Q. I suffered for many years with recurring headaches. Medications produced awful side effects.

An amazing natural cure got rid of my headaches. I stirred two tablespoons organic apple cider, two tablespoons lemon juice and two tablespoons honey into 8 ounces hot water and drank it daily. Within three days my headaches lessened and within a week they were gone.

Now if I feel a slight headache coming on, I drink the mixture and within 15 minutes my headache disappears.

A. Thanks for this recipe. Other people have found that triggering “brain freeze” may also stop a headache. Here is a testimonial:

“I had a painful headache today. I drank two glasses of really cold water to get a brain freeze effect. The pain was quickly reduced. I felt so good that instead of lying down because it hurt to even move, I vacuumed my apartment–something that would have been too painful to do just minutes earlier.”

There are many other natural approaches to headache relief in our Guide to Headaches & Migraines.


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  1. GB

    About adding the cardamom, how much did you add? Also, I’m assuming you mean ground cardamom.

  2. Home remedies for headache

    I did the ginger tea today and it worked but I must add, it works even better to add cardamom. Cardamom not only helps my headaches but also treated a problem I had where I felt the need to burp but could not release it. The problem escalated to choking and causing me to make scenes in public because my esophagus was going crazy on me! But cardamom and ginger kombucha solved the problem.

  3. GB

    I also wondered if the woman who wrote meant “apple cider vinegar” and not “apple cider”. I see someone else asked the same question above on August 7, 2013, but I don’t see an answer. Then JC wrote on August 10, 2013 that he or she “tried the lemon, vinegar and honey”.
    So is it apple cider vinegar? Or apple cider?
    People’s Pharmacy response: All we have is what was written: “apple cider.” We don’t know if the intention was apple cider vinegar, which might be more typical.

  4. JC

    Get migraine type headaches freguently. They always start in the middle of the night, but usually if I put a hot water bottle on my head and get rid of it before I get up, I’m shakey the rest of the day, but OK. Today no such luck even after taking Aleve, B2, and magnesium. Checked People’s Pharmacy and tried the lemon, vinegar and honey and, thank goodness, it WORKED. Thank you. It will now be my go-to remedy.

  5. Diana C.

    Do you mean organic apple cider or organic apple cider vinegar? I have had a hard time locating organic apple cider and most of the remedies that pop up online use apple cider vinegar. Can you clarify, please?

  6. BB

    My mother used to swear by red plum jam. When she got a migraine, she ate toast with red plum jam on it and her headache went away.

  7. Terrence Gry.

    People who have chronic headaches and exhausted available remedies without success might consider finding a Craniosacral Therapist. There is a practioners site on http://www.Upledger.com. Dr.John Upledger, an osteopatic physician, surgeon and researcher developed Craniosacral Therapy and began teaching practioners about 1985.
    Many people have headaches due to stress in their cranial sutures that jam up the natural movement of the plates in cranium. Jammed sutures can be a result of trauma to the head or fascial stress from other parts of the body, in particular stress that is transferred from the sacrum and pelvic girdle via the dural tube that encases the spinal cord. A Craniosacral Therapist is trained to gently release stress in any part of the body as well as release jammed up sutures in the cranium. I have great success working with clients who have headaches. When you look for a Craniosacral Therapist, make sure they have taken more than one or two courses and have a lot of experience. On the Upledger site, the courses each practioner has taken is listed.

  8. DS

    I used to suffer from migraines and headaches from glare. I read in the newspaper that a study in Belgium found that a B vitamin, B6 I think, would prevent these headaches. I can never recall which B vitamin it was, so I just take a B complex and I seldom get any kind of headache now. Also I think you are more likely to get a headache if you get dehydrated, so I try to drink water throughout the day.

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