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    Natural Home Remedies for Headaches

    By By Shelley Stonebrook
    June 09, 2014, 6:43:29 AM EDT

    Headaches are one of the most common ailments. They pay no regard to age, gender or health status, plaguing most everyone from time to time — and creating a reason for drug companies to reap huge profits by selling magic, headache-relieving pills. Headaches generally fall into three categories: cluster, tension and migraine. Knowing which type of headache plagues you will help you find a natural treatment, even if you are new to herbal and homeopathic remedies.

    Cluster headaches generally affect one side of the head and can cause intense pain for a few days before disappearing and reappearing later.

    Tension headaches are often described as creating a “tight band” of pain around the head. Tension headaches are often accompanied by pressure or a feeling of throbbing in the head or neck. The pain can be mild to moderate, changing with intensity during the day.

    Migraine headaches cause severe pain, usually on just one side of the head. Migraine headaches are characterized by impaired vision, sensitivity to light and nausea.

    If you’re used to popping an aspirin every time a headache springs up, consider the dangers of taking over-the-counter painkillers — and consider one of these natural approaches instead.


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    Natural Home Remedies for Headaches

    Magnesium can be relaxing to the nervous system and can help relieve migraine headaches and prevent tension headaches. While you can take 200 mg of magnesium two to three times daily, magnesium is best absorbed through the skin, so consider taking an Epsom salt bath for headaches that won’t go away.

    Capsaicin, an active compound in cayenne peppers, can help relieve pain by interfering with the transmission of pain signals between the brain and the body. Try rubbing a bit of capsaicin cream on the inside of your nostrils to relieve pain from migraine headaches.

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