Are you sick and tired of recurring headaches? In this article, you will discover the most common causes of headaches and the 10 best natural solutions to treat and relieve them.
Headaches are at the top of the list of the most disabling physical problems worldwide. Frequent episodes of headaches reduce quality of life and may even affect the family, social, and professional spheres of individual sufferers.
There are several kinds of headaches; tension headaches and migraines are the most common. Other types are also common: cluster headaches, temporomandibular disorders (jaw pain), Arnold's neuralgia, cervicogenic headaches, sinusitis and many others.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, 95% are classified as primary headaches, tension headaches, migraines or cervicogenic headaches. They have no known disease origin, but are caused by a neurostructural imbalance that is often the result of bad life habits. There are as many causes as there are types of headaches: vertebral joint dysfunction, muscle tension, dehydration, intolerance to synthetic fragrances, food intolerance, hormonal imbalance, vitamin or mineral deficiency, alcohol abuse, withdrawal, infection of the upper respiratory tract, hypertension, hypoglycemia, serious illness, etc.
Relief will obviously depend on identifying its origin. A doctor can often help you spotlight the cause of your headaches. This will help you identify triggers, if any, and avoid them, if possible. You will also be able to work with your doctor to find a treatment plan that's right for you and find the tools that will help you relieve your symptoms.
Here are 10 natural solutions you can try to relieve headaches:
1. Drink water. You would be surprised at the number of headaches caused by dehydration. As soon as you feel the beginning of headache, rush to your bottle of water to drink a big shot!
2. Avoid triggers. Some types of headaches, especially migraines, are precipitated by triggers such as sulfates, coffee, dairy products, alcohol, cold cuts, food additives, food coloring, refined sugar, etc. Learn what foods cause you headaches and avoid them as much as possible in order to reduce the frequency of episodes.
3. Avoid synthetic fragrances. They are EVERYWHERE: detergents, perfumes, household products, textile deodorants, scented candles, cosmetics, etc. Choose fragrance-free products and add your own high-quality essential oils (inexpensive essential oils often contain fillers and synthetic solvents). Avoid too much perfume and do not use scented cleaning products or fragrances in the car or house.
4. Use essential oils like peppermint and lavender. Also be sure to go for a therapeutic grade essential oil: just put a drop in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, close your eyes and bring your hands to your nose. Take 3 or 4 big breaths through the nose. Rub your hands on your neck and shoulders and massage your temples. Repeat as needed.
5. Take some air. Go for a walk for a few minutes to oxygenate your brain and reduce tension.
6. Try our muscle relaxer cream Hush Rub (this a unique muscle relaxer containing Black seed oil, peppermint oil, arnica, rosemary and lavender essential oils). The lavender featured in Hush Rub cream has calming proprieties while the rosemary essential oil improves circulation & reduces inflammation. Mint is another key ingredients that features a cooling effect, which is associated with cryotherapy and thermotherapy. Some headaches can be relieved by a cooling effect, so the mint used in Hush Rub can help to soothe the pain. Just use a small dab of Hush Rub on your fingers, rub it on your neck and shoulders and massage your temples. Repeat as needed.
7. Take a magnesium supplement. Many people have magnesium deficiency, and studies have reported that migraine sufferers are particularly affected by this deficiency. A high-quality daily supplement of magnesium may be a good option, especially for people with high levels of stress, diabetics, or people who consume large amounts of alcohol.
8. Put down the screens. That computer, tablet, TV or mobile phone can tire your eyes and lead to headaches. Mobile devices are particularly bad for headaches because of the typical body position when looking at them. Straighten and take regular breaks, whether at leisure or at work.
9. Get moving! Physical exercise increases the level of endorphins in the body and promotes relaxation and resistance to stress. Regular stretching can also help reduce the occurrence of headaches.
10. Keep good posture. Whether in the office, on the couch or in your bed, proper posture is important in preventing headaches. Make sure you have an ergonomic workstation. Use a pillow suitable for your height and do not sleep on your stomach.