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9 Simple Ways To Ease Annoying Headache Pain Naturally

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Over the past couple of years, I’ve started experiencing headaches and migraines more and more frequently. They don’t usually go away on their own, but I know it’s not good for your health to take painkillers on a regular basis. So in order to treat my headaches without causing more problems, I’ve tried out a variety of natural remedies. I’ve found that natural remedies can usually help me kick minor-to-moderate headaches, which helps me feel better about the times when I need to take medication for a severe headache or migraine.

I’ve found plenty of natural methods that can help relieve the pain of headaches, so I thought I’d share some of those with you today! Give one of these a try the next time you feel a headache coming on, and find out what works for you. (And if you have a great natural remedy for headaches that I haven’t mentioned here, I’d love to hear about it! Share your remedy in a comment at the bottom of this post, and we can keep the discussion going.) :-)

9 Natural Remedies For Headaches That Work

1. Aromatherapy

Essential oils with a “cooling” or anti-inflammatory effect can provide quick relief from a troublesome headache. I like to put a couple of teaspoons of fractionated coconut oil into a little roll-on bottle, and then add a few drops each of both peppermint and lavender essential oils. Then I give it a shake, and roll it on my forehead, temples and neck. Ahh, sweet relief! :-)

Natural Remedies For Headaches

2. Ginger Tea

Crush up an inch of ginger root and add it to boiling water. This homemade tea reduces inflammation in about the same amount of time as it would take an aspirin to work. Ginger tea has been used for centuries in Asia to treat a number of ailments.

Natural Remedies For Headaches

3. Capsaicin Cream

The active ingredient in capsaicin cream is actually cayenne pepper! It works by temporarily blocking nerve pain signals. Apply a small amount to the inside of your nostril that’s on the side of your head where you are experiencing pain.

Natural Remedies For Headaches

4. Feverfew

Past studies suggest that feverfew, a supplement from the sunflower family, may be effective for treating migraines. It is thought to work by reducing inflammation, which takes pressure off the nerves and can help prevent migraines.

Natural Remedies For Headaches

5. Epsom Salt Bath

Frequent headaches and/or migraines are one of many symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Many of your body’s vital functions depend on magnesium, but many people don’t get enough of it in their diet. An easy way to get more magnesium is by taking a relaxing epsom salt bath! Get all the details from my post about the subject below.

Related: The Power Of The Humble Epsom Salt Bath

Natural Remedies For Headaches

6. Hot & Cold Compresses

Both heat and cold can provide headache relief, oddly enough. Wrap an ice pack (or a bag of frozen veggies) in a thin towel and apply to your head. Or you can apply heat to the back of your neck with a hot shower, bath, or heating pad. Heat also helps to loosen up the muscles that tighten with tension headaches.

Related: How To Make Your Own “Chillow”

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7. Avoiding Eyestrain

Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time is sure to leave your head aching. The most important thing you can do to avoid eyestrain is to take frequent breaks. Get up at least once every 15 minutes, and focus your eyes on something that is at least 20 to 30 feet away. Another tip for avoiding eyestrain is to adjust the brightness and the contrast on your monitor to lower levels. You should also have your monitor at eye level, and keep it at least 18″ away from your face.

Natural Remedies For Headaches

8. Exercise

Exercise increases blood circulation which can help to relieve a headache. And if you’re exercising outside, the fresh air can also be beneficial! Exercise benefits and relaxes the whole body, so most sufferers of tension headaches experience marked relief with the addition of exercise.

Natural Remedies For Headaches

9. Staying Hydrated

One of the most common causes of run-of-the-mill headaches is dehydration. A lot of people don’t drink enough water, and a headache is one of the most obvious warning signs. Drinking at least 4-6 glasses of water every day will prevent a lot of headaches!


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  • Thanks for the tips, Jillee! But I just wanted to point out that, while Feverfew is natural, it needs to be used cautiously. A friend very kindly bought me a big tub but, when I checked the small print on the prescribed medication I was using, it said you should Never take feverfew if you’re using that medication. Natural remedies can be great but they can powerfully interact with other things, or affect other conditions like pregnancy. So we just need to research first and be as careful as we would with any drugs.

