I suffered from daily headaches for years and finally learned some tricks to lessen the frequency of getting the dreaded Brain Pain. Once you get a migraine of headache they are harder to get rid of so your best bet I find is to treat them as soon as possible. Stopping a headache or migraine before they start seems to be the optimal choice. I have tried tons of drugs as treatment in the past but I found myself to be hazy and suffering from side effects rather than receiving relief. Here are some natural alternatives that might help.
Magnesium! Take a daily supplement. Lots of people are deficient and magnesium deficiency can cause headaches and migraines.
Keep peppermint oil close by. When you feel tension in your neck or temples apply a few drops of peppermint oil directly to the tight muscles. This works topically and as an aromatherapy treatment.
Drink some water. We are made up of a lot of water, make sure you are topped up!
Add salt to your diet. Not that iodized table salt, think good quality salt with minerals your body needs to function properly like Himalayan pink salt, sea salt or the lesser known Hawaiian Alaea salt. Feel a migraine coming on? A glass of warm salty water can help.
Get fresh air. Sometimes smells are a huge trigger. Avoid smelly situations that might cause a headache. Cleaning supplies, perfumes and other strong scents are best to be avoided.
Avoid the spotlight. Sometimes florescent lights and other bright situations can cause migraines. Avoid places that use lighting that might be a trigger.
Diets are not just about losing weight. Some foods are known to cause migraines and headaches. If you know a food is a culprit it might be best to avoid it.
Heat things up. Add more hot peppers to your diet. The capsaicin in chillies is known to help ease the pain.
Take a bath with Epsom salts. Heat to relax muscles, Epsom salts with magnesium. Just add a little essential oils like peppermint or lavender and you will feel relief in no time!
Muscle tension can cause bad headaches. Use a hot water bottle on achy muscles and sooth the pain at the source.
With migraines can come nausea. Nibbling on ginger or fresh green apples will settle an upset stomach. This will reduce the headache if you can deal with one of the symptoms.
Massage temples or your neck and even your scalp to calm angry muscles that cause you discomfort.
Get regular exercise. Once the pain is over think about getting into a routine that will get you moving. Stretching helps limber up tight areas that can cause tension.
Make sure you are well rested. A regular bedtime is not just for the little ones it can have a huge impact on headaches.
I hope that you find some of these suggestions helpful!