Headaches

Headaches

They can be caused by a variety of psychological and physical dysfunctions, from stress and tension to digestive disorders and postural problems up to pollution, bad lighting or domestic gas leaks (no matter how minute), eye strain, bad diet, allergies or other factors.

Advice:

Western Herbalism

You can take a relaxing bath with any of the following herbs, if possible including Lavender as one of the ingredients.

Balm, Cayenne, Chamomile, Elder Flower, Ground Ivy, Jamaican Dogwood, Lady’s Slipper, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary, Rue, Skullcap, Tansy, Thyme, Valerian, Wood Betony and Wormwood.

The bark of birch trees is commonly used as a pain-reliever by American Indians. And despite the fact that aspirin is inexpensive and readily available, there are still people in Europe and America that chew on the salicylate-rich bark of the willow and black poplar trees to cure their headaches. You can use the willow by making a herbal tea. (see How to make a)

You can also use one of the herbs that are rich in volatile oils (the best ones for headaches being Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram and Peppermint).

This can be used in the form of essential oils or as strong infusions. They can either be rubbed on the forehead and temples or their vapour can be inhaled, both methods often easing pain surprisingly fast. When you’re using the essential oils make sure that you mix these with a carrier oil.

Other remedies
*Using relaxing techniques can also be helpful, try a walk in the forest or beach, do some yoga or Tsai Chi exercises.

*The Lamaze technique can be very helpful for counteracting headache pain. Drop your head so that your chin is on your chest. Slowly turn your head, leading with your chin, to the right and then to the left. Tighten your muscles from the shoulders on up, hold for 15 seconds, then relax.

*This breathing exercise is not only used to relieve headaches, but is also reported to relieve eyestrain, and neck and shoulder tension – and improve vision: Let your head drop forward and inhale through your nose. Hold that breath as you count to 10. Exhale, open your eyes, and blink quickly 10 times. Move your eyes in a circle – first clockwise, and then counter-clockwise. Then move your eyes diagonally, and up and down, 10 times each.

Slowly move your head toward your right shoulder, and then toward your left shoulder. Then rub your hands together quickly, close your eyes, and cover them with your palms. Breathe five very slow breaths, and picture yourself being filled with renewed energy.

Acupressure Therapy
*Massage the spot on the brow bone. Try this yourself by locating the small depression that’s just above the pupil of your eye. Then press with your fingertips, rotating clockwise for 30 seconds.

Visualization Therapy
*If your headache is stress related, try visualization to take a short, mental vacation. Whenever you feel the tension start to build, close your eyes and picture a tranquil scene or recall a very pleasant experience. If that image has soothing music associated with it, keep this handy to trigger an immediate relaxation response.

Traditional House & Folk Remedies
* Honey has natural pain-relieving powers, which is used as a traditional Chinese remedy for headache. You can eat the honey straight out of the jar, or mix three large spoonfuls in boiled water and drink. The Chinese also raid the kitchen for fresh radishes, buck thorn berries, licorice, cinnamon, mint leaves, orange peels and ginger root to ease their throbbing heads.

Caution: Honey is not recommend for people with low or high blood sugar. Unpasteurized honey may not be eaten by pregnant women and for children to a small degree. Only buy cold-pressed honey because heated honey contains additions and thereby loses its healing properties.

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