    • I agree with Pippa. With that being said, it stands to reason that EVERYONE should be careful taking herbal supplements internally not just those on prescribed medications………………………………

  • Thanks for posting this. I’ve had this cold/ flu mess for most of last week. I thought i was finally getting this mess on its last leg. Then the cough is being stubborn and the headache keeps coming back.I was using the peppermint oil by itself and the headache wasn’t budging, so I finally got out my printable chart and saw the lavender on it. I finally combined the two: and I was able to get relief. I. Will definitely try the rollerball suggestion.

  • My doctor recommended putting some Vaseline in each nostril to help with a headache that is caused by dehydration. It really works, especially with sinus headaches.

    • I don’t use petroleum jelly. I make my own NON petroleum jelly. I use coconut oil, and beeswax. I don’t use any specific amounts. Melt together and mix well. Pour into a jar and use. This is what I use for a really dry nose. A little in each nostril and I can sleep the night away.

      • I’ve read the dangers of petroleum products. So I use an ointment sold with GSE in it. Love how it helps. Clears up sinus issues as well.

  • I have a diluted rollerball of peppermint that I first roll on my temples, forehead and the back of my neck. Then I rub it in well. Works in 5 minutes or less. This is just what works for me. I do love my peppermint oil! I use it for stuffy noses, too and nausea. I just put some on my hand or just sniff out of the bottle. I do love my essential oils!

  • I struggle mightily with migraines and thought I had tried everything; thank you for some new things to try! Some things I have done are: put Vicks on my temple and other tender spots on the side of the pain (I can usually trace a nerve route) including along the long cord-like muscle in my neck. Make sure I’m getting enough sleep, and if I’m having trouble sleeping well, melatonin helps. And the biggest help has been to get computer glasses. They are specially coated to reduce glare and filter blue light and the spot (in bi-focals) that is for middle distance and is normally very tiny is greatly expanded so I can see what I need to through a greater percentage of my lenses. Oh, and if I can tolerate the risk that it will backfire and make it worse-because sometimes it does-spending some *quality time* with my husband quite often does the trick. ;)

    • Oh my goodness, I know what you mean about the risk of “quality time with the husband” because I have tried that before too. Most often in my case, during is not so bad, but afterward the pain is no better, sometimes worse.

  • My good friend suffered from migraines – almost weekly. I talked her into going whole foods, plant-based and when she sticks to that way of eating (no animal products, no oil), she has NO headaches. And it also stopped her lifelong asthma in its tracks. She was taking three asthma drugs before she changed her way of eating. Now she doesn’t need any. Just sayin’.

  • I cannot thank you enough for this post. As a headache sufferer sometimes the only thing that will even dull the pain has been a frozen compress. I have already ordered more EO for the headache relief mixture. I will try all of the suggestions, especially the exercise and the H20. The more I work my muscles the less they seem to tighten and spasm, it has been more of a challenge with all the snow we’ve had lately! Yes, here in Virginia! I do not envy all ya’ll that get snow all the time, I ‘d be really nuts!
    Thanks
    Cindy

  • I’ve suffered debilitating headaches for almost 40 years. The kind that hit me every 2-3 months and would last 24/7 with NO letup for 3-4 weeks straight. And wen I say debilitating, I am not exaggerating in the least. I was also stay at home mom to 5 children at the time. God got me through those times, but that’s the only way I did get through them. In re ent years, I’ve started taking daily magnesium supplements. It takes 3-4 months to see a noticeable difference, but it really does help! I still get the headaches, but now they only come 2-3 times a year, and last only 7-10 days. My acupuncturist & my chiropractor suggested this several years ago, and I Praise Jesus that I listened! I hope it helps some of you also.

  • Suffered increasingly from migraines as I worked my way through my 40’s. Assumed it was sensitivity to weather. Did DIY therapy and spoke a lot to my doctor. Nothing helped. At the urging of my co-workers saw a chiropractor who did X-Rays. Turned out due to an eye disorder, was holding my head wrong (have had corrective surgeries and it’s another story) After treatments and now maintenance my headaches have decreased by 80%. I also learned the difference between a sinus headache, menopausal headache, and a dental one ( result of a bad dentist). My advise is to really know what causes yours, there are many reasons, that makes it so much easier to pick which treatment will help which type your having. Now I don’t take medications ever, just use ideas similar to yours and it has been wonderfully freeing!

  • I also used to have bd migraines to the point of vomiting sometimes.They were actually menstrual migraines.At the time I was also helping out with my youngest Sister. Finally saw a Doctor because I couldn’t be incapacitated while I was watching her.,Can’t remember what the medicine was, but it worked. I just hope they don’t come back now that I’m approaching menopause.

