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Home Remedies for Headaches and Migraines

Headaches and migraines can be excruciating, debilitating, and even result in lost time from work.

Headaches may be triggered by tension, medications, hormones, inflammation, or weather, but whatever the source, Ayurvedic home remedies may provide a form of natural relief.


These remedies are based on eleven types of headaches caused when doshas are out of balance.

The next time you are suffering from a painful headache or migraine, try some of these methods to determine which works best for you. The following are an easy place to start:

  • Apply cool, wet clay to the forehead, let dry, and wash away with a warm damp cloth.
  • On an empty stomach, increase circulation to the vessels by standing on your head.
  • Sit quietly in a darkened room, concentrating on deep breathing until toxins are expelled and tension released.
  • For sinus headaches, try boiling a cup of vinegar, placing a towel over your head, and breathing the fumes to open air passages.

Oral Solutions for Headache Relief

If these simple solutions are ineffective, several oral solutions might help. These are easy to make and usually work well:

  • Make a drink containing a teaspoon of honey in warm water to ease headaches.
  • Brew a tea using a teaspoon of ashivagandha and one of brahmi mixed into two cups of water. After steeping for about ten minutes, this drink may be consumed several times a day.
  • Place almonds in hot milk until soft; remove the skins and crush into milk; drink daily.

Traditional Nose Sprays

Several natural remedies are valuable replacements for traditional nose sprays, and these may successfully banish the pain of headaches and migraines.

  • Sniff Ajwain seeds throughout the day for stress relief.
  • Combine a tablespoon of milk with half as much ground ginger and sniff into each nostril.
  • Put several drops of warmed almond oil into the nostrils.

External Herbal Massage

If headache or migraine pain does not respond well to these other treatments, it is time to use external herbal massage. The following are some great ideas:

  • When applied to the area of pain, Pan or Betel leaves can be cooling and can take the edge off of the pain.
  • Form a paste from ground ginger and milk, and rub into the forehead.
  • Make a massage potion from mustard oil, sesame oil, almond oil, and ghee, and use to release tension.
  • Add several drops of lavender oil to water; soak a cloth in it and apply to head and back of neck.
  • Rub crushed neem into the forehead and relax for a while.
  • Apply a mixture including a pinch of powdered cloves and a teaspoon of cinnamon oil to the painful area.

Whether a headache is emotional, mental, or physical, one of these natural remedies should be helpful. You will find that most of them are also much less expensive than manufactured drugs.

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