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25 Easy Ways to Get Rid Of A Headache Fast at Home

Updated on January 24, 2015

Everyone get headaches these days!

If you've ever suffered a throbbing headache, you might be aware of how debilitating it could be, and with today's hectic lifestyle, it is not surprising that many people suffer from headaches.

Stressful days and changing seasons can bring you a bad headache. You can always reach for a bunch of pills in your medicine cabinet, but too much pills is harmful in the long run. There are other ways to get rid of a bad headache.

Because OTC drugs have harmful side effects associated with long-term use, many headache sufferers are trying to find effective natural treatment for headache. So in this article I provide some tricks to get rid of headache that will be very useful.

There are many types of headaches , so it is important to learn to recognize them. If you suffer from headaches very frequently, it is advisable to visit a doctor for a complete review, because although these tips will help you control the problem temporarily, it will be necessary to find the reasons for this situation. Home remedies proposed here are not intended to replace the opinion or treatment of a doctor.

How to get rid of a bad headache without pills?

1) Nuts Cheese and Raisins

Eat a handful of nuts, cheese and raisins on a daily basis to prevent a headache or migraine.

2) Lavender leaves

Crumple fresh lavender leaves in the palm of your hand and press them on the forehead for 5 minutes. You can repeat this for as long as is necessary to relieve the pain.

3) Potato juice

Drink half a glass of freshly squeezed potato juice to get rid of a headache from the inside.

4) Get a breath of fresh air

It is sometimes stuffy and stale air that causes you to develop a headache. Open the windows, let the air in and stop what you're doing and relax for a few minutes.

5) Put on some relaxing music

You can listen to jazz or chill smooth music. There are some good songs that you can choose from. Imagine yourself relaxing in a place where you always wanted to visit while listening to it.

6) Basil leaves

Most people are aware that basil is used as a flavor enhancer in many recipes including pasta and pizza sauces, but many people are unaware of the health benefits of it. Basil leaves can be used as an effective means to get rid headaches. Basil oil has anti - inflammatory and muscle relaxant properties and can therefore be used as a cure for headaches caused by tension. Simply inhaling the scent of basil extract essential oil brings both stimulant and analgesic actions.

7) Ginseng

Best known for its adaptogenic properties, ginseng helps to adapt to the physical and mental effects of stress and anxiety in the body. Ginseng can also be considered as an effective method to get rid of headaches, because often the headache problem is caused by stress. Ginseng can be used safely in the long term as it is free from side effects and it also helps to improve your overall health.

8) Feverfew

Feverfew effectively relieves pain and fever. Scientific studies have reported that feverfew helps to reduce 70% chronic migraine. There are anecdotal reports that, when used in combination with white willow bark, feverfew is more effective.

9) Hot compress

Grab a towel with hot water and put it on your neck. The heat can make you feel relaxed. Alternatively, you can use cold water and apply it on your face, leave it for a few seconds, then do the same on your neck.


10) Lemon tea

Drink some lemon tea. Tea soothes the body and calms the mind. Make it a habit to drink one or two cups a day. You get more health benefits than coffee plus it can make headaches disappear.

11) Yoga

Do some stretching or yoga exercises.

12) Acupuncture

Try alternative forms of medicine such as acupuncture. Many people attest to the wonders of this ancient Chinese approach to medicine. It can get a bit pricey, but this is something you should try. The whole process looks scary at first glance, but once you try it, you will come back for more.

13) Rosemary

Another herb you may never thought could relieve headaches is rosemary. Use a sink and get a couple of pounded leaves of rosemary with about five cups of warm water. Let the steam enter you and breathe as much as you can. It is guaranteed to reduce your headache or get rid of it completely.

14) Passionflower

Normally used as an anti - anxiety and insomnia remedy, passion can also be used as a headache remedy for that particular type of headache caused by anxiety disorders. This is actually how the flower got its name; it is a useful tonic for passionate people. It seems that flavanoids are the key to the properties of passionflower, although scientists admit they do not exactly know how it works to calm the central nervous system.

15) Lemon balm

The use of lemon balm as a curative for depression, migraine, tension and headache pain can be traced back to the 14th century, when it served as a herbal tea to the French king Charles V for these symptoms. This herb has a subtle lemony flavor, hence the name.

