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Headache or migraine? The 17 Best Home Remedies!

  1. When you have a busy day or an important event, the last thing you want to get is a headache. It often comes unexpectedly, and if not treated properly, the pain can linger for hours or even days. Everyone experiences headaches differently. The pain can range from just a tingling sensation, which is troublesome, to so strong that it requires medical intervention.

  2. When you have a busy day or an important event, the last thing you want to get is a headache. It often comes on unexpectedly and if not treated properly, the pain can linger for hours or even days. Everyone experiences headaches differently. The pain can range from just a tingling sensation, which is troublesome, to so strong that it requires medical intervention.

  1. One thing is for sure - it comes at the most unexpected moments and it surprises us. That's why I'd like to share with you the best home remedies that can help you relieve the pain quickly. These home remedies are especially helpful for those who don't want to take any medications or need to be extra careful because of their liver or stomach.

  2. One thing is certain - it comes at the most unexpected moments and it surprises us. That's why I'd like to share with you the best home remedies that can help you relieve the pain quickly. These home remedies are especially helpful for those who don't want to take medication or who need to be extra careful because of their liver or stomach.

The causes of headaches and migraines

  1. Almost everyone experiences a headache at some point. Sometimes the pain causes only minor discomfort, but many people suffer from frequent, strong headaches and migraines, which prevent them from doing their regular activities. Unfortunately, there are many factors that can cause the headache. Some causes are physical, such as dehydration, sinus problems or lack of sleep. In other cases, the headache is caused by exposure to temporary or permanent stress and tension.

  1. The chain of physical and chemical events in the brain that leads to headaches and migraines is still unclear. It is known that something activates a cascade of biochemical reactions, which leads to an inflammatory response and overactivity of the trigeminal nerve, which in turn can cause pain in the head and face. This overactivity spreads to other nerves in the meninges, the brain's protective membrane, and leads to pain and other migraine symptoms.

  1. Research to understand the details of this process is still ongoing, but the following causes are believed to be important in migraine onset:

  1. While the neurobiological details of migraines are still unknown, there are many factors that are known to trigger migraines. The triggers can be different for each patient, but most of them fall into the following categories:

  2. While the neurobiological details of migraines are still unknown, there are many factors that are known to trigger migraines. The triggers can be different for each patient, but most fall into the following categories:

17 home remedies for headaches and migraines

  1. Because we usually want to get rid of our pain quickly, we tend to turn to painkillers, which is fine if your headache only comes on occasionally. However, if it is a recurring problem, your stomach and liver may suffer from regular medication intake. In that case, you should try one of the home remedies for a headache that I recommend below.

  2. Because we usually want to get rid of our pain quickly, we tend to turn to painkillers, which is fine if your headache only comes on occasionally. However, if it is a recurring problem, your stomach and liver may suffer from regular medication intake. In that case, you should try one of the home remedies for headaches that I recommend below.

  1. Since one of the most common causes of headaches is dehydration, the first thing to do as soon as you feel the pain is to hydrate your body. Drink one or two glasses of water and continue to drink enough throughout the day. Remember, not every liquid will properly hydrate your body. It is best to drink 1.5-2 liters of mineral water per day. Some sports drinks also work well because they contain electrolytes, which stimulate hydration in the body. What you should avoid at all costs is alcohol.

  2. Since one of the most common causes of headaches is dehydration, the first thing to do as soon as you feel the pain is to moisturize your body. Drink one or two glasses of water and continue to drink enough throughout the day. Remember, not every liquid will properly hydrate your body. It is best to drink 1.5-2 liters of mineral water per day. Some sports drinks also work well because they contain electrolytes, which stimulate hydration in the body. What you should avoid at all costs is alcohol.

  1. It may be a liquid, but it actually dries out the body - which is well known to anyone who has ever had a hangover. The same thing happens with coffee which will lower the level of moisture in your body. In addition, it flushes out magnesium, which is crucial for maintaining a strong nervous system. A magnesium deficiency means that you cannot cope with daily stress well, which usually causes headaches right away.

  1. Do you have trouble drinking water? Then read on: 10 tips to make water taste better!

  1. Drinking warm water with freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon is recommended not only for those who want to improve their digestion and lose weight, but also for those who suffer from headaches. Lemon has refreshing and relaxing properties and can reduce pain. Although it has a sour taste, it actually helps alkalize your body.

  1. Why is that important? If your body is in an acidic state, you will feel tired, not get enough sleep, and be more prone to bacterial and viral infections. Drinking lemon juice with warm water every day, preferably on an empty stomach, will help regulate your body's pH level, which will make you feel less tired and keep headaches away.

  1. The best choice would be organic lemons, which you squeeze just before consumption. Remember that lemons are high in vitamin C which is damaged when in contact with oxygen. It is especially important to do this if your headache is caused by a cough and flu or could be linked to a bacterial or viral infection.

