Headaches can develop for a number of reasons. Usually Headaches can be related to some obvious cause such as nasal congestion or sinusitis, eyestrain, fatigue or tension. The majority of Headaches are due to stress or worries, with muscle spasms in the neck leading to head pains. These can be made worse by poor posture and many jobs create special problems - for example, computer operators often get eyestrain and stiff, aching shoulders or neck muscles and consequent Headaches.
Home remedies for Headaches
Many essential oils have some analgesic properties. A useful way of employing the following for headaches is a cold compress applied to the temples and forehead.
Use 5 drops in a small bowl of cold water, wring out a flannel or something similar and place on the area of headache. Alternatively, gentle massage a couple of drops directly into the temples.
Lavender is relaxing, warming and analgesic, one of the gentlest of oils. Where there is neck tension, apply a hot compress to the neck and upper back at same time to treat headache
Peppermint is very cooling in its effect and is also very useful for relieving catarrh and nasal congestion
Rosemary is even stimulating to the central nervous systems and is excellent for headaches
At the earliest signs of headache taking a herbal tea from the choice below can stop headache.
Chamomile is good for bilious headaches, stemming from over-eating or indigestion, where there is dull throbbing pain on top of the head
Lime blossom soothes the nerves and is very helpful for tension headaches.
Peppermint works well for digestive or sinus headaches
Belladonna can be used for a burning, violent headache with a hot head when the symptoms are worse with any haring movement of the head or loud noises
Bryonia is used for a sever, splitting headache, only relieved by lying still or with firm cool pressure
Nux Vomica is used for sharp headache either on walking or after food, with nausea or bilious feeling from over-eating
Naturopathy approach is to look at prevention of headache by changing lifestyle to reduce reasons for headaches. Eating a varied whole food diet, reducing alcohol, coffee, tea and getting more exercise and fresh air are all likely to help lower the frequency of headaches for regular sufferers. Drink plenty of fluids, as dehydration could be a factor
Treatment of Headache by Home Remedy
Two table spoons of rose petal vinegar added to 1 liter (1.75 pints) of water has a fragrant, refreshing smell which is very soothing and give quick relief from headaches.
A headache pillow remedy - Mix together 50g(2oz) each of lavender marjoram, rose petals, betony and rose leaf and 15g(!oz) of cloves. Sew them into a cotton case and keep it beneath your pillow.
Massage to the back of the neck on either side of the spinal column, the temples and the scalp will ease tension tremendously but one of the best ways of curing a thumping headache is to massage your feet or get someone else to do it for you.
For the best results in curing headaches massage with one of the following essential oils in a dilution of almond oil: peppermint, rosemary, cloves, aniseed, marigold oil for the temples; wintergreen for the back of the neck. Tiger balm can be popped into a handbag or pocket and taken anywhere for any emergency.
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