There are many different causes of a headache, for that reason one remedy may work on one occasion and you may need to use a different one on another occasion. For that reason, here are several different home remedies for headaches:
Lavender oil can be either inhaled or applied topically for relief of headaches and migraines. Two to four drops in two cups of boiling water is recommended when inhaling lavender-oil to relieve a headache. Lavender Oil can also be used externally undiluted. Lavender oil should not be taken orally.
Peppermint is a soothing home remedy that has been shown to benefit tension headaches. It has vaso-constricting and vaso-dilating properties, which help control blood flow in the body. Headaches and migraine pain are often due to poor blood flow, and peppermint oil helps to open and close the vessels that promote flow. Peppermint also opens up the sinuses so that more oxygen can get into the bloodstream.
Basil oil works as a muscle relaxant, so it is especially helpful for headaches caused by tension and tight muscles.
Certain foods have been shown to affect the frequency and severity of headaches and migraine pain, including dairy; chocolate; peanut butter; certain fruits, such as avocado, banana, and citrus; onions; meats with nitrates, such as bacon and hot dogs; foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG); foods containing tyramine, an amino acid found in red wine; and foods that are fermented or pickled. Keep track of these trigger foods and your reaction to them with a food diary.
Scalp massages can be an effective way to alleviate migraine pain, and they feel great.
Feverfew is most commonly known as an herbal headache treatment. A study has shown improvement in migraine pain among people who take it daily in combination with white willow, another herbal home remedy, which contains properties similar to aspirin.
Flaxseed can help provide headache relief because it’s rich in omega-3s. Flaxseed can be used as a home remedy in several forms, including as an oil and ground or whole seeds.
Buckwheat’s usefulness as a home remedy for headaches and migraine pain comes from a flavonoid known as rutin. Flavonoids are phytochemicals, which are found in plants, and have been shown to contain antioxidant properties, which counteract damage to cells. In addition, researchers in Taiwan have demonstrated the effects of flavonoids on inflammation, a common cause of headaches.