Headache Woman

Do you suffer from headaches or migraines? Corvallis Family Medicine is here to help. Our physician assistant Angie Bean, who has a special interest in headaches and migraines, has compiled some simple home remedy tricks to try!



Not only does lavender smell great, it’s also a useful home remedy for headaches and migraine pain. Lavender oil can be either inhaled or applied topically. Two to four drops for every two to three cups of boiling water are recommended when inhaling lavender-oil vapors as a headache treatment. Unlike many medicinal oils, this home remedy can also be safely applied externally without the need to dilute it. Lavender oil should not be taken orally.



Peppermint is a soothing home remedy that has been shown to benefit tension headaches. This fresh-smelling oil has vasodilating properties (widening of blood vessels), which help control blood flow in the body. Headaches and migraine pain are often due to poor blood flow, and peppermint oil helps to open the vessels that promote flow. Peppermint home remedies also open up the sinuses so that more oxygen can get into the bloodstream.



For people in need of a natural headache treatment, the oil derived from basil plants can also be a useful home remedy. Basil works as a muscle relaxant, so it is especially helpful for headaches caused by tension and tight muscles.



One of the most useful home remedies for reducing headaches and migraine pain involves making changes to your diet. Certain foods have been shown to affect the frequency and severity of headaches and migraine pain. These include:

– Dairy

– Chocolate

– Peanut butter

– Certain fruits, such as avocado, banana, and citrus

– Onions

– Meats with nitrates, such as bacon and hot dogs

– Foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG)

– Foods containing tyramine, an amino acid found in red wine

– Foods that are fermented or pickled

Keep track of these trigger foods and your reaction to them with a food diary.


Scalp Massage

Do-it-yourself scalp massages can be an effective way to alleviate migraine pain, and they feel great. Researchers in Brazil showed that massaging the greater occipital nerve — the area in the back of the head, at the base of the skull — reduces migraine pain.



Keeping hydrated is very important in general, especially with headaches and migraines. Many of the electrolyte drinks are packed with sugar. Here are a couple recipes you can try and many more can be found online.



Bright ‘n Early Recipe

-1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
-1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
-1 ½ to 2 cups of fresh water
-1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
-2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste


Lemon Sports Drink

– 4 cups filtered water

– 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

– 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt or real salt

– 1/4 cup raw honey (or more to taste)

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