Natural Headache Remedies

Natural Headache Remedies

Headaches
afflict almost everyone at some time or the other. Most headaches are functional, being caused by temporary
upsets, and are not related to any organic changes in the brain.





They are often nature's warning that something is wrong somewhere in the body. The actual pain, however, arises from
irritation to nerve endings in the shoulder, neck, and scalp muscles, and also in the smooth muscles encircling the blood vessels
which serve these areas.





The common causes of headaches are allergy, emotional stress, eye strain, high blood pressure, a hangover, infection, low
blood sugar, nutritional deficiency, tension, and the presence of poisons and toxins in the body.
Allergies are often the unsuspected cause of headaches. The foods to which some people are allergic and which can trigger
headaches are milk and milk products, chocolates, chicken, liver, alcohol, and strong cheese. Sneezing and diarrhea are
further indications of an allergy.

Natural Headache Remedies #1
There are several remedies for various types of headaches. Lemon is beneficial in its treatment The juice of three or four
slices of lemon should be squeezed in a cup of tea and taken by the patient for treating this condition. It gives immediate
relief. The crust of lemon, which is generally thrown away, has been found useful in headaches caused by heat. Lemon
crusts should be pounded into a fine paste in a mortar and applied a* plaster on the forehead. Applying the yellow, freshly
pared-off rind of a lemon to each temple will also give relief.

Natural Headache Remedies #2
Apples are valuable in all types of headaches. Alter removing the upper rind and the inner hard portion of a ripe apple, it
should be taken with a little salt every morning on an empty stomach in such cases. This should be continued for about a
week.

Natural Headache Remedies #3
Cinnamon is useful in headaches caused by exposure to cold air. A fine paste of this spice should be prepared by mixing it
with water and it should be applied over the temples and forehead to obtain relief.

Natural Headache Remedies #4
The simple act of brewing and drinking a cup of hot herbal tea can do much to promote relaxation and relieve a tension
headache, especially if it is made from a relaxing herb such as
chamomile, catnip, or linden flower, all of which are
mild sedatives.

A more tenacious headache may require
white willow bark, meadowsweet, or valerian, all of which have
pain-relieving properties.

These herbs generally do not work as well as drugs for stopping pain, but because they have no harmful side effects, they
are a much better alternative.

Natural Headache Remedies #5
The herb rosemary has been found valuable in headaches resulting from cold. A handful of this herb should be boiled in a
liter of water and put in a mug. The head should be covered with a towel and the steam inhaled for as long as the patient
can bear. This should be repeated till the headache is relieved.

Natural Headache Remedies #6 - Aromatherapy
Fragrant essential oils help to relieve headaches by easing mental and physical tension. The following essential oils are
some of the most helpful for headaches.

Lavender is balancing for the body and mind and promotes relaxation. It relieves physical and mental stress and
engenders an overall sense of well-being. Lavender has a sweet, floral, herbaceous fragrance.

Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, helps to ease emotional tension, and is especially helpful
for tension headaches. Chamomile has a sweet, herbaceous and slightly tart fragrance.

Peppermint helps to relieve pain, is antispasmodic, and stimulates circulation. The pungent menthol scent has an uplifting
effect on the emotions and helps to clear the brain.

Natural Headache Remedies #7 - Massage Therapy for Headaches
Massage is a powerful technique for relaxing the tense muscles that contribute to headaches. By stimulating pressure
points in the head and neck, you can release the blocked energy that causes tension and migraine headaches. You can
easily massage your own temples, forehead, and neck, but you will have a more relaxing experience if someone else
performs the massage on you.

The two points located just under the base of the skull where the neck joins the head are among the most important
acupressure points for the head. To find these points, place your fingers at the top vertebrae of your neck, and then move
your fingers to the side approximately one inch along the base of your skull until you feel a small indentation on either
side. These points may feel slightly tender. Apply firm pressure with your thumbs or the pads of your fingers, making a
small rotating motion if you desire. In general, the more deeply you massage the points, the better the results. Continue
massaging for one to three minutes, until you feel the tension release from your neck and head.

Natural Headache Remedies #8 - Hydrotherapy for Headaches
A hot foot bath is excellent for easing a tension headache. Fill a basin with water as hot as you can comfortably tolerate,
and add ten drops of lavender essential oil. Soak your feet in the hot water, and at the same time, place a cold cloth on the
back of your neck or your forehead or wherever the pain is concentrated. Relax for at least 15 minutes, replacing the cold
cloth with a fresh cloth as needed to maintain a cold temperature
Natural Headache Remedies #9
Special Homemade Headache-Relief Tea

2 teaspoons grated ginger root
2 teaspoons linden blossom
2 teaspoons chamomile
2 cups water

Simmer ginger root in water in a covered pot for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add linden and chamomile, cover, and
steep for 10 minutes. Strain, sweeten if desired, and drink hot as needed.
Natural Headache Remedies #10
Aroma Therapy Compress for Headaches

8 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
2 cups cool water

Add essential oils to a basin of cool water. Soak two washcloths in the water, wring out, and apply one to the forehead and
one to the back of the neck. Lie down and rest for 15 minutes or longer.
Natural Headache Remedies #11
Massage Oil for Headaches

2 ounces almond ail
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops marjoram essential oil
5 drops chamomile essential oil
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Combine oils in a dark-glass bottle and shake well. Use approximately 1/2 teaspoon at a time and apply to the temples,
forehead, back of the neck, and shoulders, massaging deeply to release blocked energy.


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