4 Natural Cures for Headaches I Learned From Being on the Dr. Oz Show

Last week, I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Dr. Oz show! I have to say that I was much more nervous watching the show, than I was during the actual taping. LOL While I had such a fun time on the show, I was even more excited to learn about some natural cures for my headaches. I’m not one that likes to take medicine, but when my headaches turn to migraines, I definitely have no choice (actually, I have a small window of opportunity to shut it down before it reaches full blown migraine status). When I suffer, the whole family suffers so I’m eager to try out these natural/preventative cures.

When you’re so used to dealing with something such as frequent headaches and migraines, it’s easy to forget that it’s not really normal. So being on Dr. Oz with Suzy Cohen reminded me that this is one area of self-care that I’d been neglecting. Walking around with migraine medicine in my purse at all times is really not okay. So I’m going to start taking a proactive approach starting with these four natural cures.

1. Cool Down Ade (green smoothie)

  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1/4 tsp spirulina powder

2. Quercetin 

A natural anti-histamine (who knew there was histamine in many of our foods?); Suzy recommends 500 mg 2-3 times daily

3. Avoiding certain foods

  • Barbeque sauce causes histimine to trigger, which casues inflammation
  • Dried fruit contains sulfates and sulfates increase histamine in your body
  • Pumpernickle bread: anything that has been fermented can cause the release of histamines in the body.

4. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint is known to relax the blood vessels; take 500 mg when you feel a headache coming on

I can’t wait to get my copy of Suzy’s new book, Headache Free, Relieve Migraine, Tension, Cluster, Menstrual and Lyme Headaches. Pharmacist Suzy Cohen has seen headaches of every sort and helps you uncover the hidden cause. Is it a hormonal imbalance, infection or food allergy? Is it a nutrient deficiency? Are your estrogen, testosterone and thyroid hormones in balance? What about neurotransmitters? The latest research is at your fingertips with this easy-to-read book. Cohen offers hundreds of solutions to end the pain including herbals, vitamins, minerals, medications, teas and much more!

Watch the full segment on Dr. Oz here:

Do you suffer from allergy or food related headaches? What usually helps you get through them?

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  • T. Espinoza
    March 27, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Yasssss! So exciting! Good info too, I had no ideas about those headache triggers. Howeverbutcomma, I’m not giving up barbecue sauce or pumpernickel bread. Guess I’ll be stocking up on headache remedies LOL
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    • Christine St.Vil
      March 27, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      LMBO only you T! But I kinda feel you on that one…but at least if we’re proactive, hopefully the triggers will stay dormant 😉

  • Jackie
    March 27, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Can’t wait to check this out! Have it pocketed for later.
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  • Heather Hopson
    March 27, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    I use peppermint oil for headaches! Rub it on my temples, smells and feels good! 🙂

  • Rani Craft Robinson-Kiganda
    March 27, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Nice job!
    The juice is easy enough to do at home. We always seem to have those ingredients in- house. 🙂
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  • Allison
    March 27, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Wow, not the BBQ sauce! I’m with T on that one, cuz this Southern girl needs BBQ in my life! I’ve sacrificed wine (except special occasions!), but I draw a hard line at BBQ, lol! I’m going to find some Peppermint oil this week, too! And I’ve tried other migraine smoothies with pineapple, but not this particular mix. And I bet is gonna be great for summer. Thanks Lady!

    • Christine St.Vil
      March 28, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Bwahahaha I hear you Allison and I’m not even a Southerner 🙂 Try it out and let me know how it works for you, and I’ll do the same 🙂

  • Christine St.Vil
    March 28, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Heather, why you been keeping these secrets??? LOL

  • MJ Jacks
    March 29, 2014 at 3:49 AM

    I have to read up more on the BBQ sauce. I prefer to make my sauces from scratch so we shall see what ingredient is the actual trigger. And I must use peppermint oil. Been using lavender oil but I have peppermint oil in the pantry. Great segment and that pink sweater is gorg!

    • Christine St.Vil
      March 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Aww thanks so much MJ! I actually tried to peppermint oil this morning because I woke up with a headache, and after I woke up again it was gone. So I’m going to stick with it. And yes, it would be interesting to know which ingredients specifically trigger the histamine. Let me know if you figure it out!

  • Tosh Patterson
    April 1, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Dr. Oz was gettin a lil fresh with you…just rubbing peppermint oil all over your temples 🙂 …jealous, lol

  • Christine St.Vil
    April 4, 2014 at 3:53 AM

    Bwahahaha Tosh! Yeah hubby told me the same thing. He was just doing his job. LOL

  • Kirstin Fuller
    April 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Fabulous! Great tips shared in this video. Great job Christine!

  • Julia
    December 19, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Quercetin that’s a new one on me and something that I will need to check out at the moment I am having to take tablets and been looking for a more healthy alternative.
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    • Christine St.Vil
      December 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      I had never heard of it either Julia. I haven’t tried it yet because the peppermint oil has worked a good 98% of the time that I’ve used it as soon as I feel a headache coming on 🙂

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