Last Modified on Jun 22, 2015
Worldwide, millions of people get headaches every day. And all of them want to know, just what causes headache? Well headache triggers can include migraine conditions, food allergies, eye strain, tension, dehydration, sinus issues, low blood sugar, and alcohol as well as physical trauma to the head. Some life-threatening conditions can also cause headaches such as meningitis, extremely high blood pressure, and brain tumors.
- Exercise Can Help Headaches: In a 2009 study by the Journal Headache, migraine sufferers reduced the frequency of their headaches by engaging in aerobic exercise in a 12 week indoor cycling program.1
- Meditation as a Cure for Headache: Another 2008 study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine showed that meditation reduced the frequency of headaches and improved pain tolerance.2
- In ancient Rome and Greece, cures for headache with natural remedies included peppermint tea. Applying various raw vegetables to the head like potato, onion and cabbage was also popular.
Choose Your Own Effective Headache Remedies
We encourage you to explore over 35 different remedies for headaches submitted by our readers. Below you will find that some of the most modern popular cures for headaches are remedies you are likely keep in your kitchen cabinet, including apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper and turmeric!
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[YEA] I took 50mg twice so far when I had a headache with amazing fast relief. The first time it went away so easily that I thought it was a coincidence. I took another 50mg last night after taking 50mg earlier for the headache for sleep and and I didn't have any problem falling back to sleep when awakened during the night. Also I recently went vegan after being lactovegetarian for 31yrs and I think the 5 htp gave me a sense of relaxation kinda like dairy does.
[YEA] I found this remedy when I was looking for herbal remedies for my daily headaches. I found 5-HTP. According to the article,some of the things it helped with are insomnia, headaches, anxiety & depression. I thought could it be? I immediately went to my husband to show him what I had found because he had problems sleeping at night as well. We went a few days later to our local drug store and picked up a bottle of 50mg. 5-HTP. We had decided on the lowest dosage available in our area, upping the dosage as we went along if it was necessary. We have only been on it for a few days now but there is a very noticeable difference. We both have been sleeping through the night and feeling more refreshed when we wake. My anxiety attacks are gone as well as my headaches. We both are much less snappish than what we were before. We haven't noticed any side effects so far. We are taking them with a meal or a small snack and so far we have stayed at 50mg. Thanks for the very useful information that lead to this discovery!
EC: Read more about 5-HTP here.
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Humboldt , Ca, Usa
In February, 2013, I was officially diagnosed with Gerd and I cut back on all foods which could cause this to flare up, but it still did. I was prescribed Omiphozole 40 mg per day. Sometime in June I began to have headaches and dizziness. I did not relate it all to this meds. But as I am thinking back I have not done anything different in meds except for this. I continue to take statin drugs which has never caused this and I take supplements, D3, Calcium, Biotin, and a 81 mg aspirin. Recently I wrote about a friend of mine who had headaches and she also was taking prilosec. We finally put our thoughts together, and started thinking perhaps this Omiphozole or prilosec was the cause of this? For me, I am going to a neuro at the end of this month and have all the mri tests just to be on the safe side. I would hate to find out later I had something really dangerous and blew it off. Has anyone else had these side effects of the headaches and dizziness from the acid reflux meds? What is suggested for reflux? Thanks for your help.
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Acupressure Treatment for Headaches
Hitting the right acupressure points can relieve headache pain quickly and lastingly. Try pinching the area between your thumb and forefinger for five minutes. Or hold one thumb against your head directly between the eyes and the other at the base of your skull, just where the spine enters, and count to ten before releasing.
[YEA] My aunt taught me this form of accupressure for a headache. I works and feels really good once the pressure is off.
Take one your thumbs and place it just above the nose where it goes into the forhead. Not on the nose,but directly between the eyes of the sufferer. Next, take your other thumb and place at the base of their skull in the back. The soft spot just below where the skull ends at the top of the back of the neck. Apply firm and even pressure for the count of ten. When you reach ten SLOWLY release the pressure to the count of ten. Most people I have performed this on have been amazed at how "delicious" this feels. I use my middle fingers to apply the pressure as this is more comfortable to me.
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Briarcliff Manor, Ny
[YEA] Acupressure helped cure my severe headaches. I have been having severe headaches for about a week now and was tired of medicating myself with Tylenol, Alleve, etc. I remembered I saw an email passed around that listed natural cures for things. I searched the internet and found this website. Once there, I looked up headaches remedies and found the one that mentions having someone squeeze or put pressure in the space between your thumb and index finger for about 5 minutes. It was late at night so I just did it myself and was amazed that in 5 minutes I was completely pain free. I dont know how and I dont know why it worked, but I'm certainly not complaining! Give it a try. Good Luck!!
