Whether you are averse to using over-the-counter or prescription medications or simply don't have one available, knowing how to cure a headache without the help of medications helps. There are many natural remedies, treatments, and preventative measures you can try to relieve your headaches and migraines.
Method 1 of 4: General recommendations
Step 1. Go for a walk
Going for a walk and fresh air can work wonders on a headache, especially if it's caused by stress or if you stare at a screen for too long. Go to a quiet place, take a deep breath, and let your mind wander. Your headache will be forgotten in no time.
- Get as close to nature as possible. A peaceful country road or secluded sandy beach is ideal, but if you're stuck in town, the local park will do.
- Pick up the pace and go for a little jog if you want. Studies have shown that aerobics can help decrease the intensity of pain and regular exercise reduce the frequency of headaches.
Step 2. Apply an ice pack
Apply an ice pack to the painful area of your head. Try to place it on your forehead, temples or behind your neck. The cooling effect of the ice pack will help relax your muscles and relieve pain.
Step 3. Take a relaxing bath or shower
Headaches caused by stress or tension can often be easily relieved just by giving yourself a moment of relaxation. A hot bath scented with soothing essential oils can work wonders, but even a quick shower can help relieve the stress of the day.
Step 4. Give yourself a head massage
Apply gentle, even pressure to the painful area of your head with your index finger or thumb. Hold for seven to fifteen seconds, then release. Repeat if necessary.
Otherwise, have someone rub your neck and back or give yourself a massage
Step 5. Take a nap
Force yourself to take a nap and your headache might have miraculously gone when you wake up. Find a quiet room, close the curtains, lie down on a bed or sofa. Close your eyes and try to release the tension from your back, neck and shoulders. Clear your mind, focus on your breathing, and try to let yourself fall into a peaceful sleep.
Step 6. Eat something
Headaches are often caused by hunger. Try to eat a small, healthy meal, and then wait half an hour or an hour for the pain to go away.
- Try to eat your meals at the same times every day to avoid headaches. Don't delay significantly or skip meals.
- Remember to eat slowly, you don't want to end up with a stomachache on top of your headache!
Method 2 of 4: Prevent headaches
Step 1. Shut down your computer
Spending long periods of time staring at a computer screen is a common cause of headaches. Staring at a bright screen all day creates a filter on your eyes and can very easily lead to headaches. Flashing images can overactivate your retina and nerves in your eyes, another cause of head pain. Try to limit your computer usage as much as possible.
- Limit the time you spend in front of your computer as much as you can. If you use it for your work, take frequent breaks, get up, walk a bit, get out for some fresh air …
- Each week, go a few days without using an electronic device and relax. Do not make a professional appointment, dedicate these days to rest to reduce stress, because stress is often the cause of headaches.
- Take 10 minutes of rest away from the computer for every hour you spend in front of the screen.
Step 2. Take magnesium
Taken daily, magnesium can help reduce the frequency of your headaches and migraines. This mineral helps calm the nerves, which tend to be overexcited during headaches. You will likely need more than the average multivitamin tablet contains or more or less than 400 to 600 milligrams per day.
- Look for magnesium with chelated amino acids (many brands contain magnesium oxide, which is not as well absorbed).
- You can also increase your magnesium by eating green vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
Step 3. Consume vitamin B
You can take supplements or eat foods rich in vitamin B2 and riboflavin. Eat more organic foods, green vegetables, beans, seeds, and nuts.
Step 4. Avoid substances that promote headaches
Some substances are more likely to cause headaches than others. You can prevent headaches by limiting your intake of these substances.
Nitrates and nitrites.
Nitrates and nitrites are found in processed meats and monosodium glutamate (MSG), used in foods as a flavor enhancer. Some heart medications also contain nitrates.
- Phenylethylamine, present in some chocolates and cheeses.
- Tyramine, sometimes found in nuts, fermented meats, cheeses and soybeans.
- Aspartame, present in many artificially sweetened foods.
- Caffeine and alcohol also trigger headaches in some people.
Step 5. Wear sunglasses
Prolonged exposure to sunlight can upset your brain's thalamus, which sends pain signals to your body. To protect your eyes from glare and reduce the risk of headaches, wear polarized sunglasses with UVA / UVB protection.
Make sure the glasses you are wearing are correct for your eyesight. When the eyes are tired, it causes pain in the head
Step 6. Let go of your hair
Many women suffer from tension headaches because of a ruthless hairstyle, which pulls on their scalp. Loosen your bun or ponytail or wear your hair loose to minimize the risk of a headache.
Method 3 of 4: Use specific natural remedies
Step 1. Drink lots of water
Dehydration can often cause headaches. This is because the lack of water reduces the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. As soon as you feel a migraine coming on, try drinking a glass of cold water. If the headache is caused by dehydration, drinking water can relieve or cure it within minutes.
- You should drink eight glasses of water a day to prevent dehydration.
- Drinking water is especially important after consuming alcohol, as alcohol causes dehydration, which leads to hangover headaches …
Step 2. Use lavender oil
The relaxing properties of lavender products are well known, but did you know that lavender oil can also be a very effective headache treatment? Just take a bowl of hot water and add a few drops of lavender oil. Lower your head towards the surface of the water and place a towel over your head. Breathe deeply, inhaling the lavender-infused fumes.
