9 Homeopathic Remedies for 9 Common Headaches

9 Homeopathic Remedies for 9 Common Headaches

9 Homeopathic Remedies for Headaches | Musings of a Modern Hippie


One of the fears that many people have when switching to a more natural life is how to avoid taking modern medicines when they have a headache. There’s nothing like a splitting headache to make people desperate for any measure of relief. 

Besides drinking plenty of water, and taking some magnesium glycinate, the following are 9 homeopathic remedies that work for different types of headaches. The great thing about homeopathic remedies is that they don’t have side effects*, don’t interact with medications or other supplements, and can be taken by people of all ages, even babies. They are relatively inexpensive too!
Homeopathy for Headaches | Musings of a Modern Hippie

Aconitum nappellus:

This is the sudden, violent headache, that wraps like a band around the head, or comes on like a bursting pain in the forehead. It often accompanies thirst, restlessness, and a sense of fear. This headache can be worse at night, in warmth, and when rising from a chair or bed.

Homeopathy for Headaches | Musings of a Modern Hippie
Arnica montana:
Besides being a great over-all painkiller for acute injuries and shock, Arnica is best for headaches that arise from falls or bumps to the head that are sore or bruised feeling.


Like the Aconitum headache, the Belladonna headache comes on quickly and aggressively. This headache also comes with a flushed, hot feeling over the head, neck, and face, and is a pulsing pain.

Bryonia alba:
The Bryonia headache tends to be one sided, usually on the right side. This headache is worse when bending over, coughing, or sneezing. Often motion of any sort, even eye movement feels worse, and the pain feels like a burst or tear in the head. 

Gelsemium sempervirens:
The Gelsemium headache is often vague, beginning in the neck and moving like a band up to the top of the head. It may involve a bursting feeling in the forehead and eyes, and the scalp may be tender. Over exposure to sunlight may bring on the Gelsemium headache, and it is often worse when lying down. 

Iris versicolor: 
This is the go-to for migraine headaches. Often starting with vision issues before the pain starts, the scalp may feel tight, and nausea may ensue. There maybe burning in the mouth, throat, and stomach along with profuse salivation. 


Kali bichromicum:
The Kali headache is the classic sinus headache. Pain, tightness, and pressure in the forehead, behind the eyes, and on either side of the nose. Bending over often makes the pain worse.


Nux vomica:
Nux is a great remedy for the classic hangover headache. Splitting headache, all over, along with nausea, irritability, and sensitivity.

Sanguinaria canadensis:
Sanguinaria is often indicated for the headaches accompanying illness. Beginning in the morning and getting worse through out the day, with bursting pain from the back of the head to the front like a band, often on the right side. Nausea and dizziness are often found with this headache.

Homepathic remedies can often be found at health stores, pharmacies, and grocery stores, or online, look for 30C (60X) or higher for greatest potency:
Interested in more homeopathic remedies for everyday ailments and minor injuries?  Check out the book I referenced this post from:  Homeopathic Medicine at Home by Maesimund B. Panos, M.D. and Jane Heimlich.
* Note: Truly homeopathic remedies do not have side effects. Studies have shown that any side effects were the result of ill-prepared remedies, contamination in the manufacturing process, overdose, or a reaction to additives. Always do your research when choosing a remedy and only purchase from trusted sources. 


20 comments for “9 Homeopathic Remedies for 9 Common Headaches

  1. February 20, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    How do I know which kind to get? 30X, 30C, 6C, etc?

    • February 20, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Hi Seana, I generally look for 30C or higher. The bigger the number, the stronger the potency in homeopathy. Also good to note that X strength is only half as strong as C strength. So 30C is the same as 60X. Hope that helps!

      • March 26, 2016 at 7:21 am

        Thanks for the article. Great to help people to try homeopathy. The C behind the potency is a Roman Numeral C which means 100 and the X is a 10. This is the dilution and hence the strength of the homeopathic remedy. 6C means the remedy was diluted 6 x100 and 6X means the remedy was diluted 6 x 10 so there is a difference between the C and X. Most times you see C in the stores – at least the stores in the northeast. The most common potencies are 6C, 12C, 30C, 200C and then 1M-M means 1000 dilution. Acute issues like headaches are usually dealt with using a 30C or 200C or sometimes a 1M. Bryonia is the remedy that encompases the “all american headache” so that is the remedy I would try first.
        Take care and thanks for posting your article on homeopathy,
        Denise Timofai, D.Hom., C.Hom.

        • Barbara
          September 27, 2017 at 8:47 am

          Thank you, Denise for clarifying the differences in potencies. As for which potency to use, my homeopath says to use whatever potency you have on hand; if you have more than one but are not sure which is best, use the lowest potency and work up if necessary. I find that using water (“wet”) dosages are the most effective because I can incrementally increase the potency through succussion before each dose.

  2. March 3, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Amazing. It worked…several different times…thank you!

  3. April 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Arnica is the bomb! We love that stuff for headaches, bumps, bruises and all sorts of owies!

  4. April 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    WOW! I never knew there were classifications for different headaches (although I experience several of them–I never thought about the fact that they are different). I am in great need of a natural remedy for the headaches I get a couple times a month. PINNED! Thanks for sharing.

  5. April 5, 2014 at 2:59 am

    Thanks for sharing this graphic!! I am totally going to print it and put it in my “medicine” cabinet 🙂

  6. August 31, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Great to know about this homeopathy tips, thanks you share it.

  7. Bhavin Modi
    September 18, 2014 at 5:45 am

    wonderful, informative…

  8. Bhavin Modi
    September 18, 2014 at 5:47 am

    The article on headache with illustration and homoeopathic medicines is quite informative.

  9. December 19, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    What a wonderful article! So clear, to the point and great infographic! Keep up the good work!
    I’m going to share this (will attempt to tag you) on my fb page if thats ok for you?

    • December 19, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      hmmm.. Not sure how to tag your fb page to my share..

  10. Jonathan Maxwell
    June 18, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I am a big fan of sites like this that feature natural remedies for common problems. I write about natural remedies supported by science (site).
    The more knowledge we share the better off people will be.

  11. Dana
    September 29, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Byronia is a left sided headache. Belladonna is right sided.

  12. catherine owen
    April 11, 2018 at 6:05 am

    i have purchased sanguinaria 200c liquid. I suffer from regular migraines – throbbing pain over my right eye – sometimes im sick but often i just need to lie down in a dark room.

    Have i got the right remedy and how do i take it?

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