Ladies, there are natural remedies for migraines and hormonal headaches and today I want to share them with you some of the most effective strategies to be free of pain meds and headaches!
Acetaminophen—a well-known hepatotoxin… wait, Hepata, what?
Hepatotoxin is the term for substances that are toxic to the liver and acetaminophen is among the worst when it comes to over the counter drugs. In fact, it is the number one cause of acute liver failure in America!
What’s the most common root cause of hormonal headaches?
Estrogen dominance is the most common cause of hormonal headaches.
Working with a hormone expert can help you identify the source of your headaches and support you in relieving them for good.
Finding your root cause is important to understand if something bigger is at play.
Ok, so finding the root cause is important and sure Ibuprofen and Tylenol are bad, but when there’s pain, what’s a girl to do?
16 Natural Remedies for Hormonal Headaches
1. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
At a dose of 400 mg a day many people see a reduction in the number of migraines they have. Riboflavin is more of a preventative therapy and has to be taken consistently for at least 1 month to see any effects, with 3 months being the ideal minimum amount of time to evaluate the therapy.
This little herb has been shown to prevent menstrual migraines. I recommend women aim for at least 25 mg daily to get the most benefit of this anti-inflammatory herb.
3. Try Essential Oils
One to two drops of peppermint oil and lavender oil applied or massaged into the temples can safely alleviate headaches.
This is derived from the core of a pineapple and is a natural way to break down the inflammation-causing molecules in your body. When taken with food it acts as a digestive enzyme. But taking about 200-300 mg twice daily between meals can help lower your pain and inflammation.
I know it seems obvious, but for reals, if you’re dehydrated and prone to headaches then odds are one is brewing. Dehydration is a common cause of headaches. Aim for about 3 liters of water, herbal tea, bone broth, and mineral water daily.
Catch yourself clenching your jaw? What about pulling your shoulders to your ears? Many headaches can come from tension and if your hormones are imbalanced then stress is going to take a greater toll. Try these stress-reducing techniques to help prevent headaches.
This beautiful golden root works on some of the major inflammatory pathways in the body to bring down pain and inflammation. It is excellent as a beverage (see recipe) and can be taken in capsule form at a dose of 1,000-2,500 mg daily.
Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that help lower inflammation and can help bring hormones back into balance. Aim to eat 2-3 servings of fatty fish or supplement 1,000-2,000 mg daily. Yes, ladies, sardines can help your headaches!
Stretching, movement and exercise can go a long way in keeping pain at bay. Consider working with an exercise physiologist, functional trainer, physical therapist, or another movement expert as part of your pain prevention regimen.
This little root is a rival to NSAIDs! It’s been shown to be as effective as NSAIDs at reducing pain. In general, a dose of 1,000 mg twice daily works well for most people. Ginger is also lovely as a tea and can be combined with turmeric for double the herbal anti-inflammatory power!
Body work can not be underestimated for ladies who suffer from hormonal headaches! It’ll not only soothe your stress, but it will also allow your nervous system to take some much-needed R & R while your muscles get a good release.
12. Chiropractic Care
You need a doc experienced and trained in pregnancy to help you really have all your prenatal needs met. Gentle chiropractic care can help alleviate musculoskeletal pain.
13. Eat Liver Loving Foods
The liver has a big role to play during your pregnancy, which includes supporting hormone breakdown and metabolism. A diet rich in high-quality proteins, leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and root vegetables like burdock, carrots, and beets supports a healthy functioning liver.
14. Apply Heat
Take care not to expose baby to heat or to apply heat for too long (no more than 15-20 minutes). Chat with your doctor about how to do this best and how often would be appropriate for you.
Note: Alternating hot and cold therapy can be very effective, but also very stimulating…and we don't want to stimulate the wrong areas so chat with your doc!
15. Digestive Enzymes
Taken between meals, enzymes like bromelain can help cut down inflammation and pain. Of course, check with your doctor first, but this may be a helpful tool to add to your routine.
This mineral has been shown to prevent headaches. It acts as a muscle relaxant and is also anti-inflammatory. Pregnant women often need more magnesium than their diet can provide, but diet is still the best starting place.
And sometimes, you just might need a medication and that is ok. I would still recommend seeking adjunct therapies and work with your doctor to ensure you are maintaining a safe dose.
Bonus: Cramp Bark for Menstrual Cramps
This is one every woman should keep in her medicine cabinet. If you have menstrual cramps taking Cramp Bark two days prior to your period and during may be just herb you need to break up with those NSAIDs. Women generally report relief with 1-2 droppers full (30-60 drops) three to five times daily.
Hormonal Headaches Have a Root Cause
Hormonal headaches are more than just a monthly inconvenience or burden—they are a sign that something is out of balance in your body and in need of attention.
Grab your Hormone Starter Kit, which includes a hormone balancing meal plan and recipe guide. If after trying some of the recommendations in this article and the Hormone Kit you are not getting relief, consider working with one of my clinic’s skilled practitioners.