A really bad headache can be terribly debilitating. And when they last several days, all you want to do is crawl into bed with the curtains closed and hide from the world. Loud noises, strong smells, any number of things can make them worse.

But the good news is, there are things you can do other than take aspirin or prescription meds to help fix a bad headache. The first thing to try is the two acupressure points used in Chinese Medicine. The first is in the back of your head, the second in the web between the thumb and forefinger. Steady pressure there will cure almost all bad headaches. This website has excellent info and good illustrations of how to apply the points:

http://www.chinese-holistic-health-exercises.com/acupressure-for-relieving-headaches.html

(Note that the hand pressure point should be avoided by those who are pregnant, as it can cause uterine contractions.)

A great aromatherapy option is Peppermint oil, applied to the forehead. Be sure to dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil (like almond) to a 10% solution. Studies have shown that this can significantly reduce the severity of headaches within 15 minutes or so (see more about the NIH study.)

Another wonderful remedy is Feverfew tea. I take about an ounce of organic loose leaf herb and pour about a cup of boiling water over it. Let it steep for at least five minutes, as long as ten. Then strain, and sweeten with a bit of honey to taste.

(Feverfew should also be avoided by pregnant women. And as with all herbs, check with your MD before use.)

The energy healing known as Reiki is also a wonderful treatment for headaches, if you can find a practitioner near you, ideally one who will come to your home and treat you, it can work wonders!

And last but not least, if you’re not a big coffee/tea drinker, a good strong cuppa can sometimes do what it takes to break a bad headache. This is a good reason why children and teens should not drink routinely caffeine, as it’s such a great tool to have in your arsenal when they get a bad headache.