19 Natural Remedies for Headache

Head is one of the most common sites of pain in human body. Actually, it is difficult to describe headache because sometimes it may affect one part of face or scull or may affect the whole head. The pain originates from the tissues and structures that surround the skull. This pain may be due to worry, tension, or annoyance. Many factors that affect the nervous system can produce a pain. These factors may be- infection of the ears, eyes, and nose, or damage to the brain and its blood vessels. This pain may also be due to the tension in muscles that results in a constriction of their nerves.

The headache (Sir ka dard) may arise spontaneously or it may be due to performing some activity or exercise. The pain either may be a mild, dull or intense, throbbing, intermittent or constant. Sometimes it may be acute onset or chronic.

Symptoms & Causes:

Headache may accompany many diseases and symptoms may vary accordingly. Some common symptoms of it may be sensation of pressure across forehead, or on the sides and backside of head, fever, neck pain, neck stiffness, vomiting, nausea, pain in the eyes, dizziness etc. But if the the pain is due to some serious type of health problem, the associated symptoms may be totally different such as- confusion, excessive sleepiness, difficulty in walking, speaking and other activity etc.Headache- remedies

Headache may be due to different reasons. Some common causes of headache are tension, stress, depression, fever, cold, sinusitis, and vision problem. Other causes may include injury to the brain, stroke, panic attacks, insomnia or disturbed sleep, excessive use of alcohol, excessive smoking, over sleeping, overuse of painkillers, eye strain and neck strain.

There are many natural remedies that can treat this headache quickly and easily without pain killers. If the problem is not serious, you can treat it by applying any of the following home remedies.

Natural Remedies for Headache:

1. Cow’s Ghee for Headache:

If you frequently have pain in your head, simply put 2-3 drops of cow’s ghee (clarified butter) in your both nostrils for two times in a day. Follow this remedy regularly at least for seven days. Cow’s ghee is most effective in headache due to respiratory problem like- sinusitis and migraine (aadha sisi ka dard).

2. Mustard Oil:

If you have pain in your head due to migraine or sinusitis, mustard oil is a wonderful remedy. Simply, put 7-8 drops of mustard oil in your nostrils. Mustard oil can work effectively even if you put it by finger tip in your nostrils or inhale the smell of mustard oil.

3. Lavender Oil:

The lavender oil has lots of health benefits. It has an ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. Therefore, it is more effectively used in treating headache due to tension, blood pressure and cold. Take steam of lavender oil whenever you have pain in your head.

Firstly, boil 2- 4 cup of water in a pan and put it off from heat. Then put 2-4 drops of lavender oil in the boiled water and inhale its smell. Cover your head with towel and take steam. Even you can smell it by taking 2-4 drops on a handkerchief. Put that handkerchief near nostrils and breathe deeply.

Another way of using lavender oil is to apply it externally on your temples. Simply rub few drops on sides (temples) of your forehead for 1-2 minutes; it will ease your headache.

Lavender oil should be applied externally only; don’t ingest it.

4. Coriander Seeds:

Coriander seeds also help to control headache. Firstly, boil 2-4 cup water in a pot and put 2- 3 spoons of coriander seeds in it. Now, inhale the steam of coriander seeds water by covering your head with cloth. You can eat coriander seeds in place of inhaling its smell (1 tsp twice a day).

5. Cinnamon for Headache:

Cinnamon (Dalchini) is a type of spice that has lots of health benefits. (2) For treating migraine as well as headache due to cold, it works like a wonder. An easy way to try this remedy is to grind some cinnamon for making fine powder. Then take 1 tsp of cinnamon powder and make paste by adding little water. Now apply this paste on your forehead and let it to be dry. Then wash your face with normal water.

Or you can use cinnamon in tea or milk for controlling pain. Simply, add 1 teaspoon cinnamon while preparing tea and drink it. Similarly, stir 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder and honey (shahad) in a cup of hot milk and drink. You will get relief in few minutes.

6. Black Pepper & Pure ghee:

If you are suffering from headache, you can try any of the following black pepper remedies-

a. To cure headache, simply grind 6-7 black pepper seeds to make fine powder. Then mix the powder with 1 tbsp of pure ghee. Now ingest this paste with warm milk. It will cure migraine completely if you take it regularly for 2-3 months.

b. Another way of applying black pepper remedy is to make paste of black pepper seeds and dry ginger (sonth). Firstly, take 8-10 black pepper seeds and a small piece of dry ginger; grind them by adding little water and apply the paste on your forehead and temples. Keep it for 10-15 minutes and then remove.

c. One more option of using black pepper seeds is to smell with salt. Simply, take 8-10 black pepper seeds and crush them; mix some rock salt powder in it and tie into a cotton cloth to make swag. Now put this swag near nostrils and inhale the smell of black pepper deeply. This home remedy is more effective in the headache due to cold; it releases mucus and cures pain.

7. Lemon Water for Headache:

Lemon  (Nimbu) water cures headache due to gas. If you have headache due to gas formation, take half lemon juice mixing with a glass of warm water. It gives quick relief from headache.

8. Peppermint to Cure Headache:

Peppermint is an herb that has a wide variety of medicinal uses. Peppermint oil has been used to cure headache since ancient time. If you have headache due to tension, rub peppermint oil onto the forehead and temples. (1) Or you can take steam by adding 2-4 drops of peppermint oil in boiling water; it will ease your headache within minutes.

