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9 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Headaches You Might Not Know

You're not alone if your head hurts. One of the most common types of pain in the world is headaches. Up to 75% of adults worldwide have experienced a headache in the previous year.

Headaches are a leading cause of missed work and school. They also have a negative impact on social and family life. For some people, constantly dealing with headaches can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression. Not every headache requires the use of medication.

1. Write it down 

The best offense against headaches, particularly migraines, is a strong defense. That's  fine for one person, may give another a headache. Identifying your triggers can assist you in reducing the frequency of your headaches. Keep a diary and record the date, time, and circumstances surrounding your headache. You can discuss it with your doctor at your next visit. Meanwhile, use it to inform your daily habits, such as avoiding certain foods that may cause you problems, adhering to strict meal times, or learning that you must go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

2. Coffee 

There's a reason why some over-the-counter migraine medications contain caffeine: the stimulating substance can help other pain medications work better; it may also alter your mood, altering your perception of pain. A cup of coffee can also tell a headache to go for a walk. The catch is that it should only be done twice a week. Any more and your body will develop a tolerance. Sip a cup of coffee for headache relief, but avoid these 13 foods that aggravate headaches.

3. Foot soak 

To relieve pain, hydrotherapy may interrupt pain signals. In a small study published in the Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice in 2016, migraine sufferers who soaked their feet and arms in a hot water bath and took medication (in this case, NSAIDs) had fewer disabling headaches over the course of a six-week study compared to a medication-only group. Soak your feet in a small tub filled with hot water to help relieve a throbbing headache. Hotfoot it to the nearest towel and dry off after 20 minutes.

4. Heat relief 

Dip a washcloth in hot water, wring it out, and fold it into a compress to relieve a tension headache without the use of painkillers. Now place it behind your head for relief or behind your neck to relax tight muscles.

5. Ice pack 

You should use ice to relieve a headache. Cold temperatures constrict blood vessels and decrease blood flow, relieving pressure and providing relief to a sore head. Place a cool towel or ice pack on your brow or the back of your neck.

6. Change your breathing 

Relaxing breathing techniques, especially if your headache is caused by stress, can be one of the simplest natural remedies for headaches—no equipment is required. Look for a quiet place to sit or lie down. Inhale for five seconds, then exhale for five seconds. Repeat as needed, focusing on how your body relaxes as your breathing becomes slower and more rhythmic.

7. Massage 

Press the inner corner of your brows with the tips of your index fingers. For a minute, make small circles with your fingers. Repeat 3-5 times. For headache relief, concentrate on more pressure points.

8. Ginger tea 

Ginger is especially effective for migraines; a 2014 clinical trial published in the journal Phytotherapy Research discovered that ginger powder is as effective as prescription migraine medications. Pour three cups of water over two tablespoons of freshly grated ginger to make tea. Allow to steep for four to five minutes, then strain into a teacup through a small sieve. Sip the tea to relieve headaches. Ginger tea bags are also available, but the flavor isn't as strong as fresh ginger-root tea.

9. Water 

Dehydration may aggravate headaches, so stay hydrated! A study on 102 patients with frequent headaches published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice in 2015 found that those who began drinking an extra 1.5 liters of water per day had less severe headaches, though staying hydrated had no effect on the frequency of their headaches.

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