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How to Get Rid of a Headache without Pills

Updated on February 20, 2014

Someone with Bad Headache



For headache suffers who seem to be taking so many pills just to function. I am no doctor! I just had a friend tell me about what she did to get rid of her headaches. She swore that using oxygen got her instant relief.

Most people don't get headaches on a regular bases but if you do you will do almost anything to stop the pain.

Most doctors do not know that oxygen will get rid of headaches so they prescribe pills. The problem with pills they either tear your stomach up or you become addicted.

My friend went to her doctor he prescribed a small bottle of Oxygen for her to use if she started getting a headache.

She said she would breathe in the oxygen a couple of times for a minute or so and her headache would be gone.

Most doctors never heard of using oxygen so it might take some convincing your doctor to write a prescription for oxygen.

Until You Can See Your Doctor: You can get headache pain relief by applying pressure to pressure points. You can press as hard as you can in the palm of your hand between your thumb and index finger.

You can also massage your temples and neck or ask someone else to massage your temples and neck. If nothing else it will take the edge off the pain.

Use a Hot and Cold Compress: Put the compress on your forehead and eyes than relax.

Peppermint Oil: Rub your forehead or places you feel the pain. Massage the peppermint oil in the areas where you are feeling pain.

Lay Down and Close Eyes: Sometimes when you get a headache it is due to eye strain or your eyes being sensitive to light.


Headaches Be Gone

Rub a small amount of Vicks Vapo Rub on your temples and forehead to help relieve headaches. The mentholated scent will release pressure in your head and instantly relieve pain. Vicks also has many other benefits and uses.

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This article was intended to help headache suffers so if you have suffered from headaches and you have tried techniques that has worked for you please share by leaving a comment.


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    • tamron profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I use to do facials for a living and they say rubbing your hands together gets the blood flowing evenly. Have you ever noticed how your head throbs when you get a headache?

      Its because your blood is not running in a even flow. Its pulsating with rythome of your heart.

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      6 years ago from Luton

      Useful hub, I find rubbing your palms together until warm, then placing them firmly over your eyes and relaxing with deep breathes, also thinking of a place where you feel totally relaxed, image your in a park, or whereever you feel relaxed and hold that thought and feeling.

    • torrilynn profile image


      6 years ago

      tamron, nice article that you have here. i never knew that you could relieve headaches without pain pills. whenever i would get a headache i would simply go relax and not stress about it eventually it would go away. thanks for the tips. voted up.

    • tamron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      I never heard of using oxygen to cure a migraine headache either, until my dads girlfriend was prescribed oxygen from her doctor. She would inhale the oxygen a few times and her migraine headache would go right away.

    • joedolphin88 profile image


      7 years ago from north miami FL

      That's a very different but interesting way to cure a headache. (Safer too)

    • quicksand profile image


      7 years ago

      I am in the habit of inhaling a few drops of water via each nostril alternately every morning and I also do the shoulder stand often. That's how I have been able to control my migraine.

      However, if I fail to do these for a couple of weeks due to not being at home, I find that headaches do start to come back. When this occurs I use hot and cold compress and I sit out in the balcony for an hour and breathe in fresh air. Then the headache vanishes.

      Thanks, voted up and voted useful too. :)

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      Redberry Sky 

      7 years ago

      Interesting ways to combat headaches - like Laura in Denver, I use coffee sometimes - the caffeine's a painkiller :)

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      Laura Deibel 

      7 years ago from Aurora, CO

      Coffee also works for me.

      As far as oxygen, I suppose there are the air bars. (Otherwise, I figure the mile high city has substantially LESS than most other areas.)

    • my_girl_sara profile image

      Cynthia Lyerly 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I also heard real deep breathing helps. It seems we need more oxygen when we get a headache.

    • Highvoltagewriter profile image

      William Benner 

      7 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Great hub..I learned something, it does reasonable that it would work. Tigerbalm is also great, but I do not like the smell!

    • tamron profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago


      I never thought about using Tigerbalm for a headache. My friend uses it on his hands for arthritis he swears by Tigerbalm.

      Thanks for the info.

    • peachpurple profile image


      7 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Sometimes I have headache, I use Tigerbalm on my forehead. Very spicy but cooling. Lie down on sofa or bed is the best remedy for me. Useful tips and wonderful hub.

    • noenhulk profile image


      7 years ago

      Hmmmn, I bookmarked this hub. Maybe I can use this technique and recommend to my sick friends. Why not? Thanks for sharing.


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