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My faithful book on 1801 home remedies makes the following suggestions as alternatives to pain killers:

  • Soaking your feet in HOT WATER will help your head to feel better. By drawing blood to your feet, the hot water foot-bath will ease pressure on the blood vessels in your head. For a really bad headache, add a bit of mustard powder to the water.
  • For a tension headache, place a hot compress on your forehead or back of your neck. The heat will help to relax knotted up muscles in this area.
  • You can follow up the heat compress with a cold compress. Cold constrict the blood vessels and, when they shrink, they stop pressing on the sensitive nerves.
  • As an alternative to cold compress: soak your hands in iced water for as long as you can stand it. Whilst your hands are submerged in the iced water open and close your fists. Again, the cold will narrow the dilated blood vessels, which in turn will stop pressing on the sensitive nerves.
  • Have a cup of strong coffee. Caffeine reduces blood vessels swelling, and thus can help to relieve a headache
  • Lavender or Peppermint oils can ease tension and relieve the pain of a headache. (For maximum relief get in a cool dark and quiet room)
  • Drink Passion flower or Valerian tea


My faithful book on 1801 home remedies makes the following suggestions as alternatives to pain killers:

  • Drink: ½ teaspoon of ginger powder into a glass of water. Or poor hot water on freshly grated ginger let it rest for a few minutes then drink.(Ginger also help controlling the nausea in migraines)
  • Camomile, Linden and Lemon Balm are all mildly relaxing herbs that help reduce emotional and physical tension. Or ask a medical herbalist to make a tincture with the three ingredients and take it with some water.
  • Poor a cup of boiling water onto some dried rosemary herb. Let sit for 10 minutes. Strain and drink.
  • Strong black tea with a few bruised whole cloves added to it.(tea has caffeine and clove is an anti inflammatory).
  • Dehydration could be a problem and drinking a whole large glass of water could do the trick.
  • Personally I have a “Feverfew “plant by my entrance door and when my partner has a migraine coming I give him a sandwich with “feverfew plant” leaves.

    For either headaches or migraines, it is recommended to practice some physical activity like walking, swimming … 3 days a week for 30 minutes. This assists getting the blood flowing through out your body.

    I am certain that my teacher in Clendinning technique (Geoffrey Morel) would advise 3 hugs a day. “This works wonders”