Headache Remedies: Find a Cure for Headache!

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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!


Additional Pages of Interest:
Migraine Remedies
Sinus Headache Remedies
Treatment for Cluster Headaches


Posted by Blindedbyscience (Asheville, Nc) on 09/11/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by Stefanie (Minden, Louisiana) on 07/17/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Caleb
Humboldt , Ca, Usa

Just make sure you don't take your daily Vitamin with the 5HTP (take the 5HTP with dinner) because the 5HTP will metabolize with your vitamin and go into your blood stream, you want it to go to your brain. It increases the serotonin levels, hence the popularity between 5HTP and users of club drugs such as MDMA or Amphetamines. Thanks for your time, good luck with your headaches. ~ Caleb

Acid Reflux Meds and Headaches

Posted by Kay (Jax, Fla, Usa) on 10/18/2013

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.

Replied by Sandy From Atlanta
Ga, Usa

Do some web research on proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec and B12 deficency. I took both Prilosec and Omeprazole 40 at different times in the last few years and both times I got dizzy after a few days taking them. I had gastritis from taking NSAIDS but I'm much better so I only take Tagamet occasionally. Coconut milk (in cartons from the dairy case) was a huge help with healing my stomach. Anyway, after starting on B12 my dizziness stopped.


Posted by Merrin (Perth, Western Australia) on 06/27/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Over the past ten years I have suffered weekly headaches from stress/work/computer usage and used paracetamol, aspirin or codeine regularly. Over the past six weeks I have stopped headaches using acupressure. Pinching the webbing between thumb and index finger works for me.

Posted by Kelly (San Francisco, Ca) on 11/02/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I've found that pressure helps, too, actually in conjunction with hot and cold packs.

Posted by Elaine (Edmond, Oklahoma) on 02/01/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Sarah
Briarcliff Manor, Ny

Not only does this work, but it's been enhanced with the use of a device known as the Cryotron, only some dr's have it so far, but it works great!

Posted by Derek (Fort Worth, Tx) on 07/24/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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!!

Replied by Nik
Visalia, Ca
5 out of 5 stars

this helps because it releases dopamines in your head that is a natural cure for headaches.

Posted by Jhon (Defo WI) on 10/19/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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

Posted by Katie (Chagrin Falls, OH)
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Posted by Teresa (Fort Worth, TX) on 03/22/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Last week after using ALOT of an over-the-counter pain aid(this particular one never works for me but that's all we have at my job) I felt really drawn to eating a green granny smith apple I had brought with me. I ate it slowly over the course of 30-45 minutes and by the time I was through with it my headache was gone! The ONLY thing that had ever worked for me before was a different over-the-counter pain aid. I am extactic about my apple-cure discovery. Oh, let me add that the headache hasn't even tried to come back either. That headache had been coming and going for three days. Yeah!

Replied by Carmel
London, England

Maybe the reason the apple helped is because it is one of the main carriers of quercetin, which helps to stop inflammation and inflammation is often the cause of headaches. Other foods which help a lot with inflammation are onions - red are best - blackberries - brocolli, cranberry juice, spinach, cherry tomatoes (they are better because it is ther skins that help) lettuce. Red vein leaves, sweet potato, citrus fruits, grapes (black are best), oats, whole grains and seeds. Headaches can be caused by inflammation and it can be temporal arteritis adn many people mistake it for sinusitis. I kept taking steroids and anti biotics for headaches which I was told and assumed were caused by sinusitis yet whenever I stopped taking the steroids it was just as bad as before. I now have changed my diet and I also take herbs etc to help with the inflammation. Apart from the headaches it can cause confusion, bad memory (after all it is about blood flow around the brain) and if it gets really bad and is not treated it can cause a stroke.

Avocado Pits to Massage

Posted by Hannah (GF, ND) on 02/13/2006
1 out of 5 stars

I don't have a cure but I do have a do-not! Often times avocado pits are used for massage but do not use it on a headache. It seems to increase your sensitivity to light and movement!!

Avoid Garlic and Citrus

Posted by Minni (NYC) on 04/24/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Avoidance of OR ALTERNATIVELY, WELL SAUTEED WITH WATER ADDED garlic & citrus. Also avoidance of prolonged viewing of certain Computer monitor LCDs and CRTs. Some are worse than others. Only some laptops are preferable since those contain only one CCFL tube. Some laptops contain 2 or more CCFL.

Avoid Gluten

Posted by Jon (Australia) on 03/03/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Getting rid of Gluten from our diet stopped the recurring headaches. If some gluten is ingested the headache comes back. Try it for youself by going gluten-free for 2 weeks.

Avoid Hidden Msg in Food

Posted by JOYCE (Joelton, Tn) on 10/10/2007 512 posts
5 out of 5 stars

...Again, on headaches, remove the cause, instead of looking for a cure. Aspartame (Nutrisweet) is well known for causing headaches. So is Monosodiumglutamate. If you want to find some other things they can cause, type in Excitotoxins, and hit search. For those who think MSG is only found in stir-fried (Chinese foods), make a list of the names MSG is hidden under in the ingredients list, then go into your kitchen and see how many of your foods have one or more of them listed in the ingredients.

Classic example is the 15% chicken broth that may be contained in a well-known brand of raw chicken that you must take home and cook...The MSG isn't mentioned because they didn't add MSG - they added chicken broth which contained the MSG.....Learn to protect yourself and your loved ones by learning these legal loop-holes. Oh, yes, you will also learn that that they are named excitotoxins because they excite the neural cells (Brain & Central nervous system) to death.

If you also research meta-bolic syndrome X (now called insulin resistance) by orthodox medicine) you will also find that excitotoxins are the same things that cause insulin resistance which ends up as full fledged Diabetes Mellitus,Type 2 which used to be called DM, adult onset, but was renamed to DM type 1 for juvenile onset and type 2 for adult onset, because children (even toddlers, are now developing type 2. So be your own health defender by learning all the names the excitotoxins are hidden under, stop buying these products, and write the supplier telling them why you aren't buying their product. You will only have to make one list because the excitotoxins are the same ones that makes us kick out excess insulin, proceed through insulin resistance, then to full fledged DM, type 2 and all of its complications.

Blackstrap Molasses, Salt Water

Posted by Mama To Many (Middle, Tennessee, Usa) on 06/22/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Yesterday my 12 year old son took a 12 mile bike ride in the heat of the afternoon. He was careful to drink a lot of water. However, he started to get a headache in the evening and it soon became severe. He is very healthy and never has headaches and is not a complainer. But he was literally in tears from the pain and got in bed with the light off. I know that dehydration is one of many causes of headaches and it seemed the most likely for him. But I knew he wasn't actually dehydrated as he had taken in a lot of water. But I was suspecting that he had sweated out minerals and such and while the H2O had been replaced, those had not. So, I gave him a Tablespoon of Blackstrap Molasses (for the potassium, magnesium, and calcium) and a glass of salt water. (I put about 1/4-1/3 of a teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt in about 10 oz. of water. He didn't actually finish his water but drank a good bit of it. ) I offered him some Tylenol but he doesn't like to take anything that isn't natural, so he declined. About an hour later he got out of bed and said his headache was basically gone! Thank the Lord for such simple, cheap and amazingly helpful natural remedies!

~Mama to Many~