Salt, specifically sodium, is something that we need to help our bodies function. Too much sodium can bloat us can cause heart issues, and too little can cause other issues. Migraines may be one of those issues, as studies are showing that a little salt can help stop – or at least lessen – the severity of a migraine headache. Other studies show that salt can worsen a migraine headache. So should we down the entire salt shaker to stop a migraine? No, but taking a little may not hurt you – but be careful.

The theory is that salt – more specifically Himalayan Pink Salt – mixed with warm water can help stop or ease a migraine headache. While many claim that this works, many with chronic migraines do not. Perhaps the difference isn’t the salt, but the headache. The vast majority of the medical community agree that dehydration can cause a headache – and a rather severe one at that – and warm salt water can help hydrate a body. This may help prove that it can work – but for a dehydration-based headache. However, there are still some that believe the magical powers the are encased inside Himalayan Pink Salt can cure a migraine. It contains 84 minerals, electrolytes and elements – a fascinating number considering that there are only 118 elements known to science. This salt helps reduce the severity of migraine headaches, strengthens the immune system, increases energy levels, balances serotonin levels in the bloodstream, restores the body’s alkaline and electrolyte balance, to name a few things. It can’t worsen a migraine, so why not try it? Well, because some claim that it can worsen a migraine.

According to Migraine.com, if the headache or migraine (or cluster headache) was caused by dehydration, salt can help. If the attack was triggered by dehydration AND other triggers (over-heating, exposure to allergens, chemicals, fumes, eating a triggering food, etc.), then salt may help, but you will likely require additional treatments to stop the attack. So basically, if the attack was triggered by something other than dehydration, then adding salt water will not stop the attack. Other treatments will likely be necessary.

Salt is great for many things. From seasoning our food to helping keep us healthy, we need salt in our lives. The argument over salt’s benefits of a headache or migraine headache may so on for years, but if you know that your headache is caused from dehydration, go ahead and try a mixture of warm, salty water. If you have blood or heart issues, you probably should rely on more traditional remedies, but for those of us just needing a headache fix, salt could possibly help. But, have a backup source of relief ready just in case it doesn’t provide the relief that you need.