  1. If you are experiencing headaches caused by sinus problems or stress, a cold compress or ice pack can numb the pain. The blood vessels shrink due to the low temperature. It slows the flow of blood to your head and provides immediate pain relief. In addition, it relaxes the muscles, which can become very tense when you get stressed.

  1. Grab a bag of ice or wrap a few ice cubes in a clean cloth and press it against your forehead or the back of your neck. Do not let the ice come into direct contact with the skin. If you don't have ice, you can also just use a bag of frozen peas or a wet cloth to place on your head.

  1. It can get warm quite quickly, especially if the headache is accompanied by a fever, so sometimes it is necessary to wet the cloth a few times before you feel better. Keep in mind that this treatment often helps, but also remember that if the effect is opposite, it can make the pain more intense. If the wet cloth or ice does not give the desired effect after 5-10 minutes, stop the treatment and try something else.

  1. If the headache is caused by stress, you can try treating it with warm water. Get in the shower, turn on the tap and set the temperature to quite warm, but make sure it is still comfortable. Get into the shower and direct the flow of the water to the back of your neck. Not only will this improve your circulation, but it will also relax the muscles in your back and shoulders. You should feel almost instant relief.

  1. Alternatively, you can fill a bath with warm water and relax in the bath for 15-20 minutes. This will have a beneficial effect on your entire body. Remember that all the muscles in your body are interconnected and it is not enough to just relax the shoulders if you want to avoid recurring headaches. If you are short on time and cannot take a shower or bath, simply hold your hands under a stream of warm water for 5 minutes. This will improve your circulation and at least partially relieve your pain.

  1. Peppermint can help relieve headaches and is a great choice if the pain is accompanied by nausea or vomiting, which are common symptoms of a migraine, by the way.

  1. As with all home remedies that require food, it is best if you choose the organic version. You can use either fresh or dried peppermint leaves. Crush the leaves a little and put them in a cup and pour some hot water over them and let them steep for a few minutes. You can also inhale the scent of the mint, as the scent has a strong relaxing and refreshing effect.

  1. If you have peppermint oil, you can put a few drops on your temples, your jaw and the back of your neck and massage it in gently. This will help you to relax and improve your circulation, which in turn will provide headache relief.

  1. You can use ginger to relieve pain because it has anti-inflammatory properties and activates natural opiates in the brain. These substances will relax your body and slightly numb the pain. Cut a few pieces off a fresh ginger root and put it in a cup. Pour some hot water over the ginger pieces and let it steep for 5-7 minutes. You can also make ginger tea and drink small amounts of the tea throughout the day.

  1. Another way to consume ginger is to add it to your homemade fruit and vegetable juices. Just a small piece of ginger root improves the taste of all your juices and is delicious with apple, carrot and orange, for example. It also boosts your digestive system. If you eat ginger regularly, you will feel that you have more energy, you will exercise more and it will improve your circulation. This will make you less prone to headaches.

  1. If you are a big fan of the taste of ginger, you can also chew on a piece of ginger root. Whatever you choose, remember that ginger is most effective when used as soon as the first symptoms of pain appear.

  1. Do you want to know more about ginger? Then read on: The 22 health benefits of ginger

  1. Like lemons, these fruits help you maintain proper pH levels in your body. The scent of green apples has also been shown to relieve headaches, including migraines. Eat half an apple as soon as you feel like the headache is coming on. For best results, drink a glass of water afterward to make sure you stay well hydrated.

  1. Apple cider vinegar has the same properties. You can also add this to your salads or you can dissolve a mixture of two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lemon juice in a glass of water and drink it. Make sure the water is not too hot, as high temperatures kill the healing properties of honey.

  1. One of the home remedies for headaches and migraines that can be used internally and externally is cinnamon. You can add a pinch of cinnamon to your tea and drink it several times during the day or you can grind some cinnamon sticks, add a few drops of water to smooth the powder and mix until you get a smooth paste.

  1. Spread this mixture on your forehead and temples and relax for 15 minutes. You might feel some tingling on your skin, but that's okay. However, if it turns into a burning sensation, wash the mixture off with lukewarm water. Some people have very sensitive skin and direct contact with the cinnamon paste can cause irritation.

  1. Lavender is known for its calming and relaxing properties. Try drinking herbal tea with lavender three to four times a day and you will notice a significant decrease in migraine pain. When you have time to relax and lie down, place two lavender tea bags (available at pharmacies and health food stores) on your closed eyes. Lavender reduces inflammation and helps your blood vessels to relax. That is why it is very effective when you have migraines, which are caused by stress and muscle tension.

  1. The legend among home remedies. Eucalyptus oil has strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, which is why it is widely used in home remedies aimed at pain relief. Massage a few drops of the eucalyptus oil onto your temples and the back of your neck. This will relax your muscles and it will also improve circulation.

  1. If your headache is the result of a sinus infection, you can also try eucalyptus oil inhalation. Fill a bowl with warm water and add a few drops of the oil. Hold your face over the bowl for 10-15 minutes. For best results, cover your head and bowl with a towel to maximize the steam inhalation. This dissolves the mucus that blocks the sinuses, improves blood circulation and relaxes the muscles. This is a true all-in-one treatment for your headaches or migraines.

