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10 home remedies that really work

By: Laura Moss on June 12, 2013, 4:49 p.m.
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Bite a pencil to relieve a headache

When you're stressed, you often clench your teeth, which strains the muscle that connects the jaw to the temples and can trigger a tension headache. By placing a pencil between your teeth — but not biting down hard — you relax your muscles, which reduces pain. However, this remedy applies only to tension headaches and won't relieve pain caused by other types of headaches.