Sinuses, stress, poor posture and dehydration are my big triggers for headaches. Combined they find me suffering with pretty intense headaches 3-4 times a month. Often times they are debilitating, leaving me in a dark room with no noise. Since Lynn and I look to approach our health in a holistic way, I’ve done some research that I hope will lead to relief without reaching for an over-the-counter remedy. Here’s what I found…
Most common culprit for headache sufferers. Typically this happens when the weather gets warmer and the humidity levels rise. The pressure changes in the atmosphere can trigger a headache.
Many of us blame our headaches on stress. What might be a surprise is that most headaches tend to come on after the stressful period is over. That’s because the hormones that help your body handle stress stop when you relax. That’s what sets off the headache.
One of the main female hormones, oestrogen, drops around the time of menstruation which can trigger a headache.
What You Eat
What you eat can obviously play a huge role in your overall health. Some foods can set off a headache. The most common being, cheese, chocolate, citrus fruits, cured meats, nuts, onions and salty foods. Skipping meals is another trigger. That’s because it can lead to low blood sugar, which can cause a headache.
What You Drink
Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, bringing on a headache. Drinking too much caffeinate can trigger headaches as well.
Slouching or bending over a lot can increase the tension in your upper back and neck and is a leading cause of tension headaches. Try to avoid being in the same position for long periods of time and practice sitting up straight.
Home Remedies For Headaches
Lavender and Peppermint
Mix 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of peppermint essential oil in one tablespoon of a carrier oil such as almond or grapeseed. Rub this mixture on your temples.
Grate fresh ginger in hot water with a teaspoon of honey and drink as a tea. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory. It can also help to relieve the nausea that can accompany headaches.
Apply pressure just below your first and second toe on the bottom of your foot. You can also apply pressure to the webbing between your index finger and thumb. Use firm pressure for 3 to 5 minutes.
Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant and can help with headache relief. Epsom salt is made of magnesium sulfate. Do some research before using magnesium bath as it can effect some folks negatively with particular ailments.
Hot and cold water
Soak your feet in hot water for two minutes, then cold water for another two minutes. Alternate hot and cold for a total of 20 minutes. This will help increase blood flow and relieve pain.
Some people get headaches when their blood sugar is low. Natural sugars include fruit juices, honey or maple syrup.
I sympathize with anyone who has headaches or migraines on a regular basis. Even more so if you fall into the category of not wanting to take meds to relieve them. I’m with you. Hopefully a few of the suggestions above can help you prevent or even treat your headaches in a new way.
*** We are not medical doctors. Please do your own due diligence before trying any of the suggestions above.***
Real Food – Natural Health – Live Free,
Casey and Lynn