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Top 12 Natural Headache Remedies

Updated on January 24, 2012
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When your head pounds, your whole body feels the pain. Every headache has a different cause just like every headache has a different treatment. If your are among those who look to relieve pain without the use of medications, try one, two or more of these natural headache-relieving remedies. All of these natural headache remedies are effective, but finding the one that works for you, may require you to try each one until you find success.

1 - Peel a fresh lemon and save the peels. Pick up a piece of the lemon peel -- one in each hand and rub your temples in small circular motions.

2 - Wash your hands with antibacterial soap. Place your thumb in your mouth with the pad of your thumb touching the roof of your mouth. Gently rub the roof of your mouth making small, circular motions. Rubbing the roof of your mouth disrupts the pain signals in your brain.

3 - Make yourself a cup of Goldenseal or Mint tea and add honey. Sip the tea and feel your headache slip away.

4 - Take a moderately soft hairbrush and brush your hair gently from front to back. Better yet, have someone else brush your hair, while you close your eyes and relax. As the brush massages your scalp, it increases the blood flow, which reduces and relieves headache pain.

5 - Fill a basin with cool water. Take off your shoes and socks and sink your feet into the water for five to 10 minutes.

6 - Grip the end joint in your thumb between your thumb and forefinger on your other hand. Massage the joint for three to four minutes. Switch positions, grip the thumb joint on the other hand, and massage for three to four minutes. Continue to alternate between left and right thumb massages until your headache pain subsides.

7 - Grab a handful of almonds and munch on them, you will need about 1/4 cup of almonds to make this natural remedy effective. Almonds contain natural pain relievers, which take about 45 minutes to feel the effects.

8 - Fill a small zippered bag with ice, lay a thin towel on the back of your neck and place the ice pack on top of it. Leave the ice pack in place for 15 minutes or so.

9 - Cut up and eat 1/2 cup of strawberries, which have pain-relieving properties.

10 - Lay down and let your imagination help. Create powerful happy, relaxing images in your mind for 20 to 30 minutes. If you like to ski, imagine yourself perfectly skiing double black diamonds. If you enjoy the beach, imagine what you would do on a perfect beach day. Conjure up any type of good thoughts and get lost in your imagination.

11 - Even if you have to bribe your son, daughter or spouse to massage your shoulder and neck region, along with your scalp, it's well worth it. Rubbing the kinks out of your muscles and scalp, helps relieve headache pain.

12 - For those who suffer from chronic headaches, add vitamin C and magnesium to your daily regimen. These supplements help both relieve and prevent headache pain.

If you do not have a history of headaches or develop a sudden, severe headache, seek medical attention to determine the cause.


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      Patricia Scott 6 years ago from sunny Florida

      thank you for sharing these...i have had migraines all of my life and was put on a beta blocker about 20 years ago...within the last six months I was weaned off of them. Now I may have a migraine only once every 2 months. I do have chronic headaches and am always seeking a way to relieve the pain naturally. One I use for migraines is baggies of ice ....I use it all over my head...and it helps, a bunch.

      I am eager to try your other suggestions as well. So glad you shared this.

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      blairtracy 6 years ago from Canada

      Great ideas! Especially in this day in age when everyone is looking for a more natural cure.

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      Dawn Conklin 6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Wow, some great tips for fighting headaches! I get headaches frequently-usually sinus headaches. One thing that has helped me with sinuses is sea salt and water. Helps clear them out. I will try these tips too