16) Lobelia

Although a man by the name of Samuel Thomson claimed to have discovered the lobelia plant around 1803, it had long been used as a medicinal treatment for headaches by the Cherokee peoples of North America. The crushed leaves of this plant were used as poultices to treat headaches and sinus inflammation, the dried leaves were used as snuff. Lobelia also strengthens the immune system and helps to reduce cold or flu symptoms.

17) Chamomile

This plant belongs to the daisy family, and the dried petals are effective in the treatment of migraine and other headache types. The active ingredient in chamomile bisabolol extract that has anti-irritation, anti - inflammatory and anti - microbial effect. Dried chamomile blossoms are best taken internally, through a drip into a soothing herbal tea.

Caffeine Headaches

People who regularly use caffeine in their diet realize that if they do not get their daily dose of caffeine they will suffer from early drug withdrawal symptoms. The most common of these is the caffeine headache or caffeine withdrawal headache. The most recommended treatment for it is to consume caffeine. For people who are trying to cut back on caffeine, this is not a solution.

Here are some other things you can do to get rid of a caffeine headache:

18) Take a nap

Sometimes it is possible to simply sleep through the problem. Let it solve on its own. Get some sleep for a few hours and wake up with a clear head.

19) Peppermint

One of the most common natural headache treatments is peppermint (usually in the form of peppermint tea). People who suffer from caffeine headaches have reported that they felt better and cured after using peppermint as a natural remedy.

20) Drink plenty of water

One of the best natural things you can do for your body is to drink water. You might be surprised by how much you can heal if you have eight glasses of water per day. Try adding more water to your diet and see if the headache goes away or not.

21) Get a massage

You may find that you just need to get your body into a state of relaxation to get rid of the headache. Schedule a massage appointment at a local day spa. You might consider discussing some aromatherapy options they have available for headaches.

How to do a self massage?

22) A simple trick

One of the tricks to remove the head pain is easier to place the pads of your thumbs In the center of your forehead above your Nose for several seconds. Being a point where it is possible to relieve tension, this works very well to relieve discomfort.

23) Cold compress

Apply a cold compress is another trick to get rid of headache that will be very useful. Lie comfortably on your bed and apply cold compress in the areas that bother you for a few minutes, while protecting the pad with a light cloth so you do not cause skin discomfort.

24) Essential oils (lavender and peppermint)

The essential oils of lavender or peppermint are also known to relieve headaches. A massage with a few drops of these oils in the points where you feel aching will help ease the pain. Massage the ears and ear lobes and neck helps to get rid of sinus headache.

25) Cabbage

Bandage a cabbage leaf on the forehead and temples with an elastic bandage. Leave for 10 minutes and repeat until the headache is gone.

Hangover Headaches

Hangover headaches

Going out for a drink is great fun and most of you have some legendary nights that’s hard to remember. But the next day, many people swear that they're never going out, and never ever drink again?

A hangover after a drunken night can leave you with a splitting headache, a dry, sore throat and a queasy feeling that makes you think that you are probably sick.From all of this the headache might be the worst.

What causes a hangover headache?

These headaches are mainly caused by simple dehydration. Because alcohol increase urination and blocks the signal to the brains that tell us we are thirsty, resulting in dehydration. Meanwhile, it also causes our brains blood vessels to expand causing low blood pressure and headaches. Meanwhile urination results in a reduction of the number of vitamins and minerals in the blood which in turn leaves brain without electrolytes must for communication between synapses etc.

How to cure hangover headache?

So with this in mind, the best way to cure a hangover headache is to try to replenish water and minerals in the body which help to recover the brain.

A cup of coffee is the remedy that comes to mind at first but coffee is bad. Although coffee can help you to sober up when drunk by improving functioning of the brains, it is actually one of the worst things you can drink in an attempt to recover from dehydration induced headache simply because it actually causes dehydration. So steer away from caffeine for now, unless you have a headache that is caused partly by a lack of caffeine.

Drink ginger and licorice tea instead of coffee.

Salt can help to reduce hangover headache. Salt is also good for other things, because it is an electrolyte that is used to make our neurons communicate. When we normally have a lot of salt lost in our urine and sweat very dehydrated and drinking much more water without replacing part of the sodium is a sure fire way to end up with a disturbance of electrolyte balance. Solve the problem by eating a delicious salty meal. At the same time by eating carbohydrates in the form of potatoes and bread, you will be able to increase your energy.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I have used many of the methods you list here and they do work well. I have not tried the potato juice idea. Not sure if I could get that one down. Love the natural scents and food ideas. Very good write up on this topic. Sharing.

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