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Are there at home remedies for tension headaches?

Dr. Charisse Litchman

Medically reviewed by Dr. Charisse Litchman, MD, FAHS on August 18, 2020

You may be able to stop or reduce the frequency of your tension headaches using non-medical solutions. Lifestyle changes and natural remedies that may reduce the frequency or pain of tension headaches include: 

  • Stress reduction moves including exercise, meditation, yoga, white noise tapes, gardening, or apps that promote relaxation.
  • Talk therapy with a therapist or support group
  • Hot or cold compresses to your head
  • Massage and acupuncture
  • Applying peppermint essential oil to your temples
  • Being careful to get enough sleep
  • Reducing screen time and avoiding using screens before going to bed


This information is provided purely for informational purposes. This information is not intended to be, and should not be con­strued as a substitute for, med­ical or healthcare advice, diagnosis or treatment. Any reader or per­son with a med­ical con­cern should con­sult with an appropriately-licensed physi­cian or other healthcare provider.

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