Many people perform a detox program to help quit an addictive habit. This could be for health reasons, for a work-related drug test, or simply to break the addiction cycle. Some of us need a sugar detox a junk food detox or maybe detoxing to reset the metabolism or to lose some weight. Either way, it can be common to experience headaches along the way. This article might give you some ideas to help reduce the detox headache effect. 

Drug Detox

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A detox could be for any of the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine or Coffee
  • Energy Drinks
  • Marijuana or other recreational drugs
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Junk food or sugar addiction

Our Herbal Detox is designed to assist you with this process and can be easily completed at home.


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Detox Headaches

Today we wanted to share some tips on avoiding the headaches that may occur. 

There’s nothing more annoying than a headache. Whether during a detox program or any other time. They can indicate toxicity, stress, blood sugar problems or just general fatigue, but there is an answer. 

Unfortunately, headaches are one of the most common side effects of doing a detox program if not managed properly, so I thought it warranted a devoted article.

Let’s talk about them in this order. 

1. Avoiding Headaches – Causes and prevention 
2. Detox Headaches – What causes them and how to reduce
3. Herbs for Headaches
4. Meditation


1. Avoiding Headaches – Causes and prevention

There are many reasons for a headache so to understand prevention we need to look at the different types and what causes them.

Different types of headache include:

  • a toxic headache
  • a tension headache 
  • a migraine
  • a cluster headache
  • a sinus headache

Let’s look at these in more detail.

Toxic (Detox) Headaches
Overuse of painkillers for headaches can, ironically, lead to toxic (or withdrawal) headaches. Over-the-counter medications like aspirin, ibuprofen fool the brain and when the medication is ceased the brain can be slow to recover full function. Toxic headaches are a symptom of withdrawal as the level of medicine drops in the bloodstream. This same effect is experienced when one drinks alcohol, smokes or use coffee or other stimulants such as sugar regularly and then suddenly stops. This is the type of headache you might experience when doing a detox for a work-related drug test for marijuana.

These are caused by the hormonal dependence created by repeated use of a stimulant substance. Avoiding stimulants altogether is probably the best preventative step you could take long-term. These headaches will eventually stop. 

Tension Headaches
These are the most common type of headache and feel like a constant ache or pressure around the head, especially at the temples or back of the head and neck. Experts believe these may be caused by the contraction of neck and scalp muscles and can be in response to stress and changes in brain chemicals. Slowing down, breathing deeply, eating and taking regular breaks can reduce these. One study found that even Short term spiritual meditation was highly effective in causing earlier relief in chronic tension headache as measured by headache parameter. (3)

Cluster Headache
These often occur at night and usually cause sudden pain on one side of your head – usually around the eye. They can happen several times a day for a period of time, then disappear for months or years. During an attack, people often feel restless and unable to get comfortable; they are unlikely to lie down, as someone with a migraine might. The cause of cluster headaches is unknown but could be a combination of stress, chemical imbalance, and toxicity. 

All the causes of migraine headaches are not fully understood but these are the symptoms. 
At least two out of these four: one-sided pain, throbbing pain, moderate-severe pain, and pain that interferes with, is worsened by or prohibits the routine activity
At least one associated feature: nausea and/or vomiting, or, if those are not present, then sensitivity to light and sound.
These headaches can last for 4-72 hours and may be preceded by visual distortions or hand numbness. Evidence suggests that migraine activity is influenced by hormonal factors, and particularly by estrogen levels. Postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy has been found to be associated with a migraine worsening in observational population-based studies. (1) This indicates hormones are probably a factor.

Sinus Headaches
When a sinus becomes inflamed, often due to an infection, it can cause pain. It usually comes with a fever and can be diagnosed by symptoms or the presence of pus. Usually, this is treated with antiseptic, anti-inflammatory remedies. By treating the entire body systemically with a Herbal Detox program sinus problems have been shown to reduce dramatically. This occurs at the mucous membranes are cleansed, stimulated and general inflammation is reduced by a good detox program.  

Drug Detox Headache

2.  Detox Headaches – What causes them and how to reduce

People often report headaches 2-3 days into their detox program. This is due to a number of factors

  • A reduction in sugar intake along with coffee, alcohol or other stimulant drugs or chemical food additives
  • The resulting reduction in circulating hormones due to abstaining from such substances  
  • Acids and other residual chemicals or drugs, leeching out of tissues and into circulation for elimination
  • Tension and stress energy being released as the body is clearing mentally and emotionally

These symptoms can be reduced by the following:

  • Keep your blood sugar up by consuming plenty of fresh fruit, juices and snacking every hour or two
  • Use liquid herbs like St Johns wort, Gingko, Siberian ginseng, Bacopa, Licorice and Turmeric to help increase circulating hormones and protect the brain from inflammation. 
  • Eat plenty of anti-oxidant rich food such as green smoothies, berries, and bright colored food
  • Relax in salt baths, get massage with peppermint and lavender oils
  • Drink herbal teas such as peppermint, ginger, chamomile, and green tea

Read more about sugar detox here

3. Herbs for Headaches

  • Feverfew leaves can be chewed and can give instant relief. See more about Feverfew here
  • Peppermint can be used as a herbal tea or essential oil rubbed into the temples and back of the neck
  • Lavender oil is a great relief when massaged into tight neck muscles. One study also suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in the acute management of migraine headaches. (2)

See specific herbs for Migraine treatment here



4. Meditation

Meditation can be incredibly powerful at relaxing the central nervous system and this includes the brain. Not only does meditation potentially increase the amount of oxygen supplied to the brain but also helps with the stress and addictive mental, emotional patterns related to the substance being detoxified. 

It’s best to sit in a quiet place for at least 10 minutes, but up to 30 minutes is even better. Focus on breathing deeply the entire time with the eyes closed. Repeating a positive phrase in your mind is a great way to calm the brain. Sometimes a power nap may result from meditation, which is perfect, as this can reset the hormones in your brain and allow you to continue on with your day without the headache.

Meditation can also be a powerful tool when it comes to your long-term conquering of the addictive cycle.    

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There is no magic cure for headaches because there are so many factors involved, but from your symptoms, you can assess your headache, look at the potential causes and choose natural solutions where possible. Doing a natural detox program can not only assist in your process of changing bad habits into good habits but in some cases, the detox headache has shown to be a long term cure for recurring headaches.

It has been our experience that people who undertake the Ultimate Herbal Detox can see the long-term resolution of headaches. The detox headache once relieved can be the end very of a wonderful process of getting clear and free of the addiction cycle. 

We have had a 100% success rate with people using this program before a work-related drug test for Marijuana when using the two-week (14-day) Ultimate Herbal Detox program pictured below.   


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(1) Migraine in menopausal women: a systematic review.

(2) Lavender essential oil in the treatment of migraine headache: a placebo-controlled clinical trial.

(3) Effect of rajyoga meditation on chronic tension headache.


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