What are some good home headache remedies?

I have terrible headaches all the time what are some good natural remedies? They really wear me out!

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  • apropos92

    Well, that depends a bit on what type of headache you have, and what is causing it. The common types of headaches are sinus, tension and migraine headaches. You may have headaches because of other reasons, but those typically need medical attention, and medication.

    SINUS HEADACHE

    Usually intense pain between and above the eyes, around the nose, and mostly involving the face. These are caused by swelling, blockage or irritation of the sinus passageways. The pain can occasionally radiate to the ears, but when that happens, you will need to see a physician, because that usually means that you have an ear infection.

    In order to treat this type of headache, you need to release the pressure. Boil water, pour it into a heat proof bowl on a counter or table. Add a good quantity of chamomile or peppermint tea (peppermint is better), or add peppermint, spearmint or eucalyptus oil to the hot water. Get a thick towel, cover your head and the bowl so you create a steam chamber, and inhale deeply for 20 minutes. After a few minutes, your nose should start to run quite heavily. Clear it out as often as necessary to get rid of the buildup of mucous in your sinuses. After you are done, press a cold towel or icepack to your face and forehead. This will shrink blood vessels, and release swelling, not to mention make you feel refreshed. You can do this safely two to three times per day. You will also feel better by drinking lots of hot tea and broth, and you should bulk up on your vitamins to help your immune system fight this off. Unfortunately, if you don’t receive relief within 5 days, you likely will need medication, because you will have contracted sinusitis, or some other infection.

    TENSION HEADACHE

    Commonly cause pain in the temples, between the eyes, and the back of the neck. May also have pain above the ears. This pain is caused by muscle tension. Typically, you will experience this when you are stressed, sitting or sleeping in a bad position, or otherwise have bad posture. Hunching, squinting and frowning can also exacerbate these. Since these types of positions are commonly adopted unconsciously because of stress, bad lighting, or an otherwise bad mood, Relaxation techniques tend to help. Placing a warm, moist towel on the affected area, or using a heating pad, will make you feel better. Also try drinking a mild, stimulant free tea to help further relax, and hydrate you. Drinking lots of water will also help, if for no other reason than that the frequent bathroom breaks will give you a change of scenery every now and again.

    MIGRAINE HEADACHES

    You may feel pain along a sharply delineated area. Eyes may hurt or feel like they are being compressed. You will be sensitive to light, sound and sudden movements. These are caused by stress or environmental factors. An increase in blood flow to the brain will cause blood vessels to bulge, causing pressure on sensitive nerves in the head. Understandably, these cause intense pain. You will likely also experience nausea, dizziness, disorientation and irritability. To begin, take a cold shower, and drink lots of ice water. Your goal is to bring your body temperature down. This will slow your heart rate a little bit, decrease your blood pressure, and thus, decrease the blood volume in your brain. You will begin to get relief within 20 minutes or so. You’ll be freezing cold at this point (you won’t have hypothermia, you’ll just be cold) so get into bed, put a cool cloth over your face, make sure it’s dark in the room, and take a nap. A simple migraine can typically be stopped or at last reduced by this method. Unfortunately, migraines tend to be complex and caused by a wide variety of things, so if you experience these headaches frequently, you will need to talk to a physician to deal with the issues.

    OTHER

    Headaches can also be caused by a variety of health issues. High intracranial pressure can lead to excruciating headaches which are often accompanied by vision changes or loss of motor function. These, even if intermittent, must be treated by a physician, because they are indicators for serious medical conditions. Diabetes can cause severe headaches often accompanied by dizziness, disorientation and nausea. If headaches persist, become unmanageable, or interfere with day to day activities for long periods of time, a physician must be involved to rule out serious causes.

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