Home Remedies for Headache

Written by Lari Warjri, B.A. | 

Article Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team on Jul 08, 2019

What is a Headache?

Headache is among the most common medical complaints. The majority of them are not life-threatening. They can be classified into three main categories, namely:

Tension Headaches are the most common type of headaches. Migraines have well-defined attacks with symptoms like nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to lights and sounds. Cluster headaches are repetitive ones that occur for weeks to months at a time, followed by periods of remission.

Common Causes of Headache

A variety of factors can trigger headaches-
  • Prolonged stress or tension

  • Several physiologic changes in the head and brain

  • Dilation and constriction of blood vessels

  • Abnormal activity of certain neurons

  • Genetic factors may be a cause for migraines

  • Smoking and alcohol may cause cluster headaches

Home Remedies for Headache

Tip 1

Roast some caraway seeds dry. Tie in a soft handkerchief or muslin cloth and sniff to get relief from headaches.

Tip 2

Add 2 teaspoons of powdered cinnamon to 1 cup of milk and boil it for one or two minutes. Add a teaspoon of honey, mix and stir it thoroughly and drink it at least twice a day when suffering from a headache.

Milk, Cinnamon and Honey can Cure Headaches

Tip 3

Eating a chopped apple sprinkled with salt every morning for at least a week will help cure chronic headaches.

Tip 4

Head massage with rosemary oil or a pain balm that contains menthol is an effective way to ease migraine pain.

Use Rosemary Oil to Relieve Headaches

Tip 5

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat headaches. Add tea leaves and ginger to 1 cup of boiling water. Stir it well and drain the water. Leave till it cools a bit and drink.

Tip 6

Peppermint oil is a soothing remedy for curing headaches and migraines. This fresh-smelling oil helps regulate blood flow in the body.

Tip 7

Lavender oil is a useful home remedy for headaches and migraines. The oil can be either inhaled or applied on your head. For inhaling, add 2-4 drops of lavender oil to 3 cups of boiling water and inhale the oil vapors.

Use Lavender Oil to Get Rid of Headaches

Tip 8

Basil is a strong-scented herb used for natural headache treatment. The oil works as a muscle relaxant and is helpful for headaches caused by tension and tight muscles.

Tip 9

Food items like chocolate, sour cream, nuts, peanut butter and caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea or cola, can trigger headaches. Avoid them if they give you a headache.

Tip 10

Mix cup of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. Boil the mixture in a covered saucepan. When it boils, remove from heat and leave for a minute. Lift the cover and slowly inhale the steam through your nose. This will provide instant relief from sinus headaches.

Tip 11

Make a warm soup and add some pepper in it. Warm soup will help you to get rid of nasal blockage and will cure headaches.

Tip 12

Fatigue and lack of sleep can contribute to headaches during pregnancy. Make sure you get enough sleep during pregnancy.

Get Enough Sleep during Pregnancy to Prevent Headaches

Tip 13

Drink plenty of water daily, as it is important to stay hydrated especially when you are pregnant as dehydration can be a big cause of headache.

Tip 14

Apply a hot or cold compress to your forehead and neck to get instant relief from headache.

Tip 15

Physical activity like exercising and daily walk can help prevent headaches during pregnancy.

Tip 16

Eat small regular meals and make sure that you are eating healthy organic food throughout the day. This will keep your blood sugar on an even level, which can prevent headaches.

Tip 17

Make sure that your kid is getting enough sleep as sleeping often resolves headache in children.

Tip 18

Give your child water, juice and other beverages that do not contain caffeine. This may help the headache go away faster.

Fresh Fruit Juices can Help Relieve Headaches in Kids

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NurseJon, United States

In addition to the water, consider adding a pinch of salt dissolved in the mouth. Water alone is a diuretic. The salt helps it get into the body and correct the drought. On average, they will be gone in 45 seconds.

amimar123, Algeria

Water helps in the treatment of headaches: Drought may be the cause of headache, so that as soon as you feel a headache sit and drink slowly Cuba or two of lukewarm water, the cold water increases the severity of headaches.

Debbies, Tunisia

Use caffeine carefully it can be a double-edged sword. Many OTC [over-the-counter] painkillers contain caffeine, for two reasons. Caffeine makes painkillers work faster and more effectively.