- Lavender oil can also be applied externally. Try massaging your temples with a few drops of undiluted oil for a minute or two, while inhaling deeply.
- Be aware that you should not ingest lavender oil.
Step 3. Put peppermint oil on your head
Rub 3 to 5 drops of peppermint oil on your temples and forehead. Lie down and relax for up to 30 minutes for the oil to take effect.
Step 4. Use rosemary
Rosemary can be very effective in treating headaches. Try massaging your head with a little rosemary oil (which has anti-inflammatory properties) to immediately relieve your pain. Alternatively, you can drink infusions of a combination of rosemary and sage, to alleviate your headaches.
- To make a rosemary and sage infusion, add a teaspoon of crushed rosemary leaves and a teaspoon of crushed sage leaves to a cup of boiling water. Cover and let steep until the water is at room temperature.
- Drink this infusion two or three times a day.
Step 5. Try the cloves
Cloves can be used in many different ways to relieve the pain of tension headaches. Here are some suggestions.
- Gently crush a few cloves and put the pieces in a clean cloth bag or handkerchief. Inhale the scent of crushed cloves to relieve your headaches.
- Mix clove oil with sea salt and massage your forehead and temples. Clove oil provides a calming effect and sea salt intensifies the massage.
Step 6. Obtain some basil oil
Basil is a strong scent herb that can be used effectively in the treatment of headaches. Basil works as a muscle relaxant and therefore may help in the treatment of headaches caused by tension and tight muscles. Drinking basil infusions twice a day is an excellent home remedy.
- Put fresh, washed basil leaves in a cup of boiling water and let stand a few minutes before drinking. Sip the infusion in small sips and your headache should slowly subside.
- For mild headaches, you can also chew fresh basil leaves or massage your head with pure basil oil.
Step 7. Take ginger
Ginger helps reduce inflammation of blood vessels and for this, it is often used in the treatment of headaches. Try adding a few inches of freshly chopped or grated ginger root to a cup of loose leaf tea and steep for several minutes before drinking. You can add milk or sugar according to your taste. This homemade tea reduces inflammation in the same time as an aspirin.
- Alternatively, you can boil some fresh or powdered ginger in water and inhale the steam to get rid of a headache.
- Chewing on candied ginger candy can also help relieve headaches.
Step 8. Use cinnamon
Cinnamon can help alleviate headaches, especially those that strike in combination with the common cold. An easy way to use cinnamon for headache relief is to make a paste with freshly grated cinnamon and a little water. Apply this paste to your forehead and leave it on for ten or fifteen minutes. The headaches should subside soon.
Alternatively, you can make a soothing drink by adding two teaspoons of powdered cinnamon to a cup of hot milk. Mix in a teaspoon of honey to make it suck more, if you desire
Step 9. Try peppermint
The soothing properties of peppermint are well known and it can be very effective in treating headaches. Massage your forehead, temples and even your jawline with peppermint oil. Alternatively, apply freshly crushed peppermint leaves to your forehead and let sit for ten to fifteen minutes, while breathing deeply.
- Fresh peppermint leaves can also be used to make a soothing tea. Simply add freshly washed peppermint leaves to a cup of boiling water and let steep for a few minutes.
- You can also use peppermint as a vapor treatment, adding a few drops of peppermint oil to boiling water and inhaling the vapors.
Step 10. Eat apples
Apples can help relieve headaches. Apples contain elements that can regulate alkalinity and acidity levels in the body, thereby relieving headaches. Try to eat an apple (with the skin on) as soon as you feel the onset of a headache.
Alternatively, you can add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar which has similar properties to a full glass of water. Drink this solution for immediate relief from your headache
Method 4 of 4: Use other treatments
Step 1. Try acupuncture
In acupuncture, fine needles are inserted under the skin to realign the flow of energy, or chi, in the body. Some studies have shown that acupuncture can help prevent acute migraines as well as medications and with fewer unwanted side effects. Acupuncture may help people with frequent episodic headaches and chronic headaches.
Step 2. Get botox injected
Better known as a wrinkle reducer, botox injections are approved in the United States for the treatment of adults with chronic migraines. Multiple injections, at a cost of around 350 euros per injection site, are given all around the head and neck once every 12 weeks. Studies have shown that botox injections can also reduce the frequency of headaches.
Step 3. Try transcranial magnetic stimulation
This non-invasive treatment takes an hour or two and is carried out in a clinic by placing electromagnetic coils near the head to deliver magnetic pulses to the brain. Be aware that transcranial magnetic stimulation is still considered an experimental therapy in the treatment of migraine headaches.
- Keep your distance from electronic devices.
- Keep your distance from loud and abrupt things.
- Talk to your doctor about reflexology, maybe it will work.
- If you have a celiac problem or have gluten reactions, consider a gluten-free diet.
- Get a cayenne pepper or capsaicin cream.
- Take a nap, but don't get up immediately when you wake up.
- When you have a headache, stay away from light sources, as the light can make things worse.
- If your headache persists and you start to worry or the symptoms get worse, seek medical advice immediately.
- Read the medication leaflets carefully.