  • I am surprised that you are saying to put capsaicin cream in your nostril. That sounds rather dangerous to me. That stuff could burn the inside of your nose. Is that really wise???

  • I live with chronic daily migraine and have tried many of your ideas, with varying degrees of success. I agree with you that it’s good to find non-medication ways to deal with the pain, when possible. Staying hydrated is extremely important, as you have stated, and magnesium supplements have helped me a lot. Another thing that I do was recommended to me by a Nurse Practitioner, years ago, and that is to eat some protein when I feel a migraine coming on. I carry a little bag of cashews in my purse, or sometimes a cheese stick (though you would need to be sure that it is a protein source that isn’t a ‘trigger’ for you). It doesn’t always work, but it helps often enough that I have continued to use this ‘remedy’ for 10+ years!

  • Long periods of breathing indoor air in wintertime can be a cause of headache for me. I have sometimes found relief by going outside (or at least sticking my head out), and taking 6 or more really deep, slow breaths of very cold winter air.

  • I thought of one reason people get headaches: hypoglycemia (without diabetes). I was talking to a lady this week who asked me, as I reached for pain reliever in the grocery aisle, whether I had arthritis. I have fibromyalgia, chronic migraine, and daily headaches. She told me she drinks orange juice and her migraine goes away. My hubby was in a hurry so I didn’t process this until later, but low blood sugar or hypoglycemia can bring on headache and other not so great symptoms. I can’t have citrus, but others I recommend are pear juice, apple juice, and strawberry kiwi. But then these days there’s so many other fun veggie and fruit juices available. Thanks for these additional things I can add to my toolbox. I have had migraine since I was 12, but developed temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and fibromyalgia. I have not been headache free since 2007, and these added conditions trigger migraine. One thing though about migraine. It’s a neurological condition, and each person has different symptoms. Some do not have headache. I’ve talked to some who have blindness as their main symptom! Pretty scary. It’s definitely important to see a neurologist or a migraine specialist in your area if you have this debilitating condition.

  • I also found out that magnesium works well also…..migraines can be caused by being deficient. Taking 800 IU a day can alleviate the number of migraines you get….making you take less of the pain killers.

  • I put an ice pack on my head and put my feet in a tub of water ad warm as I can stand. The idea behind this is the blood goes more to the feet, relieving the pressure in your head. It works for rdgular headaches. Helps wirh migraines but doesn’t relieve them altogether. Takes about 30 minutes. Better than taking all the meds. I learned about this method from someone who practices homeopathic medicine.

  • For a nagging headache or if you can catch the symptoms early, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (less if it is fresh) to a full cup of strong cafinated coffee, add honey to taste as this takes some getting used to, drink it down and SIT DOWN if only for a couple of minutes. 3-5 minutes is sufficient to get this going. I have had to do this on the run and while it works, resting just tiny bit helps tremendously.

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  • I was having terrible migraines from a tannin allergy. After praying I heard “wheatgrass” so I’ve been taking wheatgrass and it has helped. I also did a wheatgrass colon cleanse from a kit I bought online. easy pha max colon cleanse. I also did wheatgrass enemas…All this and prayer has really helped me!

  • I was told by an Irridiologist that using tea tree oil along with the peppermint would help my migraines. That was 10 years ago. Believe me it works to cool your head and smells nice. Panaway essential oil blend from Youngliving works well too. I mix them all together in a roller no carrier oil needed. Apply as needed. I also use cold rice bags kept in the fridge as an ice pack substitute. Keep in a zip bag too keep from absorbing odors.

  • I have suffered from migraines my whole life. I had been on the highest dose of inderal for years but when I became pregnant with my youngest I couldn’t take my medicine anymore. My midwife recommended I start taking B-2 400 mg a day. I had my doubts but oh my gosh!! Miracle! It is even on the migraine website. I have to say from someone that never trusted homeopathic remedies because of my long history of them not working, I was proved wrong.

  • I haven’t tried this -but a friend of my mom has a Migraine therapy cap. It has a spot to put an ice pack inside. I m not sure what the deal was but she or her daughter was hospitalized and she had my mom go get it and bring it to her. She has MS and I’m not sure if the headaches are part of it or are totally unrelated to it.

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