Vanilla and Other Natural Remedies
to Relieve and Prevent Headaches
by Tony Isaacs
Best Years in Life)
For many people, vanilla may the key
for eliminating headaches. Vanilla
extract contains eugenol, an
essential oil that has antiseptic
and analgesic properties and which
helps unclog blood vessels.
The ancient Egyptians discovered
that vanilla beans would cure a
headache almost every time
regardless of how serious the
duration or intensity. Though they
did not discover why vanilla worked,
they found that it was three times
more effective than their previous
best treatment, turmeric.
One headache sufferer reported that
nothing had worked for his constant
headaches of 40 years until he
turned to vanilla. He drank a
tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
in 8 ounces of water before going to
bed and the next morning the usual
headache pain was only half its
normal intensity. Two days later it
was gone completely and hasn’t
returned in over a year.
If vanilla does not do the trick,
here are some other natural headache
remedies to try:
* Dull a tension headache by
massaging a few drops of peppermint
essential oil into your temples.
Peppermint appears to prevent your
body from sending pain signals to
your central nervous system.
According to one German study,
peppermint works as well as 1,000 mg
* Mix one teaspoon of finely ground
cinnamon (called dalchini in India)
in one teaspoon water and apply to
the forehead. This remedy can be
very effective in headaches caused
by exposure to cold air.
* Lying down in a dark room, and
perhaps getting an hour or two of
sleep, will almost always make you
* To prevent and relieve migraines,
grind a 1 inch piece of ginger root
and add to an eight ounce glass of
fruit juice and drink once daily.
For more immediate relief take the
piece of ginger root and chew on it.
Ginger extract can also be used.
Note: Ginger has quite the hot,
spicy flavor but can offer quick
* Magnesium deficiency can cause
migraines. Up to 95% of us are
deficient in magnesium and taking
250 mg or more per day may be just
the ticket to relieve migraines.
* Taking a hot shower followed by a
cold shower of five minutes each, as
hot and as cold as you can stand
them may relieve migraines in as
little as 20 minutes. While you are
in the shower, think pleasant
thoughts and remind yourself that
everything is OK and so are you.
* Grind lemon peels and apply as a
paste on the forehead. Migraine
cures using this remedy has been
found very effective and long
lasting by many.
* Use one of the following mixtures:
- 1) Mix 200 ml of spinach juice
with 300 ml of carrot juice.
- 2) Mix 100 ml each of beet and
cucumber juices with 300 ml of
* Drink 2 tablespoons of vinegar
* Grind fresh ripe dark grapes and
drink the pure juice.
* Blessed thistle, cayenne,
chamomile, fennel, fenugreek,
garlic, lobelia, thyme, and wood
betony have all been used separately
and in combination for migraines.
* Eat a jalapeno pepper as soon as
possible to help drain the sinuses
and relieve the headache.
* Peppermint steam inhalation acts
as a decongestant and can quickly
relieve sinus headaches.
* Make a paste from dry ginger with
a little water or milk and apply to
* Take 10-15 basil leaves, 4 cloves
and one teaspoon dried ginger, grind
into a paste and apply to the
* Try a hot footbath along with a
cold compress on the forehead.
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