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Headache remedies you can try without taking meds

Though headache may be a typical pain, sometimes it can be pretty troublesome to bear with. Personally, there is not a day in a week that I experience minimal to severe headaches. These are either caused by hunger due to diet, eyestrain, or menstruation. As much as I want to relieve the recurring pain, I want to avoid taking over-the-counter medicines, so I often resort to headache remedies.

There are many types of headaches if you search on the internet, but Medical News Today says they are usually short-lived and do not necessarily require immediate medical attention. Most of the time, typical headaches go away after a few hours but you can always counteract as soon as you feel it. Listed down are some of the top headache remedies I have been doing, and you may try as well.

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Disclaimer: Please note that the following tips provided are based on personal experience backed by research. Know that these remedies work for me but it may not have the same effect on you. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.  

Keep a topical painkiller handy

When you are a person who gets a headache most of the time, you should keep any mentholated topical painkiller handy. I always make sure to bring one with me whether I am at work, traveling, or even at home. It’s a great headache remedy when the pain is about to kick in, and treats it quicker than not using anything. That is because the menthol activates receptors and counteracts the pain. Where to apply it? Simply massage it on your temples and forehead. Sometimes, I smell it as well for faster relief.

Drink plenty of water

Don’t wait for your headache to get worse – prevent it as soon as possible by drinking lots of water. A glass or two will do. According to experts, being dehydrated often causes our brain to contract, hence the headache. Drinking water helps our brain return to its normal state and relieve the headache in a while. So take the “drink your water” advice seriously.

Have a cup of coffee

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Where my coffee lovers at? In case you do not know yet, caffeine is a common ingredient among pain relievers. It helps reduce inflammation and can make your medications work better. If you can drink a cup of coffee, do it! But do not overdo because things might get out of hand. Also, I would recommend drinking a hot cup of coffee than a cold one because it relieves the pain faster. I always take one cup of coffee in the morning and another one if I have a headache. The pain usually goes away within an hour.

Pause from gadget use

Now we all know that long hours of use of any gadgets cause eyestrain which results in a headache. This is a common problem among people who uses a laptop or computer at work, and I know that ’cause I work 9-6. Not to mention most of us tend to check our phones longer than usual or sometimes at bedtime when lights are off – which are pretty bad habits we need to avoid.

While limiting gadget use is nearly impossible especially if you need it for work, always give your eyes a few minutes of rest away from the monitor. Stand up and get some water, look away every now and then, or close your eyes for a couple of minutes. Also, don’t stay too long on your phone screen at night. Your eyes will thank you for doing this in the long run!

Massage pressure points for headaches

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This is probably one of the safest yet effective headache remedies I have learned. When the pain gets close to being unbearable, I massage my palm where pressure points for headaches are located. This was taught to me back when I was in college and I have always done this when the need arises.

This pressure point is called Hegu. To locate this, all you have to do is, using your right hand’s index and thumb, press the base of your left hand’s index and thumb finger – that’s where you will massage it. It can be in circles or long press, whatever works for you. The pain usually goes away a few minutes (for me it takes 20 to 30 minutes) after you do this.

There you go – my top headache remedies that might help you. Do you have other recommendations? Let me know in the comments!

32 Comments

  • Michelle

    I also suffer from head aches frequently (I have one right now). I like that you addressed pressure points because they have become a lifesaver for me.

    Sending good vibes from South Africa. Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

  • clairelomax2018

    Thank you for sharing these. Thankfully I don’t suffer as much now as I did when I was younger. I think the amount of water I drink helps.
    But boy when I get them! They are bad! If only I’d know my dear friend coffee could help me! This is music to my ears x

  • Abundance of Flavor

    I have headaches pretty often and always chalked it up to sinus headaches. However after researching more apparently most self-diagnosed sinus headaches are actually migraines!! That kinda blew my mind. When I feel I headache coming on I use menthol gel on the pain areas, drink tons of water, and caffeine always surprisingly helps. I have a heated eye mask filled with rice that steams my face and that offers really great relief. I will have to tryout massaging pressure points!

  • Nancy

    I try to limit the amount of medication I take. I like these alternative remedies – even with massaging some pressure points. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

  • lifewithkadie

    I just started trying pressure points and have to say it works fairly well for a short time, but mine always seem to come back. I have a pretty much daily headache as well. I will have to try some of the other remedies you’ve mentioned. Great post!

  • Heather Prudeaux

    It’s funny you say caffeine ! My father would always have us drink a Pepsi when we had bad headaches or period cramps. He said that it would dilate you blood vessels and relive the pain. And of course it did. Thank you for the other tips as well. I get tension headaches a lot and I hate taking meds all the time. I want to save my liver 🙂

  • Sumedha

    Thanks for the tips! I take quite some medication as it is for other things so I try to avoid unnecessary meds too. When I get headaches, I stop looking at screens as you suggested and also stay in a room with low or no lighting. About an hour of that (which I pass by listening to audiobooks) generally helps.

  • Angie Soul

    Great post! I especially love the tip about massaging pressure points. I had no idea that could help alleviate headaches and will definitely try this method next time I have a headache! Thank you for sharing ♥️

  • Jenny in Neverland

    Great post. I get a lot of headaches and tend to try additional remedies before I take painkillers. I like to massage my own head and face – which always feels nice when you have a headache. I used to love those sticks that you swipe across your forehead!

  • Merry

    Coffee lover here haha! I have a headache when I don’t get enough sleep and by taking 2-3 hours sleep already make me feel better. Thanks for these tips xxx

  • Melissa

    I get horrible headaches particularly when the weather changes! Love using pressure points especially. Def need to stay away from gadgets more!!!

  • Laia Feliu

    My boyfriend gets headaches pretty much weekly and they are really annoying. We have tried everything at this point. Coffee when it is just starting seems to help and definitely drinking enough water makes a huge difference. Never tried the pressure points but we’ll do some research on it. Thank you!

  • Liz

    I like to drink hot coffee when I have a headache. And I know a friend who likes using topical painkillers. These are great tips you have here! 🙂

  • Helen

    Great tips!
    I never knew that coffee could help relieve headaches… totally agree on water — if you have a headache being dehydrated might be the main culprit — people generally don’t drink enough water.
    Personally when I have a headache I try to lay down & take a nap. Sometimes I wake up without one and sometimes I do though 🙁
    Anyway great post!

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