You can also use fresh peppermint leaves to prepare tea. Simply add some fresh peppermint leaves into a cup of boiling water and leave it after covering a lid for 10 minutes. Then drink the tea after straining and adding 1-2 spoon honey in it.

9. Almond Oil or Badam Rogan:

Almond oil or ‘Badam Rogan’ is a good traditional medicine of headache. Whenever you feel pain, put 2-4 drops of Badam Rogan in your both nostrils, you will get relief within 15-20 minutes. Especially in case of headache due to cold, it shows wonderful results. It is easily available in market; you can purchase from supermarket or any medicine shop.

10. Clove or Laung:

Clove is a type of spice which has a wide range of medicinal uses. If you have headache, especially due to tension, you can try clove in multiple of ways, such as- 

  • To get relief from head pain, gently grind some cloves (15-20) and make fine powder. Then add some water or oil to make paste of cloves powder. Now apply the paste on your forehead; you will get relief within few minutes.
  • Another way of using cloves, gently crush 15-20 cloves and tie them into a thin cotton cloth to make a swag. Then put the swag near your nostrils and simply inhale the smell of cloves by taking deep breath. Your ache will be cured amazingly.
  • Or you can even use clove oil with sea salt in place of cloves. Mix 2-4 drops in a pinch of sea salt and rub on your forehead and side points (temples). It will provide cooling effect and relax the tight muscles of head.

11. Apple to cure Headache:

Apple (Seb) is an amazing fruit that has many health benefits. If you frequently have headache, eat one apple with a little amount of rock salt on an empty stomach. And then drink a glass of warm milk, headache will be cured permanently. Follow this home remedy for 10-15 days for better results

12. Basil Leaves or Tulsi:

Whenever you have ache in your head, ingest basil leaves juice with honey. To make juice of basil leaves, simply, crush 15-20 leaves of basil gently and extract juice. Ingest this juice (1 tsp) with 1-2 spoon honey to get relief from headache.

13. Garlic For Headache:

Garlic (Lahsun) is a type of veggie which works like a pain killer in headache. Simply, crush some garlic cloves, extract its juice and consume (1 tsp); your pain will be disappeared within few minutes. This home remedy is more effective in migraine.

In case of migraine, you can even apply the paste of garlic externally on the affected side of the forehead. Keep it for 5-6 minutes and then remove.

Likewise, you can also use garlic juice in your nostrils for controlling pain. After extracting of garlic juice, instill 2 drops in the nostril of affected side to get relief from headache.

14. Honey for Headache:

Honey is also effective in controlling headache. Simply, instill 2 drops of honey (shahad) in the opposite side nostril of the affected side of the forehead. You will get relief within few minutes.

15. Water Melon:

Water melon (tarbuj in Hindi) is a kind of fruit which is rich in water. Normally, the biggest cause of headache is dehydration and watermelon may help to control this pain. At first, chop the watermelon into small pieces after removing its peel. Then extract its juice with the help of cotton cloth or juicer. Drink one cup of watermelon juice on an empty stomach in the morning for 15-20 days regularly. It will immediately hydrate your body and cure headache permanently.

16. Spinach for Headache:

Spinach (Palak) is more effective in curing the headache due to sun stroke. Simply, drink the juice of spinach with carrot. To make juice, firstly, take 15-20 leaves of spinach and 2-3 carrots (Gajar); wash them with clean water thoroughly. Then extract the juice of spinach with carrot and drink it. Properties of spinach and carrot help to relax the muscles of head and ease your pain.

17. Amla and Coriander:

If you often have headache, especially after waking up in the morning, apply the remedy of Indian gooseberry (amla) and coriander. At firstly, take Indian gooseberry and coriander seeds (Sukha Dhania) in equal amount and grind them to make fine powder. Now store this powder into a jar. Soak 2 tsp of powder in a glass of water at night; strain this water in the next day morning and drink. You have to follow this remedy at least for 1-2 weeks.

18. ‘Dadi Maa ke Nushkhe’ for Headache:

Many simple remedies of headache are prevalent in the name of ‘Dadi maa ke Nushkhe’, such as –

– Peepal Tree leaves:

Apply paste of Peepal tree leaves on your forehead to get relief from headache. Simply grind some peepal tree leaves and apply ts paste.

– Fresh Coconut:

To get rid of headache, rub down coconut (Nariyal) with water on a rough surface and apply this paste on your forehead.

– Sandalwood or Chandan:

To cure headache, apply paste of white sandal (Chandan) on your forehead. Simply, rub sandalwood on a rough surface with white rose water and paste it on your forehead. This natural remedy is more effective in ache due to sun stroke.

– Lemon Tree Leaves:

Whenever you have headache, simply crush some lemon tree leaves and keep them on a cotton cloth to make swag. Now put this swag near your nostrils and inhale; you will get relief in your pain.

– Carom Seeds or Ajwain:

Smell of carom seeds (Ajwain) can also give relief in headache. Simply, keep some carom seeds in a cloth to make swag; put this swag near your nostrils and inhale the smell by taking deep breath.


All the above ingredients like- cinnamon (dalchini), mustard oil, coriander seeds, peppermint, lavender oil etc. remain available in almost all supermarkets.

Though these home remedies are quite effective but if your headache persists and symptoms worsen, seek immediate medical attention. If you are allergic to any of the ingredient or it does not suit you, stop it immediately.

The home remedies given above is for information purpose only; it is not to be considered as a substitute for medical care from a doctor. Remember to consult your doctor before trying these natural remedies; results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.