Having a headache is painful, distracting, and irritating, but it is one of the most common physical complaints of humankind. Headaches can be sparked by all kinds of things, from dehydration to stress to allergies. When it comes to killer migraines, the cause comes down to the individual sufferer, as different triggers bother different people.
But despite how uncomfortable a headache can be, we are typically trained to believe that we can’t slow down for one. Even though that’s really what we should do, the first instinct is usually to reach for some acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve). Each of these over-the-counter pain relievers can minimize or eliminate headache pain.
Unfortunately, despite millions of dollars’ worth of advertising to assure consumers that these medications are safe, they all come with some serious side effects. Did you know that acetaminophen is the number one cause of liver failure worldwide? And for each of these major three painkillers, the effective dose is uncomfortably close to the toxic dose. When you read the fine print, you’ll see that the labels all discourage regular, consistent use of the product for pain relief.
These medications have their place, but it should be as a last resort rather than a first response. The following 7 natural painkillers could eliminate your suffering without imposing dangerous side effects. Many of them have been used in homeopathic medicine for hundreds of years, like #3, while others (see #5) are really going to appeal to today’s modern American.