  1. Research shows that headaches and migraines can be an allergic reaction to certain foods. If you have recurring headaches, keep track of everything you eat and see if there are any patterns. The foods that you should pay special attention to are: chocolate, cheese, salami and any products containing aspartame. Alcohol and caffeine can also cause an allergic reaction, and consumed in large amounts can even lead to dehydration.

  1. Some small changes and additions to your diet can help keep the pain from getting worse and make it easier to deal with when it comes on. Nuts, for example, are known for their pain-relieving properties. When you get a headache or migraine, you can take nuts instead of a pain reliever. They numb the pain caused by salicillin - an ingredient found in many pain killers.

  1. Increasing the levels of certain elements can make you less prone to headaches and migraines. Researchers have discovered that magnesium, melatonin and vitamin B2 can help you with this. If you are not a fan of synthetic supplements, you can easily change your diet and make sure you eat enough products containing magnesium and vitamin B2 that stimulate melatonin production.

  1. Magnesium-rich foods include pumpkin seeds, yogurt, almonds, black beans, avocado, figs, dark chocolate, and bananas. To get more vitamin B2, you need to eat more of these foods: cheese, almonds, fatty fish (such as mackerel), eggs, mushrooms, sesame seeds, fish and spinach. Melatonin is produced by your body and you can boost it by eating: pineapple, bananas, oranges, oats, corn, rice, tomatoes and barley.

  1. Light can be very annoying when you have a migraine, so it is best to lie down in a dark room. Close the blinds or curtains and turn off all sources of artificial light, such as your TV, smartphone or tablet. Resist the temptation to read, watch the news, or engage on social media. The more your eyes are exposed to light, the stronger the migraine will come on.

  1. Some people say that they use sunglasses in the home to reduce the pain caused by light. Another great idea is a sleep mask that completely blocks out light - a great solution when the curtains in your bedroom are see-through and still let in some light.

  1. Another element that worsens both migraine triggers and symptoms is noise. Again, turning off the TV is really the first thing to do. If you live next to a busy and noisy road or have loud family members in the house, use good headphones. You can also listen to relaxing music, but make sure it's not too loud.

  1. Once you've blocked out all the light and sounds, just lie down and try to take a nap. The body regenerates itself best when you rest. That way it can focus on solving the problem instead of being stimulated by movements and thinking.

  1. Some people feel better after a nap of just 30 minutes, but some people need to rest for hours to recover. It's very individual. However, you should remember that just like the lack of sleep can lead to headaches, so too much sleep can produce exactly the same result. Find out what works best for you.

  1. An ideal way to get rid of a headache might be if you can ask someone to give you a massage. Here you can completely relax and you do not have to make any effort for a while. If you can't get a massage, there are some very easy ways to improve your circulation and relax your muscles.

  1. Apply some eucalyptus oil, almond oil or coconut oil to your temples and forehead and perform a gentle massage with your index and middle fingers. You have to apply a little pressure to stimulate blood circulation, but be careful not to hurt yourself. The massage, especially when someone else is giving you the massage, will be a relaxing experience that will help you relieve the pain in a gentle way.

  1. Instead of essential oils, you can also use some cold water for the massage. The low temperature will also constrict the blood vessels and slow the flow of blood to your head. That way, you will reduce the pressure that causes additional discomfort and pain.

  1. Is exercising when you have a headache, let alone a migraine, the last thing you want to do? That is perfectly understandable, but if you can do some aerobic exercise or even a brisk walk despite the pain, it is wise to try to do so.

  1. Exercising can help improve circulation and provide immediate pain relief. Thus, it improves blood circulation throughout the body, reducing blood flow to your head. It's also a great way to reduce stress and expand your mind. Sometimes the pain can go away if you just stop worrying or if you can change your mind for a moment.

  1. While drinking large amounts of coffee could have a dehydrating effect and cause headaches and migraines, a small amount of coffee can actually help solve the problem. Try a small cup of coffee (but avoid espresso and go for a small latte instead) or a cup of tea.

  1. Avoid all types of energy drinks because their levels of caffeine are far too high for them to be used for this purpose. One important thing to remember: Caffeine can help reduce a migraine, but only if it wasn't the cause in the first place. If you think your headache was caused by excessive caffeine intake, avoid further consumption until all symptoms have disappeared.

Finally ...

  1. While most headaches can disappear just as quickly as they came on and are relatively easy to treat with a number of home remedies or pain relievers that you can buy without a prescription, it is very important that you, in case of recurring pain, listen carefully to your body. No medication, even paracetamol or ibuprofen, should be used for more than ten days without a medical consultation.

  1. If you are drinking enough, getting enough sleep, and avoiding stress and still find that the headache keeps coming back, make sure you make an appointment with your doctor so he can do some tests. Even though you may have gotten used to your headaches, it is important to note that there are many possible solutions to get rid of, or at least reduce, the headache or migraine.

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