How to Get Rid of a Headache Fast

Headaches are a very common problem. People of all ages get headaches from time to time. They can cause unbearable pain along with nausea and, at times, vomiting.

Common causes of headaches include stress, tension, restlessness, sinus problems, migraines, lack of sleep and dehydration.

Many people reach for over-the-counter medicines to get rid of their headaches. However, you can get instant pain relief using some easy and natural home remedies.

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For example, gently pressing the webbed area between your thumb and index finger for about a minute can help ease your headache. Repeat on your other hand as well.

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Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of a headache fast.

1. Water

If the cause of your headache is dehydration, you can easily get relief from the pain by rehydrating your body.

  • Simply drink a glass of water at the first sign of a headache and continue taking small sips throughout the day.
  • Along with water, you can have sports drinks. The electrolytes present in sports drinks can treat headaches caused by tension and dehydration.

When suffering from a headache, stay away from drinks like alcohol that can dehydrate your body.

2. Ice Pack

Placing a cold compress like an ice pack on your forehead will numb the pain, help shrink the blood vessels and improve circulation to the area. This particular remedy works well for headaches due to stress or sinus problems.

  • Wrap some ice cubes or crushed ice in a thin towel. Hold it against your forehead for a few minutes. A bag of frozen vegetables can also serve as an icepack. Never apply ice directly on your skin as it can damage the skin.
  • Alternatively, apply a cold cloth on your head and temples for 10 minutes and repeat the process for some time until you get relief.

3. Hot Water

Applying heat on the back of your neck can relieve headaches caused by stress. Heat relaxes tense muscles, thus alleviating the throbbing pain.

  • Simply apply a hot water bag to the back of your neck or take a hot shower directing the water onto the back of your neck.
  • Another option is to fill a tub with bearable hot water and put your hands in it for 10 to 15 minutes. This will improve blood circulation and thus give you relief from the headache.
  • If you suffer from chronic headaches, you can dip your legs in a bucket filled with hot water for 10 minutes before going to bed.

4. Lemon

Lemon is a very effective and powerful ingredient to treat headache because it is refreshing and relaxing. Plus, it helps maintain the acid-alkaline balance in the body.

  • Drinking warm water mixed with juice squeezed from one-half of a lemon will reduce the intensity of a headache. This particular remedy is beneficial for headaches caused by gas in the stomach.
  • Another option is to apply lemon crusts, pounded into a paste, on your forehead to immediately relieve pain.

5. Apple

Both apples and apple cider vinegar can be used to fight off a headache. They help restore the acid-alkaline balance in the body. Furthermore, simply the smell of green apples can help reduce migraine headaches.

  • When you wake up in the morning with a headache, eat a piece of apple sprinkled with some salt. Then drink some warm water.
  • Alternatively, fill a large bowl with steaming hot water and add 3 to 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to it. Hold a towel over your head and take in the steam for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Another option is to add 2 teaspoons of some apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. You can also add a little honey and lemon juice. Drink it 2 or 3 times a day.

6. Peppermint

Peppermint has calming and soothing properties that can help treat headaches.

  • You can make an herbal tea by adding 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint to a cup of boiling water. Cover and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and add some honey to sweeten it. Sip the tea slowly.
  • You can also use peppermint oil to gently massage your temples, jaw and the back of your neck for instant pain relief.
  • In addition, inhaling the soothing aroma of peppermint steam can ease headache as well as accompanying symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting.

 

 

 

  1. first of all,thanx for your information.i liked your post so much as it’s very informative & beneficial for us.from today onward,i’ll opt for your tips if required because taking pain killer so often is not good for our health specially for heart.

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  2. The water thing really worked , thanks !

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  3. The tip of take a fresh apple by applying salt in morning its realy wrks i really like ur post,,,

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  4. Muhammad Hassan April 28, 2013, 4:19 pm

    All the above advices sound me good… I m surely gonna apply some of them..

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  5. Caroll Xavier May 19, 2013, 2:42 pm

    Thanks for such a wonderful home remedies it really works

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  6. hardip dodiya May 29, 2013, 1:01 pm

    very very usefull information for home item use…i had nvr seen these type of details information about all dats…u work rock…..great .

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  7. Wow!!! these realy worked thanx soo much!!!:)

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  8. the water one does not work do not try it if you have a migraines try the one with water and lemon juice then if you have a headache that means your dehydrated don’t drink water first get a cloth or paper towel i recommend a paper towel then soak it in water then when done squeeze dripping water off then make sure the cloth or paper towel is still wet lay back put cloth or paper towel on forehead then keep it on for about thirty minutes to an hour then you take it off you can watch TV while its on your forehead then it should be healed but if not drink a glass of COLD water or two glasses or take a COLD bath or an ice pack to put on your forehead hot water does NOT work or you could do yoga or go to sleep for a while and a glass of water with lemon juice helps to this works if you are allergic to certin cloths or lemons do NOT use this.

