5 Things To Treat Headaches

Treat headaches without medication using these natural and easy household items and solutions.

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1. Massage

With a firm, circular motion, massage the web of skin between the base of your thumb and your forefinger. Continue massaging for several minutes, then switch hands and repeat until the pain resolves. Acupuncture experts call this fleshy area trigger point LIG4 and maintain that it is linked to areas of the brain where headaches originate.

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2. Soak Your Feet

Believe it or not, soaking your feet in hot water will help your head feel better. By drawing blood to your feet, the hot water footbath will ease pressure on the blood vessels in your head. For a really bad headache, add a bit of hot mustard powder to the water.

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3. Hot Compress

For a tension headache, place a hot compress on your forehead or the back on your neck. The heat will help relax knotted-up muscles in this area.

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4. Cold Compress

It might sound contradictory, but you can follow up the heat treatment (or substitute it) by applying a cold compress to your forehead. (Put a couple of ice cubes in a washcloth or use a bag of frozen vegetables.) Cold constricts blood vessels, and when they shrink, they stop pressing on sensitive nerves. Since headache pain sometimes originates in the nerves at the back of your neck, try moving the compress to the muscles at the base of your skull.

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5. Scented Oils

Certain scented oils - especially lavender - can help ease tension and relieve headache pain. Gently massage a bit of lavender oil onto your forehead and temples, then lie back and enjoy the relaxing scent. For maximum relief, slip away to a room that's cool, dark, and quiet. The longer you can lie there quietly breathing in the aroma, the better.

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