Natural remedies can help your head feel better.
When your head hurts, it can ruin your whole day. Whether you have a tension headache, a sinus headache or are prone to migraines, it’s helpful to have a bag of tricks ready to help ease the pain so you can get back to doing the things you love.
Try these tips and discover natural ways that may help your head feel better without medication.
When your head hurts, take a walk.
You may not want to get off the couch or out of bed when you have a headache, but doing so may help. Moderate exercise can help you feel better and may even be effective in reducing chronic headaches.
Use hot or cold compresses to help your head feel better.
Cold compresses or a bag of frozen vegetables placed on your forehead may help if you have a migraine. If you have a tension or sinus headache, heat may be a better solution. Place a heating pad or warm cloth on the back of your neck or over your sinuses, depending on where the pain is worst.
Try drinking or eating something that contains a little caffeine to improve your headache.
It may seem that caffeine would make your headache worse, but if you have a small amount of caffeine as your head pain starts it may actually improve your symptoms – just don’t have too much. Some over-the-counter headache remedies include caffeine because it helps pain relievers like acetaminophen work better.
Drink some water to reduce headache symptoms.
It is common for people to get headaches when they are dehydrated. Sometimes all it takes to get rid of the pain is to drink enough water so your body is adequately hydrated.
Try breathing and relaxation exercises may help.
When you have a headache, it’s natural for your body to tense up. Deep breathing and progressive relaxation exercises can help reduce tension in your muscles and ease your mind. This may improve headache symptoms, especially if you have a tension headache.
Consider alternative or healing therapies such as acupuncture, biofeedback or massage, may reduce headache pain.
Chronic stress is a common cause of tension headaches. Stress-reducing healing modalities, such as biofeedback and relaxation, have been found to reduce headaches in some people. Other alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and massage, may also be effective.
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Date Last Reviewed: April 22, 2020
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