Migraine pain stinks, and we want it gone fast. But, pills can take a while to work. What do you do? Well, for many the answer is to forgo the pills and use a natural and fast-acting remedy for their migraine headache and other migraine ailments. From nausea to auras, there are natural remedies that may be able to help you out fast.

Cayenne Pepper

You will not eat the pepper, but rather dilute it in water and apply it to the inside of your nostril. Yup, you read that right: apply to the inside of your nostril. It may sound odd, and look odd, and that’s fair. It is odd – but it works for many. So, here’s what you do:

You add 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper powder to 4 ounces of water. Mix together, and dip a Q-Tip into the mixture, making sure you get some of the undissolved cayenne pepper on the Q-Tip. Apple the cayenne-coated Q-Tip to the inside of each nostril, until you feel the heat.

This will help alleviate headache pain – and if this isn’t a migraine but rather a severe sinus headache, this can help open up your sinus cavity to provide relief.

Feverfew Tea

This is a quick way to help kick migraine pain. Using feverfew tea bags or dried feverfew, add to boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes (strain if it is loose leaf), and then drink. Feverfew is an ancient healer, and it has been proven to help headache pain by helping regulate blood flow.

ACV Steam

ACV (apple cider vinegar) is a godsend for many ailments – including migraines. Simply add equal parts water and ACV to a soup pot, and boil. Turn off the heat, take the pot off the hot stove eye, and steam your face (drape your head and the pot with a towel so the steam doesn’t float elsewhere). Doing this for 10 minutes will alleviate headache pain.

Note: Those with tannin allergies or sensitivities (tannin is in black tea, so if you are sensitive to that, beware) should avoid ACV, as it has a high tannin content.

Drop Your Shoulders

We carry a lot of our shoulders – literally. When you are thinking about everything going on, drop your shoulders. Many of us hold our shoulders too high (i.e. tensed up) and this can cause headaches, among other issues.

Be Hot… And Cold

Alternating hot packs and cold packs is one of the best headache remedies for migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, sinus headaches, etc. Simply use heat for 10 minutes, and then use cold for 10 minutes. Or, use them both together on opposite sides of your head. Or, use cold packs on your head and heat on your shoulders, if your migraine is stress or tension related.