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  9. gr8…these really work …tanx alot (Y) m gonna apply some of these methods…..these are great ..truly ..hats off to u !! :) <3

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  10. Deepak tripathi July 30, 2013, 12:31 pm

    awesome….!!

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  11. Wow! Thanks so much for this post!!
    I just came from a nap trying to get rid of a headache, to find it did not help.
    I will try some of your suggestions.
    Love ur site too!!!!! :)

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  12. i am so happy to use water

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  13. I get serious migraines and I need something specific to get rid of it fast I have a tie breaker tennis match today and it is mandatory!

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  14. the water thing worked… thnx…

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  15. try the ICE pack!! It really works. It takes away all the tension. Also u might be haveing a bad headache because of school or work or maybe kids so drink alot of water and put an ice pack on your forhead! :D

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  16. thx electrolytes rely worked

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  17. my head has been hurting all day I will try some of the one you guys listed thnks sooooooo much

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  18. Yeah I have been having a forehead headache for ten days nonstop!…and It was not responding to all the kinds of painkillers I have been using.I went to the chemist and he told me that I could be having a sinus infection.But jst today morning wen I put a small pillow pack of ice water for about an hour,the headache went.Till now its about twelve hours its gone already…still watching though….Amazing.!!!!!

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  19. try yoga mudras or finger formations. These tips are good, along with it you can lie down and try the mudras too. every ailment has got one type of finger formatyion, google images.

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  20. I have a tummy ache now? cause I drank all that water. some of tees it feelings disgusting. so I’m just gonna go to sleep. thanks though!

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  21. my grandaughter had a headache so bad she cried but thanks to the water thing it helped a whole lot

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  22. Take a hot bath and go to bed early

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  23. i struggled with cold from a long..i consult many doctors but its not useful so can u give me any home made remides , and food diet from get rid of cold..

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  24. Awesome its working. thank you

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  25. this was such an amazing post, and it really helped my health, thankyou

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  26. I’ve had this terrible headache for three days,I hope ur posts really help. I’ve got a exam tomorrow even.

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  27. Fantastic ii really hope this works ey.Like yah neh lemme juhs hope so :)

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  28. i know i got rid of the pain in like 5 min

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  29. drinking warm water with lemon its starting to take the pressure away hopefully i can fully get rid of it ,im gunna try some more of these remedies if the headache isnt completely gone soon…thanks soo much im gunna share this to my fb page

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  30. I have used the peppermint oil when i have a headache and for migraines. This has allowed me to stop using prescribed medication. I also use lavender oil at night time. use peppermint during the day and lavender at night.

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  31. Ever since i was about 7 years old i have had terrible migraines my face would turn beat red and i would have to go to bed. I had Adhd so i took meds. Turns out those meds cased the migraines im 15 and still have migraines about every day.

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  32. Thanks very much for the tips.

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  33. water therapy was actually work…this is my experience Thanks

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  34. Water therapy is the best ….

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  35. Very helpful information.I’ve had a headache for days now..I’m going to try an ice pack to my forehead hopefully my headache will ease..

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  36. THANKS A LOT !!!! I was suffering from unbearable headache for past 12 hours …. !! i even vomitted once … still it pains … but now its gone… tht lemon juice helped me .. i got a quick relief .. THANK U SO MUCH !!!!!

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  37. This shit hurts to a hot shower I can feel it going away I be glad to wake up in th am

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  38. water treatment is awfully effective

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  39. thax very much for giving these benefit tips

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  40. Thank you it is healing my mom perfectly, The only thing is that my mom doesn’t put ice cubes on her head.She also thinks lemon is too sour and we don’t have peppermint

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  41. Very good ideas for me to try

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  42. Thank you so much for your tips. I grabbed some apples and lemons with a ice pack and my headaches have ceased for now. Past two days have been horrible. I couldnt keep even water down and I had the fear of dehydrating but right now I feel way better. I am sipping water like you said as to not over whelm myself. If tomorrow morning I feel a head ach coming on i will grab a green apple and some salt. Again thank you so very much.

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  43. Thankyou for the tricks it really helps can anyone tell me which is the best one to use for a headache

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  44. I have heard if we have dark chocolates it also reduces headache

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  45. thank u for giving helpful information

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  46. its really work thanks a lot i get ride of headache awsome…………………..

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  47. Thank u this really helped me

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  48. Thank you so much

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