Dr Oz: All-Natural Headache Cures
Prescription drugs and over the counter pills are not always the best answer to what ails you. Dr Oz teamed with a pharmacist to share some of the alternatives that can target your specific type of headache. Try the Cool Down Drink, Quercetin, and Peppermint Oil for relief.
Dr Oz: Alternative Headache Cures
Pharmacist Suzy Cohen said that she prefers natural cures, as she has explained in the new book Headache Free. She said that patient questions and dissatisfaction with conventional medicines led her to look for alternatives.
In addition, Cohen said her husband has suffered for years with debilitating headaches. Now, thanks to her natural cures, her husband no longer has pain.
Dr Oz: Headache Cool Down Drink Recipe
The first solution on the list was Suzy Cohen’s Cool Down Drink. You can make it yourself with some colorful ingredients. Dr Oz said that the drink works because it targets inflammation. Blood vessels in the brain can become dilated and begin throbbing. Headaches can start deep inside the brain, releasing chemicals that cause the pain you are hoping to avoid.
Blueberries contain Resveratrol, Pineapples are high in Bromelain, and Spirulina provides protein and fights inflammation.
- 1/2 cup fresh Pineapple
- 1 cup Coconut Water
- 1/4 tsp Spirulina Powder
- 1/4 cup Blueberries
- 2 cups Kale
- Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor and serve.
Dr Oz: Quercetin for Allergy Headaches
Patients who have allergies and also get headaches could benefit from taking Quercetin. Histamines can cause headaches, and they are even found in our food. Quercetin, which is related to Vitamin C, is a natural antihistamine.
Suzy Cohen suggested taking a 500 mg Quercetin dosage two or three times per day to prevent headaches from allergies.
Dr Oz: Histamine Trigger Foods
An audience member complained that she regularly experiences lasting, serious headaches. Dr Oz said that could be caused by an environmental factor. Dr Oz shared some potential food triggers that could set off histamine release. Watch out for Barbecue Sauce, which Cohen called a migraenade (migraine + grenade).
Dried fruits contain sulfites that release histamine, causing inflammation that leads to headaches. Also, pumpernickel bread and other fermented foods can release histamine. Gluten sensitivity can compound these problems.
Try applying Peppermint Oil to your pulse points or temples to treat tension headaches with aromatherapy if you feel a headache coming on.