Are you looking for some natural headache remedies that actually work?
My first recommendation is to find the source of the problem. Headaches are often a symptom of a bigger issue. Possibly an allergy, a food sensitivity, stress, or even hormones. There are times you can make changes in your life to reduce triggers but sometimes those changes are out of your control. When you can’t change the situation, tools such as yoga and breathing techniques can be helpful coping strategies.
Even with the best practices in place, tension headaches still sneak up on me from time to time. When they do, I make sure I have my three favorite headache remedies on hand.
Rosemary Essential Oil. Put one drop of essential oil in a glass of water a sip slowly. Apply a few drops to your temples and gently rub. I always carry this essential oil in my purse for this very reason. Note: If you are going to ingest essential oils please be aware that many companies who claim to sell “pure” essential oils have been tested by independent companies only to find they actually contain chemicals. Know your sources. I used Enchanted Essences as they are 100% pure organic oils. If this doesn’t work, try Potion Pain, an herbal pain relieving tincture. It works really well when taken as soon as you feel a headache coming on.
2. My second tool is the Occipivot. Let me tell you, if you are experiencing a tension headache and nothing is helping, this thing will provide relief! Simply place it under your neck and lay flat on your back. The rounded bumps act like a massage therapist pressing certain trigger points and it immediately stops the pain. It might not break your headache but it does provide relief, even if only temporarily. I absolutely love this thing. One of the best discoveries ever!
3. Lastly, to break a headache that has a really good hold, I turn to Valerian. Valerian is an herb that has muscle relaxing and sedative properties. Usually when I get a tension headache it is as a result of stress. It just becomes a big cycle because the more pain I’m in, the more tense I hold my body and I can literally feel a band tightening around my head causing more and more pain. Valerian relaxes the muscles and helps break the painful cycle. When shopping for Valerian, be sure that it lists valerenic acid, the active ingredient, on the label.
A few words of warning: Valerian stinks like dirty socks! (Although, if you get really fresh root it sometimes does not). Cats also love Valerian, even more than catnip. It won’t hurt your cat but they will go crazy trying to get into your container so keep it out of sight. (And, the usual disclaimer: I am obviously not a doctor. Be sure to consult with your physician before taking any herb!)
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