A headache is one of the most common human complaints. In rare cases, it might be a symptom of a serious illness, so someone who suffers from repeat headaches should consult their doctor. In many cases, headaches are caused by hectic and pressurized lifestyles, stress or dehydration. The popularity of common headache medicines reflects the large numbers of people who suffer from this problem. So what did people do before these drugs came on the market? They had a range of natural home remedies for headaches, and these treatments continue to provide alternatives for those who prefer to avoid prescription medicines.

1. A Little Relaxation

Since stress is one of the top causes of headaches, actions to relieve and reduce stress can alleviate the condition. The exact technique to use varies between individuals and according to the nature of a headache. For example, if someone has a headache just above their right eye, it helps to lie down on a comfortable sofa with this side of the face resting on the arm of the couch and the person’s eyes closed. It also often helps to take deep breaths to fill the body with oxygen and at the same time relax it. Some find that raising and then lowering the shoulders a half dozen or so times per day helps, while others use various meditation techniques.