Headaches are a fact of life, but an unpleasant one. However, there are numerous tricks to getting rid of them you may not have thought of.

1 Drink water

Most people take medicine with water, but don’t drink more than is needed. Headaches are often caused by dehydration, so drinking water at the first sign of a headache can help to stop it before it gets worse.

2 Coffee

Caffeine is an addictive drug, although it’s essentially harmless. If you haven’t had anything caffeinated in a while, your body might be craving the drug. It also makes painkillers work more quickly and effectively. However, caffeine can also constrict blood vessels, which can cause a headache if you aren’t careful.

3 Use a cold compress

Get a cold towel and lay it over your forehead. This can cause your blood vessels to constrict, which can help to ease the pain, particularly if the headache is caused by sinus issues or pain in the temples. If you get headaches often, keep a cool towel in a bag in the freezer. Have it ready to place on your head when you feel a headache coming on.

4 Massage or Chropractor your head, neck, and ears

There are nerve endings all throughout your head, neck, and ears which can trigger endorphins that make your body relax. Also, if your spine is misaligned or injured, it can be causing headaches. “When the spinal cord, the vertabrae, or any of the thirty-one pairs of nerves attached to the spine are subjected to trauma and become misaligned, the consequences can be far-reaching,” explains specialists at the Advanced Integrative Health Center. The relaxation will distract you from the pain, as well as making the blood vessels loosen up. Just place your fingers on the side of your head and move them in slow circles. Continue this for several minutes, or use a tennis ball to make light circles at the base of your skull. Headaches are often caused by stress and tight muscles, so relaxing them will help.

5 Drink herbal tea

Herbal tea, particularly willow tea, has long been a remedy for headaches. Willow contains the chemical that aspirin is made from. The heat from herbal tea will help relax your stomach and stave off some of the nausea headaches can cause. Because the tea also contains caffeine, it can have the same benefit as a cup of coffee for headache treatment.

6 Take a shower

Much like a cool compress can help, a cool shower can help to reduce stress, relax your muscles, increase circulation, and several other benefits. On top of it all, a headache can get rid of headaches. The increased blood flow can ease the constriction of the blood vessels and reduce the pain they cause.

While you should take headache medicine as soon as you feel one coming, there are other methods you can also employ, particularly if those headaches are becoming migraines.

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