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Cures For Headaches

Updated on April 9, 2013

Types of headaches and causes

Millions of people suffer from headaches often and they are constantly looking for cures for headaches. It can affect the whole head or partially, like the forehead, the temples or around the eyes. Headaches can be primary headaches and secondary headaches. Primary headaches are those which are not the result of another underlying ailment or disease. They are independent of any other medical conditions and they are of various types including tension headaches, migraine headaches and cluster headaches. Secondary headaches on the other hand are the result of some underlying diseases or medical conditions.

Most common causes of headaches are:

Strain on eyes
Exposure to bright sunlight
Lack of sleep
Excessive heat
High blood pressure


Natural cures for headaches

Headaches can be cured by using medicine known as the pain killers or by natural means. The painkillers can easily be accessed over-the-counter, and exists in many varieties. But, frequent and prolonged use of pain killers to cure this problem can make them ineffective and tolerant. The painkillers such as Tylenol or aspirin can be taken to cure it.

Natural Cures
If you suffer from chronic headaches, It is advisable to avoid contemporary medical cures for headaches, but instead embrace natural cures that are harmless, less expensive and healthy to the body too.

Drinking lots of water
If you are dehydrated, drink lots of water or saline water. This will reduce the electrolyte imbalance in the body and ultimately cure headache.

Relaxation and meditation
One of the ways of doing this is by resting, taking time away from people and noise. Just lie down on a comfortable couch or bed in a quiet darkened room, with pillow under the head to ease tension on the neck region. Try to relax and have the eyes closed. Try to relax muscles. You can fall asleep too which will relax your body and ultimately relieve your headache.

Warm compress
Another cure for headache can be performed by warm compresses on the neck and the forehead. A towel is soaked in hot water, rinsed, then compressed on the nape of the neck and hold on for about two minutes. The process is repeated by use of cold water, but this time hold for only a minute. The two processes are done alternately for about twenty or so minutes. This is therapeutic and the warmth gives a nice feeling.

Massage has also been used over the years to relieve headaches. This is done around the areas of the ear, the neck, back and the forehead. You can also massage the base of the neck at the back and this will ease the pain. Massage is very soothing and it will relax the muscles.


Home remedies for headaches

Lavender essential oil
Add few drops of Lavender essential oil to a tbs of olive oil. Put two drops of this mixture on both temple and at the back of the neck below the hairline. It will clear out the headache with refreshing scent of Lavender. You can take a bath also with Lavender drops on warm bath water. It will relax the muscles and relieve headache.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Another useful cure for headache is Apple Cider Vinegar. It has lots of beneficial nutrients. Use an organic type of ACV which has more nutrients. Just add two tsp of ACV to a glass of water and drink it. If it does not taste good, add some honey or pop to taste it better.

Chamomile tea
Chamomile is a sedative and very relaxing. Add a chamomile tea bag to a cup of boiling water and steep for five minutes, then drink it slowly. This is a very relaxing and one of the most effective cures for headaches.


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      sfshine 5 years ago from Michigan

      Peachpurple, jpcmc,

      Thank you for your comments. Massage really helps to relax the body and relieve headaches. Pain medicines help, but we should not be depended on it if it is a chronic headache.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      In many cases a good rest will do the trick. but if it persists, you might want to consult a doctor.

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love massages that i received from my toddler son. He gives me a soft massages on my neck whenever i have a headache. Great tips you have mentioned. I usually depend on panadol. Now, i will resort to other natural remedies. Voted useful