Over forty million Americans get headaches each year. Eight million of them will have to visit a doctor’s office. The most common type is the tension headache. The other two common types of headaches are migraines and clusters. https://www.cedars-sinai.org/blog/know-your-headaches.html

There are many drugs used to treat headaches. This link lists the most. https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/migraine-treatments

Natural Options


Drink Water

Headaches can be caused by dehydration. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/21517-dehydration-headache#:~:text=A%20dehydration%20headache%20happens%20when,and%20taking%20pain%20relief%20medication.

Relaxation Techniques

Tension headaches may be treated with several types of relaxation techniques. http://www.headachereliefguide.com/relaxation.php


Low levels of magnesium are also known to cause headaches. https://www.withcove.com/learn/magnesium-migraine-prevention#:~:text=How%20can%20it%20help%3F,transmitting%20chemicals%20in%20the%20brain.

Ginger Tea

Inflammation is another known cause of headaches. An anti-inflammatory such as ginger tea is known to work well. https://www.healthline.com/health/ginger-for-headache#_noHeaderPrefixedContent

Hot or Cold Compress

It is an individual’s choice to use hot or cold compresses. Place it on your forehead, temples, or back of your neck. I prefer a very hot shower to soak my neck, shoulder, and back muscles. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/in-depth/migraines/art-20047242#:~:text=Apply%20hot%20or%20cold%20compresses,may%20have%20a%20similar%20effect.


Traditional treatment for many ailments is butterbur, Petasites hybridus. https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/butterbur

Vitamin B2

A deficiency in the B vitamins can cause headaches. For example, a riboflavin deficiency (vitamin B2) appears to be more headache-inducing than other B vitamins.

Turn Off the Screen

Blue light can create eye strain and headaches. I bought a new computer monitor a while back and immediately had eye problems and headaches – within ten or twenty minutes. I bought a pair of blue-light filter glasses, and I can spend hours without any health issues. When you suspect that your electronic device might contribute to your headache, take a fifteen or twenty-minute break. https://www.healthline.com/health/blue-light-headaches


There are many causes of headaches. Treating a pathway that is not the cause of your headache may have no effect. For example, there may also be more than one cause – stress/muscle tension and blue light. Assess your life to determine what lifestyle changes might be needed.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/headache/basics/causes/sym-20050800. This link is a good one to review potential causes of headaches.

See your doctor when your headaches are increasing in frequency or severity or are interfering with your daily interactions.

Live Longer & Enjoy Life! – Red O’Laughlin – RedOLaughlin

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