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Home Remedies for Headaches

Headaches cause pain in a variety of places inside the head. The pain can be mild to excruciating.

Headaches can be classified into three groups:
  • Primary headaches
  • Secondary headaches
  • Cranial neuralgia
Primary headaches

Primary headaches are the most common type of headaches people get.

Migraine, tension, and cluster headaches are examples of primary headaches. Those suffering from a primary headache will have pain at the back of the head and upper neck, the temples and forehead.

Physical and emotional stress caused to the body by doing physical work, working in front of a computer or concentrating for long periods of time (such as when driving) can cause a person to suffer from this type of headache.

Secondary headaches

Secondary headaches are caused by problems in the head or neck e.g injury caused to the head and neck, whiplash, concussion, bleeding in the brain, tumor, meningitis and encephalitis.

Cranial neuralgia

Cranial neuralgia is a type of headache which occurs when the nerves in the head and upper neck get inflamed.  

Listed below are a few popular home remedies to bring relief to primary headaches.


Crush a fresh piece of ginger 1-inch long. Add to a cup of boiling water. Close with saucer and steep for 5 minutes. Strain into a new cup and drink.


Peel and chop an apple. Eat first thing in the morning. Use this treatment for 7 to 10 days if you suffer from frequent headaches. Apples contain
bioflavonoids which are effective in soothing headaches.

Lemonade/Lime Juice

Make a glass of lemonade or lime juice using 1 lemon/lime mixed in a glass of water (200ml) and drink.

Warm Foot-baths

Taking a warm footbath by soaking the feet in a warm bowl of water which has 1 teaspoon mustard powder mixed into it can bring relief to a headache.

Peppermint Oil

Dab some peppermint oil onto a piece of cotton and apply along the hairline.

Foods that can trigger headaches in some people are:

Eating too much chocolate

Research done by the International Headache Society found cocoa may protect nerve cells which are responsible for causing migraine headaches. But by eating too much chocolate it can have the opposite effect thereby causing a headache.

Drinking too much alcohol and red wine 

When cells in the brain dehydrate due to the lack of fluids in our body we can suffer from a headache. Red wines contain sulfites which can cause dehydration. Alcohol can cause an excess of blood to the brain which can also trigger dehydration. 

Consuming certain varieties of cheese which has been left to age for a long time can cause headaches.

When cheese is left to age the proteins in it break down and produce a substance called tyramine.   Too much of this substance can trigger headaches. Blue cheese, Swiss, Cheddar, Gouda, and Parmesan are varieties of cheese that are left to age for awhile. It’s best to avoid eating too much of these types of cheese.

Chinese Food made with MSG

Eating Chinese food rich in MSG (Monosodium glutamate) can cause headaches. Too much MSG can cause blood vessels to expand hence agitating the nerve cells in the brain triggering a headache. 

© Suranee Perera 2012


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