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10 Natural Remedies for Headaches Worth Trying

Easier than you think: Next time your skull’s pounding, turn to these natural DIY headache remedies for quick relief.

Coffee

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A clinical trial in Illinois found that caffeine, which reduces the swelling of blood vessels, can reduce both the intensity and frequency of headaches. Subjects in one group were given caffeine alone, and 58 percent reported complete relief. Subjects in the other group were given caffeine in a combination with ibuprofen and 70 percent saw symptoms disappear. What’s more, another analysis found that the caffeine equivalent to the amount in a cup of coffee can help OTC pain relievers like ibuprofen work better. Try sipping a cup of coffee for headache relief, but avoid these 13 foods that make headaches worse.

Foot soak

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Blood drawn to the lower body will reduce pressure in the blood vessels of the head—and what’s lower than your feet? To help soothe a throbbing vascular headache, soak your feet in a small tub filled with hot water for headache relief. After a half hour or so, hotfoot it to the nearest towel and dry your feet.

Heat relief

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To cure a tension headache (caused by contractions in the head and neck, and brought on by—among other things—stress, anxiety, and lack of sleep) without painkilling drugs, dip a washcloth in hot water, wring it out, and fold it into a compress. Now place it on your forehead or the back of your neck to relax tight muscles.

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