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If you are against taking over-the-counter or prescription drugs, or you merely ran out, it is helpful to know how to treat a headache without the help of medication. There are several natural solutions, alternative cures and preventative measures you can attempt to alleviate headaches.
One of the major causes for headaches is dehydration. Drink a glass of water as soon as you notice the signs of a headache.
Using an ice pack on your forehead helps numb the pain.
Take a hot shower and direct hot water to the back of your neck.
You can pound lemon crust into a paste and apply it to your forehead for some time. Or drink warm water mixed with juice squeezed from one-half of a lemon it will reduce the intensity of your headache.
Treat an early morning headache with a slice of apple with salt sprinkled on it. Alternatively, you can add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar - which has similar properties - to a glass full of water for immediate headache relief.
Drink tea made with peppermint or have a massage with some peppermint oil.
Drink ginger tea 3 times a day.
Take eucalyptus oil and massage your forehead for 15 to 20 minutes.
Cinnamon is extremely high in anti-oxidant, and the oil of cinnamon has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Cinnamon is also a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. Therefore, it is effective home remedy in relieving headaches. Make a thick paste by grinding cinnamon sticks with water, apply to your head and let it stay for 30 minutes.
The natural water in watermelon contains essential minerals, like magnesium, that are key in headache prevention.
Eat Something Spicy
If you have sinus congestion, spicy foods can help decrease congestion, open your airways, and prevent headaches.
Make thick paste of 2-3 betel leaves, apply this paste to your forehead and let it stay for 30 minutes.