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6 Ways to Get Rid of a Headache Without Medication

Getting a headache, or worse - a migraine, can be a nuisance at best, debilitating at worst. You don’t always have a headache pill available, or you might prefer to avoid taking pills in general – either way, this guide will show you how to relieve that headache in simple, natural ways.

 

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Drink Ginger Tea - Ginger is amazingly effective in relieving migraines. Grate 2 tablespoons of Ginger and add them to 3 cups of water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, pour into a cup using a sift and drink away. You can use ginger-tea bags, but they’re nowhere near as effective as fresh ginger.

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Hot / Cold Towel - Suffering from a tension-related headache? Your head and neck feel like they’re contracting all the time? You might be suffering from anxiety, lack of sleep or stress. Prepare a bowl with hot water, dip a towel in it and wring it out, then place it on the back of your neck or your forehead. It will help relieve and relax tight muscles.

If you’re suffering from a migraine or cluster headaches, do the same as instructed above, only use cold water instead. It will cause blood vessels to constrict and reduce blood flow to the head, easing the pain.

 

Drink Coffee - Researchers found that Caffeine reduces swelling in blood vessels, and therefore can reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches. 

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Soak Your Feet - If you have a throbbing headache, soak your feet in a tub filled with hot water. Add mustard powder for a more effective relief. After about 30 minutes, you can stop and dry off.

 

Wear a Headband - Put a headband, bandana or something similar on your forehead and tie it to the back of the head. This will reduce blood flow to the scalp and decrease throbbing headaches.

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Head Massage - Before you start, make sure you drink plenty of water.

Now, place your thumbs on either side of the bridge of your nose (where it meets the eyes) and squeeze for 10 seconds. Repeat this 4-5 times, making sure not to cause yourself pain. Now rotate your thumbs so they’re facing down and the pads are under your eyebrows. Press upwards and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 4-5 times.

Proceed by placing your three middle fingers on your temples and apply steady pressure for 10 seconds while massaging the area in circular motions.

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