How To Cure Headache Effectively

Do you know exactly what to do to cure headache? To get rid of it effectively? I use the word cure lightly, as it's really more like finding effective pain relief while the headache resolves itself.

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Most of us will get a headache or two at some time in our lives. They can range from mild annoyances to disabling, skull crushing pain. Treatment then, will depend on many things: what type of headache you have, your health history, your choice of treatment be it medication or natural. So let’s take a look at what you need to do to stop the pain. 

Now just so you know, there are a few different kinds of headaches meaning a few different kinds of treatments.

Here are some types:

  • tension headaches;
  • stress headaches;
  • chronic daily headaches;
  • migraine headaches;
  • headache from injury or illness - post-traumatic or post-concussion.

Knowing what type of headache you have will help you find out the best way to treat your headache. So the first step is to see your doctor for a diagnosis. 


Did you know you shouldn’t use the same medications for migraines as for tension headaches?

It took many years for me to learn this, so let me share a little of my story in the hopes of cutting your learning curve into minutes! 

I never get headaches, just migraines.

Many years ago when I went back to visit Canada, my Panadol (paracetamol) got confiscated at the airport and I have been reluctant to use it ever since.

I did test it out for my migraines, but I would vomit for hours after taking Panadol, and it never reduced the pain one little bit.

Flash forward to a few years ago... I had this headache that lasted weeks and never stopped.

I was desperate to find some pain relief, but my normal migraine medication was just not working and I know that you can not use the same medications for headaches and migraines, but this pain was definitely migraine... or so I thought.

Please read this post - Migraine vs. Headache to see why the medications differ.

I suffered for over a week before I went to the doctor. It turned out that my headache was from shingles in the left side of my head. Shingles is very painful in itself, but who knew shingles could come through one side of your head?

Well now you know and it's this reminder...

Your very first step is to see your doctor with any type of head pain.

I was told to use paracetamol for this headache... and it worked. This OTC medication works for some people with their migraine abortive, so don't write it off as an option to cure headache for you. I wrote all about it on this post - How Not To Get Rid of Headache.

Here Are 10 Steps To Help Stop The Pain

Experiment to see which combination of these work for you.

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1. Take an over the counter pain reliever like: aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen. Some of my clients use capsaicin spray and it works well for them. Please see your doctor for help on this one, you don’t want to overdose when medications aren't working.

2. If it persists or you get other symptoms, see your doctor immediately or call the emergency services if you have: trouble walking or talking, blurry vision, a stiff neck, nausea, feel faint, a high fever, paralysis on one side of your body, or feel extreme weakness.

If you can’t function normally seek professional help.

3. Try having a coffee, caffeine can help stop a headache. If you already drink coffee every day, this may not work. To cure headache, you will have to use coffee like a medicine.

4. Dehydration can cause a headache. So make sure to drink enough water for your weight everyday. But to cure headache fast - drink a liter (4-5 cups) of room temperature, filtered water at your first warning signs. 

5. Try some ginger slices in hot water (ginger tea), and drink more water. 

6. Find a quiet, dark place to take a little nano nap for 30 minutes. De-stress and unwind.

7. Use a cold compress or an ice pack on your forehead and eyes. This can help your blood vessels constrict, which will reduce inflammation and then ease your headache pain. 

If you know your headache is tension based, then a hot compress or a hot shower may be more effective.

8. Stretching out your tense muscles can help. Click here for some easy neck and back exercises.

9. Acupuncture is known to help. But when you can't get to the therapist during a headache, try these migraine pressure points.

10. Practice relaxation techniques like: meditation, deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided visualizations, a body scan, yoga or just listen to some of your favorite music. I have a whole section on meditation for migraines.

If you want to start a regular practice, this is the best - What's The Best Home Remedy for Headache?

8 Natural Remedies That Can Help Relieve Pain

Feverfew and flaxseed oil are also great natural remedies to cure headache. Another popular combination is feverfew and white willow, which has similar properties to aspirin.

Butterbur, ginger, and coriander can also help

Different people find relief for mild headaches with home remedies like: lavender oil, peppermint or basil oil.

