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Cure A Headache The Natural Way
Headaches can be caused by a variety of things, overwork, stress, eye strain, tension, something you have eaten, a smell, bright lights, I could go on. But we all have something that seems to bring on a headache.
Then we all reach for the packet of pain killers. But, there is other ways, sometimes painkillers are all that will work, but it is worth trying a few of these techniques first.
Some headaches are caused by lack of sleep, which can only be cured by one thing, sleep. Also, some headaches may be the sort you need to see your Doctor about, but most are just as easily sorted by natural techniques that some can be done or used anyway.
First of all see if you can work out what caused the headache in the first place, you usually have some idea, of the cause.
Cause of the headache
Think about what you have been doing, what triggered the headache in the first place
- Dehydration - Not taking in enough water, have you been drinking a lot of coffee, alcohol, physical exertion where you need to replace the lost liquid.
- Over work - You leave work with a banging headache, then it is due to work, staring at the computer screen, having too much to do, thinking too hard, too many phone calls.
- Food - What have you been eating, chocolate, turkey, cheese, fizzy drinks and of course coffee can all play a part
- Emotions - Are you angry, stressed, tired.
- Sleep - Have you had too much, or not enough, both can cause headaches
- Hormones - Mainly women, but hormones do play their part and can cause headaches at certain times of the month, taking HRT, or pregnancy
- Bright Lights - Bright light, or flashing lights, such as when in the car on a sunny day. The lovely bright sunshine can cause problems too.
- Weather - Stormy weather, humid weather and raising temperatures, can all bring on headaches due to pressure build up.
- Sitting or lying incorrectly will put strain on your back and neck and can cause headaches
Water is the first thing you can do, sit down, take a few deep breaths and relax your face and shoulders, when you have a headache, especially a tension headache, the muscles in your facial muscles, neck and shoulders as they tend to be tight and bunched up, if you relax these and sip water, not ice cold water, just cool water, then you are giving your body what it needs, hydration and relaxation. This may be all that is needed for your headache to start to ease off.
Make sure you are eating correctly, stress will deplete the B vitamins and vitamin C, so make sure you are eating properly. Try sitting down with an orange or having a wholemeal Tuna sandwich, to replenish your vitamins. This will not make the headache go, but it will help to stop getting headaches in the first place. Although sometimes you can get a headache if you are hungry and sitting down and eating something wholesome might just do the trick
Aromatherapy - There are plenty easy ways of using aromatherapy, you could put a few drops of peppermint oil or lavender oil in a bath and lie down, relax and take in the relaxing scents, the warm water and the aroma will help to relax your body and muscles and sooth away your headache
Or you could put a few drops of chamomile on a tissue and take in with a deep breath, this is something you can carry with you, or take to work.
Or you could put a few drops of lavender onto your finger tips and slowly massage the oil into your temples and forehead steadily, either lying down with your eyes closed, or sitting at your desk with your elbows on the desk and fingers on you head with thumbs at your temples.
Or put some soft music on low, close your eyes while burning some chamomile and lavender oil in a burner.
If your headache is due to a cold, or blocked nose then steam some eucalyptus oil in hot water and breathe in the vapors, this will help clear your head.
Most of all relax, take time out.
If you are at work, and you can go outside, sit down and take in some air, let your facial muscles relax, it is amazing of how tight the muscles in the face can get, which alone can cause tension and headaches, and not forgetting to bring down your shoulders from up by your ears.
Hand reflexology I feel is the best way, it can be done at home, on a bus, at work and it works very well with tension, stress headaches.
First of all, get a few sips of water (not too cold) and lie down, placing one hand on your tummy, and close your eyes. If you are sitting then sit with your back relaxed and hands placed on your lap.
Take the thumb of the hand on your tummy or lap and rotate at the base in big slow circles, moving up the thumb with the slow circles, one way and then the other until you get to the top, then twist and pinch at the top of the thumb.
Then take the thumb with all your fingers of the other hand and massage up the thumb, pulling and squeezing.
You then do the same thing on every finger then swap and do the same on the other hand.
When you have done both hands, lie with your eyes gently closed for a little while and relax, normally my headache has gone before I have got to the end of this massage, if it goes, still carry on to the end and complete the process.
I have done this under a table at a restaurant when I had a particularly bad headache and it really did work without pain killers.
Pressure points The pressure point on your body are the temples, gently massage the temples for about 1 minute with the thumbs in slow, small circular movements, try closing your eyes while doing this too.
Inside of the eyebrows, just about your nose, very gently massage for around 30 seconds. Not to hard, as it is a sensitive area.
Back of the neck, Gb20 acupuncture point, Put your hands on your head and use your thumbs to locate the depressions at the base of your skull. The points are just to the outside of the large muscles running down the side your neck. Press your thumbs in and slightly upward in the direction of your eyes. Press till you feel no more than a comfortable pain, then hold the pressure while you knead the points in very small circular movements for 1-2 minutes.
Hand, Co4 acupuncture point, This pressure point helps relieve pain in the head and face such as a headache, toothache or sinus pain. The point is located on the area between where your thumb and index finger join. Apply pressure to the spot 1.5'' in from the edge of the webbing between your thumb and index finger. Press down with your left thumb on the right hand point, and place your left index finger on the palm side of the webbing, so as to press the point from both sides. Press and massage the point in small circular motions for a minute or two. Do the same for the point on the other hand.
The hand pressure point is another technique you can use just about anywhere.
You can also use the essential oils mentioned on these points while massaging them, lavender, peppermint or chamomile are the best choice.
Sunglasses or reduce the glare on your computer screen if strong light is a problem, wear good quality sunglasses with anti glare, as some cheap ones, don't help at all and can make the problem worse, wear a hat in the sunshine to keep the glare down also. If you are at home or at the office, close a blind to reduce the brightness.
Posture, make sure you are sitting correctly at work, or at home, and that your mattress is not too soft or hard and making you lie awkwardly and placing strain on your body, back and neck.
Cold compress, Lie down in a darkened room with a cold compress on your forehead is also a good way of cooling a headache, either an ice pack or even just a face cloth, run under a cold tap and if you have time pop in the fridge for a few minutes to really cool it down, then lie down and relax
Most headaches are are not serious, and are tension, or a reaction to food, bright lights and so on, just taking some time and relaxing should do the trick.
If the headache is persistent and nothing is working not even pain killers then it is time to see a doctor to be on the safe side
When To Call The Doctor
If nothing seems to be working not even pain killers, and any of the below apply then maybe it is time to see your doctor
- Head injury, followed by a headache or vomiting should always be followed up by a doctors visit.
- A headache followed by a seizure
- Any loss of balance, or numbness
- Slurred speech
- Vomiting continuously
- Blurred or loss of vision
- Memory loss or confusion
- If there is a history of heart disease or high blood pressure
- A fever, with stiff neck and confusion.
- Some migraine headaches need prescription drugs
- A headache that worsens or doesn't improve, or comes on very suddenly
Most of the time headaches are tension, sinus, or something eaten so don't worry, but if any of the above applies then please seek medical advice
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