, even for seemingly difficult, chronic conditions.

Kristi: Who can be seen by a homeopath? And Is there anyone who should not seek the care of a homeopath?

Joette: Why, anyone who has a health condition! Homeopathy treats common childhood conditions such as respiratory diseases, ADD, behavior problems, women’s conditions such as hypothyroidism, menstrual conditions, menopause, arthritis, emotional conditions, insomnia, chemical and food sensitivities. If I continue, I’ll run out of space! I actually can’t think of a condition that wouldn’t benefit, and in some cases be eliminated, by the use of homeopathy.

Kristi: Would someone looking to consult a homeopath need a referral from their doctor?

Joette: Unless your doctor is French, German, British, Swiss, South American or Indian, it’s unlikely he knows what homeopathy is, so it won’t happen.

Kristi: How long would someone expect to use homeopathic medicines before they start to see results with their health condition?

Joette: If the condition is an acute one, such as an ear infection or a UTI, it has a reputation of acting within hours up to a day or so. When it comes to uprooting allergies or food intolerances, it will likely take months. Not a bad proposition given that modern medicine has nothing substantial to offer in terms of these conditions.

Kristi: How much do visits to a homeopath cost?

Joette: The fees that homeopaths charge vary depending on the expertise, clinical experience, and expected results.

Kristi: Will health insurance cover visits with a homeopath?

Joette: Insurance does not cover homeopathy but in my experience, most Health Savings Accounts cover fees.

Kristi: Where can someone find out more about you and your services?

Joette: Feel free to take advantage of my free blog where I give families my tips and the very methods I use in my practice and teach in my courses. My focus is to teach self-reliance.

Joette Calabrese

www.JoetteCalabrese.com


I just want to thank Joette for taking the time to answer questions about the basics of Homeopathic Medicine. One question I personally get asked quite frequently is “how do you know so much about homeopathy?” It’s all thanks to Joette’s study group curriculum, website, blog, and podcasts.

If you are not familiar with the basics of homeopathy or Practical Homeopathy™ and want to learn more, consider joining a study group that utilizes Joette’s Gateway to Homeopathy curriculum. It is an 8-week study designed for you and a group of others to gain understanding and confidence in using Homeopathic Medicine.

Do you use homeopathy in your home? What do you love about it? Leave a reply in the comments at the bottom of the page.

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