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How to Use Natural Methods to Cure a Headache

Headaches are not only painful; they can affect your work performance and zap your energy. Instead of reaching for pain pills, try these natural cures.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Use a cold compress Wet a washcloth in very cold water or place a damp washcloth in the freezer for 10 minutes. Place over your forehead.
  • TIP: Use a few drops of peppermint oil on the cold cloth to speed relief.
  • Step 2: Use heat Place a very warm washcloth or hot water bottle across your forehead. Place a heating pad across your neck and shoulders to relax tight muscles.
  • Step 3: Massage Rub the painful area of your head with gentle, circular pressure for seven to 15 seconds.
  • Step 4: Lie quietly Lie down in a dark, quiet room and release tension by focusing on relaxing your back, neck, and shoulders.
  • Step 5: Nap Nap for an hour to "sleep off" the pain.
  • Step 6: Eat and drink Eat regular meals and drink lots of water. Hunger and dehydration can cause headaches; getting proper nutrition and fluids can put the odds back in your favor.
  • FACT: Tension, stress, sinus congestion, lack of sleep, caffeine withdrawal, and spinal problems can all cause headaches.

You Will Need

  • 1 A washcloth
  • 1 A hot water bottle
  • 1 A calming environment
  • 1 The ability to relax

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