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[YEA] When i was little, i used to get a headache every single day, i hated it. my mom didn't want to give my tylenol every day cause it was bad for you, so she used this remedy: If you have a headache or have one coming on, find a person who will squeeze between your thumb and index finger. Do this for about 5 minutes. It is going to hurt but it makes the pain go away
[YEA] I know for a fact a simple way to reduce the pain in headaches is to apply pressure to your temples and rub in a circular motion, it works every time.
Apple Cider Vinegar Cure for Headaches
Holistic Treatment Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 Tablespoon
- Filtered Water - Large Glass
At the start of any headache, take a tablespoon each of apple cider vinegar and honey and mix them together in a large glass of water. This should prevent the headache, and it can be taken 1-3 times a day as needed.
[YEA] I tried your apple cider vinegar remedy for a pms headache and it worked. I took a tablespoon of vinegar in a large glass of water and drank it down slowly. 45 minutes later my headache pain was reduced by 50%. A few hours later I drank another glass and that did the trick. Thank you for this remedy!!
[YEA] ACV helped me tremendously. It stopped my acid reflux, allergy and flu symptoms... And it stopped the constant headaches I got for years. Nearly every day of my life, I take a TBSP of ACV and 1/2 tsp of vitamin C in a cup of water. I rarely get colds or the flu.
[YEA] have only recently strated to get headaches at all -- but yesterday i got a doozie. I have been suffering for two days now and not feeling safe to leave the house as i somewhat dizzy. Came upon this site and look in the fridge for ACV (I know I used to have it -- must have thrown it out as it had been there so long. Anyhow low and behold I had a half a bottle of organic dry apple cider that I purchased on a wine tour on Vancouver Island. I had just opened it this week when I had a friend over for supper. I thought what the hell give it a try - low and behold I feel a significant releaf from the pain. It may not have to be the vinigar varity who knows Thanks!
[YEA] I am a 50 year old woman.I had suffered with headaches for most of my life. I used to get a headache almost everyday. I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar cure. I took 1 tablespoon twice a day in about 4 ounces of water.Within a few days the headaches ceased and I have not had a headache since. It is like a miracle. I am also into bodybuilding, and since I started taking the ACV I am getting much better results.ACV has really changed my life.
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Smyrna, Georgia, United States
[YEA] ACV DOES WORK!!!! Earlier this year, I was suffering from awful headaches! I finally went to the doctor to only get prescription medicine.....yuck! I tried the medicine and it only masked the problem....my migranes & headaches came back worse!!!!
I looked for a natural way to help headaches and came across ACV...I figured, "What the heck, why not, I've tried everything else". So, I tried it, and I can say that IT DOES WORK! Since I've been using it, I've only had a headache twice, and very, very mild ones. IT'S A MIRACLE i TELL YOU, TRY IT!
I take 8-12oz of Apple Juice, less than 1/4 of ACV, and less than 1/4 of organic honey. This is truly a gift from God and I thank him for a natural way to keep headaches away. What do you have to lose? =D
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Greenwood, South Carolina
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Montgomery, Tx, Usa
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Berrien Center, Mi
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Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
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Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
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[YEA] I suffer from tension headaches that often turn into migraines if I don't treat them quickly. NSAIDS help but rarely fix the problem entirely, and I didn't like the idea of taking so much medicine - I often would have pain 10 days a month or so.
A friend of mine showed me this site when looking for grey hair remedies, and it quickly became obvious that ACV is a wonder food, so I went to the health food store and bought some raw ACV and started taking it 2x a day (1 tsp in a glass of water each time) before breakfast and dinner. I happened to be getting a headache at the time, and was shocked to find that it immediately subsided. It did start coming back, but again subsided with more ACV.
I continued taking it 2x a day like this (and sometimes some extra if i had a bad headache coming on) for a month or two before realizing that it was taking more and more to help my headaches. Now I don't take it unless I feel a headache coming on, and I am more sensitive again. I have only taken drugs for a headache once in the past few months - when I was on a trip and couldn't bring my ACV!
I know it sounds crazy. I honestly had no illusions that it would fix my headaches - I thought maybe it might help with menstrual cramps, or my Raynaud's syndrome, or give me energy or something. I read all these testimonials and thought, yeah, but they don't have my headaches. Well it did work and I am a convert! Thanks so much!
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Central Ky, Usa
[YEA] Margaret had to sit down at the hardware store due to a headache. Eating helped for a bit, then it came back and she laid on the couch in tremendous pain. wanting to help, I looked at these comments, and ran to the store to get ACV. I mixed 2 TB with a squirt of lemon jiuce, a dash of honey in warm water. she was an uncooperative patient for 5 minutes or so, then drank it. she them hobbled to the bathroom as she said she thought she was going to be sick. i was not looking forward to the consequences, should that happen. After sitting next to the toilet for 5 minutes, her eyes opened, 5 minutes later she was laughing and said the pain was gone. now she declares it a miracle, is laughing like normal, and wants me to cook dinner! :)
[YEA] Wow, I can't believe this worked so well! The ACV helped my ease my severe headache and eye pain. I felt much better in about a half-hour after taking the mix. Works!