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7 Natural Cures for a Headache

A bad headache can be debilitating, and when in need of a quick solution to the pain, many people turn to over the counter medications. But there are also natural remedies that can help ease the pain, and they may be a better solution.

There are many different types of headaches, the most common, and oftentimes least severe, is a tension headache, but individuals can also suffer from migraines or cluster headaches. Regardless of the type of headache, one thing we can all agree on is that they are extremely common, but also that the pain can render you useless and very little productivity happens when your head is pounding. But could drinking water be the solution?

Drink Water And Limit Caffeine

According to Food Matters, research has indicated that drinking water regularly can reduce the severity of a headache. Dehydration is often a cause for headaches, as most people do not drink enough water, and the ingestion of alcohol, coffee, and sugary drinks can cause dehydration.

Eat Magnesium-Rich Foods

Vanquish notes that those who suffer from regular headaches often have low levels of magnesium in their body, and magnesium (which can be found in foods like nuts, broccoli, beans, whole grains, and seeds) offers natural headache relief. Doctors reportedly recommend between 200 and 600 milligrams of magnesium per day to prevent headaches.

But Don’t Eat Foods Filled With Histamines

Although eating some foods can help prevent headaches, eating others could lead to an increased chance of migraines. For some, consuming foods and drinks high in histamines (like cured meats, aged cheese, beer, and wine) could lead to headaches, Healthline reports.

Take It Easy

A headache can also be a sign that the body needs rest, and it’s amazing what sleep can do. Sometimes, if a headache is forming and an individual steps away from work and takes a short rest, for an hour or so in a cold, well-ventilated room, the pain will disappear.

Essential Oils Are Particularly Useful

According to Vanquish, essential oils can help with headaches. In particular, lavender, basil, and peppermint, which can either be applied to the temples or added into a bowl of boiling water to inhale the vapors.

A Massage Could Alleviate The Pain

Gentle pressure on the temples could help reduce headache pain, Health reports. The publication also cites a study in New Zealand, which found that those who suffered from migraines were able to sleep better and endured less pain after receiving massages.

A Cold Compress Could Be Just What You Need

According to Healthline, using a cold or frozen compress could help alleviate headache symptoms. A study conducted on a small group of women found this method to significantly reduce pain, and the reason for this is it reportedly slows nerve conduction and constricts blood vessels, thus reducing the pain.

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