My Aching Head…

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Headaches…we all get them in one form or another…making us miserable and unable to function. Our lives are fast paced, busy and filled with more than a little stress.Generally we pop a pill and viola…the headache is gone…sometimes 🙁

Rebound headaches are a common side effect of over the counter remedies.

Headaches can be tricky…what works for one person may be a trigger for another person. Foods we eat filled with synthetic chemicals can be a major cause of many of your headaches.

Most of us suffer from tension headaches…a steady vise like pain on both sides of your head.

Migraine headaches are throbbing, head banging headaches and are usually localized to one side of your head. They can also be accompanied by vomiting, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound..but not always. More women than men suffer from migraines.

Cluster headaches are rare, severe and usually localized around one eye. The eye becomes red and watery. This type of headache usually recurs over a period of days but don’t generally last more than an hour.  Men generally experience cluster headaches more than women and alcohol is usually the trigger.

Natural remedies may take a bit more time but don’t brush them off so quickly. They won’t wreak havoc on your body like over the counter pain relievers and you will less likely to become dependent on them. You may have to try a few before you find the one that works for you 😉

Here are a few natural remedies that may help…

Compresses – Some headaches are caused by expanded blood vessels. Applying a cold compress can be beneficial for these types of headaches. An ice pack or bag of frozen peas can do the trick. Headaches that are caused by tension or anxiety need heat rather than cold. Making a hot compress with Apple Cider Vinegar has been shown to help ease a tension headache. Boil 3 cup of water with 1/4 cup of ACV. Place a towel or wash cloth in the water…slightly wring it out and place it on your forehead.

Almonds – For an everyday tension headache..a handful of Almonds can be beneficial. Almonds contain salicin which is also found in some over the counter pain relievers.

Cayenne – Spicy and pain relief don’t sound like they go hand in hand right? Cayenne Pepper contains capsaicin which is a proven anti inflammatory and pain reliever. Capsaicin deletes Substance P in your brain that makes you feel pain. Make a mixture of 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper and 4 ozs. water. Soak a cotton swab in the mixture and gently apply inside each nostril.

Rosemary Essential Oil – Gently rub a drop or two of Rosemary oil on each temple and sit quietly for 5 to 10 mins. Rosemary oil contains carvacrol which acts similarly to an over the counter NSAID.

Magnesium – Low levels of magnesium can make a you prone to headaches. Take 400mg daily to help prevent a head banging headache or add some magnesium rich food into your diet like pumpkin seeds, figs or dark chocolate.

Chamomile – Chamomile tea contains compounds that help ease pain and relax you.

Butterbur – Butterbur is a plant in the daisy family. It contains anti inflammatory properties along with being a natural beta blocker. Beta blocker are used to reduce blood pressure and prevent spasms of the capillaries.

Feverfew –  Feverfew is also a plant. It contains parthenolide which has anti inflammatory properties and relaxes constricted blood vessels similar to Butterbur.

Foot Bath – Foot baths are believed to be powerful remedies for headaches. Hot water draws blood to your feet easing the pressure in your head. Add a few drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil to the water…the aroma will help provide additional soothing relief.

Water – Dehydration can cause a pounding headache. At the first sign of a headache…drink a tall glass of water…it might be the solution.

 

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My Aching Head…

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