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11 Natural Remedies to Relieve Your Headache

Headaches are a common ailment that can range from slight discomfort to migraines with debilitating pain. While there are many over-the-counter medications that can help ease the pain of a headache, there are also many home remedies that can help deter headaches before they happen or relieve one once it has begun.

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Headache Pain

  1. Stay Hydrated

    older gentleman drinking water outside on a benchDehydration can cause minor headaches, and too many people are regularly mildly dehydrated. By increasing water intake, the occurrence of headaches can be reduced. When one occurs, drinking more water can alleviate some of the symptoms. As both a preventative measure and a treatment for an active headache, water is a natural remedy that is reliable and effective.

  2. Showering

    Taking a shower can reduce a headache by addressing the tension felt in the neck or muscles around the head, relieving pain, and encouraging the muscles and the body to relax. If the shower has a massage setting, it can help ease tension and improve blood flow, reducing headaches. A bath can also help reduce the tension felt around a headache and help ease the pain. It provides a comfortable and welcoming environment that allows for relaxation and rest.

  3. Ice Pack

    Placing an ice pack on the back of your neck can help to reduce a headache by decreasing the inflammation in the blood vessels. As inflammation is lowered, the pain will go down. Alternatively, a washcloth that has been rinsed or soaked in cold water can be applied to the temple or forehead to fight headache pain in the forehead and front of the head.

  4. Sleep

    Maintaining regular sleep can help to deter headaches and keep the body and mind healthy. If a headache is already occurring, taking a nap or going to sleep can help reduce the tension and stress felt in the shoulders, neck, and head, relieving the headache by the time you wake up. In addition, a regular sleep schedule where the body is getting enough sleep each night can help reduce stress and tension, which will decrease headaches.

  5. Peppermint Oil

    Peppermint oil is a pain reliever used for headaches, toothaches, and sore muscles, among other concerns. It is a natural pain reliever and muscle relaxant that promotes healthy blood flow to the body and the brain. The improved blood flow can relieve headaches that are caused by tension or restricted blood flow. When a headache occurs, mix peppermint oil with olive oil, almond oil, or another carrier oil, and apply it to the temples. If this is not suitable, drops of peppermint can be added to a bowl of hot water, and the scent will be released into the air and help soothe the headache.

  6. Balanced Diet

    A balanced diet will help keep the body operating at its peak, which encourages healthy blood flow and reduced tension, as well as helping the body to release stress and stay balanced. A healthy body with all of the nutrients it needs and enough water to maintain proper hydration levels will have fewer headaches and show fewer signs of stress.

  7. Lemon

    person slicing lemons on counterThe refreshing scent of lemon paired with its relaxing tendencies makes it a good choice for headache relief. Other citrus foods may have a similar effect. Still, lemon offers a crisp and clean scent that can relieve stress, reduce tension, decrease headaches, and create an enjoyable environment. Mix juice from a lemon with warm water and drink it, or make a paste from lemon rinds and apply it to the forehead and the temples.

  8. Caffeine

    Many people who find they get tension or migraine headaches have been able to determine if they get headaches when they have food or beverages that have caffeine or if they occur when they abstain from caffeine. For those who get headaches when they drink caffeinated beverages, avoiding it altogether can prevent headaches. Others may find they have become used to the caffeine, and when a headache occurs, a caffeinated beverage may relieve the pain. Migraine medications have also begun including caffeine in medications to help them work faster and more efficiently.

  9. Yoga or Stretching

    older couple stretching on yoga mats on floor of living roomStaying active improves circulation, and yoga or active stretching can keep the body active. This will help stretch and relax muscles and improve the health of joints, which can help to slow the formation of movement restrictions or limited mobility. As you remain mobile and healthy, there will be fewer occurrences of headaches, and you'll be able to maintain other activities that you love, improving health and happiness.

    By caring for the muscles throughout the body, and even more the neck, the blood flow is not restricted and the circulation throughout the body, thus reducing the occurrence of headaches. Yoga has a series of poses that are created to relieve headaches by using stretching to move the muscles and positioning to ease the pain.

  10. Staying Active

    Being active encourages good circulation, strong muscles, and bones. As a result, it can promote overall health, which reduces headaches. In addition, the hormones that are released during exercise can relieve headaches that are already occurring.

  11. Fresh Air

    Getting outside for fresh air is a common way to relieve some of the pain with a headache. Especially when it is chilly or even cold out, the air will improve the functioning of the body and can reduce headache pain in the moment. In addition, having windows open and allowing fresh air into the home can help clear any staleness or stuffiness that occurs and can reduce the occurrence of headaches.

Some steps can be taken to reduce a headache as it begins or prevent it entirely. Even more can be done once a headache starts to form. Natural solutions can be used easily and often with things already around the home and over-the-counter medication that can be taken if other methods cannot break the headache.

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