7 Natural Headache Painkillers

7. Cold Compress

Getting back to basics, sometimes a good old-fashioned cold compress can work wonders. Applying one to a painful head will decrease inflammation, constrict blood vessels, and slow nerve conduction, a trio of effects that all help to reduce pain. Cold treatment may be enough to cure your headache by itself, but it is also safe to use in conjunction with any other pain treatment.

Go ahead and grab a bag of frozen vegetables to place over your forehead, or else fill a waterproof bag with ice and wrap it in a towel before applying. To avoid damaging your skin, stick to 15-20 minutes of cold therapy at a time.

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