Best Home Remedies for Headaches

Headache remedies... you may already have them at home.

by Rey Beltran |

Stress or tension headache? Perhaps migraine is imminent… then why not try these natural home remedies to treat your headache, even migraine! You’d be surprised that there are a handful of home remedies you might already have in your home.  Read on!

Lavender Oil

Yes, lavender does not only smell great, it’s also a home remedy for headaches and migraine.  You can inhale it or apply topically.  Directions: two to four drops for every two to three cups of boiling water. Inhale. The lavender oil vapors will soothe your pain away. Note: lavender oil should not be taken orally.

Peppermint Oil

For tension headaches, peppermint oil is your best bet. It has vaso-constricting and vaso-dilating properties, helping control blood flow in the body. Note that headaches are usually due to poor blood flow, and peppermint oil helps to open and close the vessels to promote proper blood flow. Peppermint opens up the sinuses so that more oxygen can get into the bloodstream.

Basil Oil

Who’d have thought that a strong-scented herb used for toppings can also be your home remedy for headache? Aside from tasting and smelling good, basil oil works as a muscle relaxant, which is ideal for headaches cause by tension and tight muscles.

Scalp Massage

The ever-reliable scalp massage is also an effective home remedy. Massaging the back of your head (where the greater occipital nerve is located) reduces migraine pain. Pressure points for headaches are identified in reflexogy, a form of massage that can also ease your headache.


Headaches are sometimes caused by inflammation. The inflammation can cause pain. Flaxseed has pain relieving properties because it has lots of omega-3 fatty acids which helps reduce pain.


Did you know that coffee eases headaches? Have a cup of strong coffee. Caffeine reduces blood-vessel swelling that’s why it’s one of the ingredients in some analgesics. But if you are already a coffee drinker, and a heavy drinker at that, skip coffee.


Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties.  It was traditionally used to treat headaches.  It is effective in treating migraine. Grind a half teaspoon of ginger, stir into a glass of water and drink. Or pour a cup of hot water over one teaspoon of freshly ground ginger, set aside to cool, then drink.

Of course, for a quick fix, there’s the ever-reliable ice pack. Surely, nothing can beat that headache with some cold compress and some ice cubes!

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