Now keep in mind that in some European countries ingesting essential oils is prescribed by practitioners, but that is illegal here, so I am only talking about inhaling them or applying them to your skin topically. 

Now lavender and peppermint make sense to me, but basil oil was a stretch. It is supposed to work as a muscle relaxant being more helpful for tension headaches and tight muscles. I found magnesium oil more helpful for this. 

If you want to try inhaling lavender oil, put two to four drops into two or three cups of boiling water, just like you would Vicks vapor rub. Then put a towel over your head, relax and breathe in the steam until it cools.

The same can be done with peppermint oil. Although I prefer to put it straight onto my temples, lower back, and neck. I mix the two oils, but make sure you test your skin for an allergic reaction first. 

Peppermint oil helps open and close blood vessels – it has vasoconstriction and vasodilation properties plus it opens the sinuses to get more oxygen into the bloodstream.

Learn To Avoid These Food Triggers

Try to avoid stress in your body by avoiding these potential food triggers.

These are the most common culprits for headaches and migraine: 

  • phenylethylamine in chocolate, cheese, raw soybeans, raw nuts and raw legumes, salami made with pork and eggs, just to name a few
  • alcohol
  • citrus fruits, mostly oranges
  • avocado, banana, onions
  • meats with nitrates, such as salami, bacon and hot dogs
  • foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) 
  • foods containing tyramine, found in red wine, nuts, fermented meats, cheese and soy
  • aspartame or any artificial sweeteners 
  • aged, fermented or pickled foods

Use a food diary to keep track of your reactions to food triggers. It will help you find patterns and cure headache.


Eat These Foods High In Magnesium

If you are getting regular headaches, you may naturally become more aware of what you are eating.

If you avoid the above foods, and drink a lot of water, your next step might be to try these foods high in magnesium:

  • Almonds, bananas, avocados and cashew nuts.

Some people eat hot spicy foods, and loads of leafy green vegetables like spinach. 

According to health.com "There are the obvious choices for zapping the pain, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Motrin and Aleve, for example). People with migraines often take beta blockers or antidepressants to prevent headaches, and triptans, such as Imitrex or Relpax, once symptoms start."

With a persistent and intense headache like this one I had, medication was the only thing I could think of.

More Ways To Cure Headache

Here are some other ideas and articles to read to cure headache and treat it more effectively:

According to the National Pain Foundation regular aerobic exercise like: brisk walking, biking, or swimming, can reduce migraine intensity and frequency significantly. 

Are you still sitting here? Get up, run around your house and come to read the rest of the post.

Get Regular Exercise

In addition to all of the above, some doctors support taking different supplements as part of a headache relief strategy. The most common ones are:

  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Magnesium, and Coenzyme Q10.

There's good evidence behind vitamin B2 and magnesium. CoQ10, however, is mixed about effectiveness. So it's up to your body! If they stop you know you are on the right track.

To cure headache you might have to do some detective work to discover what works. I use a medication tracker to keep track of my supplements so I can easily see which one works. You can download it for free when you subscribe to my monthly newsletter.

How Do You Cure Your Headaches?

Can you stop your headaches? If so, what do you do? Tell me your diagnosis, and the 2 or 3 things you use to stop your headache.

Do you use stress-relieving strategies to help reduce your pain and stay calm? Do you take medications?

What benefits have you gained or you think others could gain by implementing these strategies.

Just click in the white box and type away.

Headache Cure Tips

Here are more tips to cure headaches for us all to experiment with:

Tension Headache 
Hi Holly, I've been seeing an integrative neurologist to get a handle on my tension headaches. From all of her suggestions, this is what I find works …

Butterbur Migraine 
I used butterbur for 18 months and it kind of reduced the pain intensity, but it did not stop how often I get them. I have stopped it now and will try …

Headache Home Remedies 
My headaches respond directly to my stress levels. I find myself crying and then whammo here comes a headache again. I am thankful for crying now, …

Headaches Natural Remedy 
I find that smelling rosemary essential oil helps me stop a headache sometimes. Other times I use peppermint essential oil, but I really find that the …

Headaches Headaches 
I get headaches, headaches and yet more headaches. In order NOT to take pain killer medications I am making different lifestyle choices. My best stress …

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