Natural Headache Remedies
Lets begin with a few very basic headache remedies. From there, we'll progress to homeopathic remedies followed by natural compresses (besides hot / cold) which can soothe and reduce the intensity of a headache.
Basic Headache Remedies - These suggestions are very beneficial and may be all that is required to resolve your headache.
Adequate sleep - Sleep is restorative and necessary for proper brain function.
Enjoy a healthy diet - Elevated toxin levels can minimize and even eliminate the body's ability to prevent and cure. The higher the toxin level and the longer it remains in one's body, the greater the chances for recurrent headaches, general malaise and cancer.
Regular exercise - Exercising replenishes and increases oxygen intake and uptake to all parts of the body, and especially the brain.
Neck and upper body stretch and focused breathing - This elongates the neck and shoulder muscles resulting in less tension. Coupled with focused breathing, it helps improve oxygenation. This combination is a very effective headache remedy often resulting in relief within minutes.
Proper posture - Helps keep skeletal structure in proper place. This minimizes stress to bones, muscles, ligaments etc which can lead to tension headaches.
Quit smoking - When one inhales cigarette smoke, one is NOT providing oxygen to body parts. Instead, one is inhaling carbon dioxide which is a toxin that blocks oxygen uptake.
Relaxation techniques: meditation, deep breathing, yoga -
These practices are known to induce the release of a biochemistry which can help minimize the duration and intensity of headaches.
Homeopathic Headache Remedies -
Here are several headache remedies for Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Sinus Headaches, and for Headaches due to a Hangover
Belladonna - For throbbing, sudden-onset headaches. Symptoms tend to worsen with motion and light, but are partially relieved by pressure, standing, sitting, or leaning backwards.
Bryonia - For headaches with a steady, sharp pain that occurs most often in the forehead but may radiate to the back of the head. Symptoms seem to worsen with movement or light touch. Firm pressure alleviates the pain.
Gelsemium - For pain that extends around the head and feels like a tight band of constriction. Pain usually originates in the back of the head and may be accompanied by fatigue.
Ignatia - For pain that can be described as something being drilled into the skull. These headaches tend to be triggered by emotion. Headache remedy can be used on children and adults. (Ensure proper dosage for child or adult)
Iris versicolor - For headaches that occur on one side of the head, especially after eating sweets. Visual impairment may also occur. These headaches are worse in the early morning, and during spring and fall.
Lachesis - For headaches that tend to occur on the left side of the head. Symptoms are typically worse in the mornings, before menstruation, or with exposure to warmth and sunlight. These tend to improve with open air and firm pressure.
Nux vomica - For headaches associated with hangovers, overindulgence in foods or alcohol. These headaches are often accompanied by nausea, dizziness, or constipation.
Natrum muriaticum - This headache remedy is the most commonly for migraine headaches. The pain is relieved when one is lying down in a quiet dark room. These migraines are associated with menses or grief. It tends to be worse in the middle of the day.
Spigelia- For stinging, burning, or throbbing sinus pain. Often occurs on the left side of the head. Symptoms tend to worsen with cold weather and motion. May be temporarily relieved by cold compresses while lying on the right side with the head propped up.
Natural Compresses for Headache Remedies - Compresses for headaches are intended to be used while simultaneously relaxing. Close your eyes, turn off the lights and lie down with ease and let the compresses do its work. Make sure you are in a quiet place or create one with calming music.
Castor oil compress - A castor oil compress is used on the skin to increase circulation and to promote elimination and healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. It is used to stimulate the liver, relieve headache, migraine and pain, relieve arthritic pain, increase lymphatic circulation, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion.
A castor oil pack can be placed on the following body regions:
* Right side of the abdomen to stimulate the liver
* On inflamed and swollen joints, stiff and strained muscles
* The abdomen to relieve constipation and other digestive discomforts
* The lower abdomen for menstrual pain
Precautionary Information: Castor oil should not be taken internally. Do not apply to broken skin, or use during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or during mensus.
Materials: Three layers of undyed wool or cotton flannel. It should be large enough to cover the affected area.
* Castor oil
* Plastic wrap: cut 1-2 inches larger than the flannel
* Hot water bottle
* Container with lid
* Old clothes and sheets. Castor oil will stain clothing and bedding.
Place the flannel in the container. Soak it in castor oil so that it is well saturated, but not dripping. Place the pack over the affected body part. Cover with plastic. Place the hot water bottle over the pack. Leave it on for 45-60 minutes. Rest while the pack is in place.
After removing the compress, cleanse the area with a dilute solution of water and baking soda. Store the compress in a covered container in the refrigerator. Each compress can be re-used up to 25-30 times.
Castor oil headache remedies are intended to be used for 3-7 days to treat headaches, migraines or joint pain.
Lavender / Peppermint compress - Lavender Headache Compress
Lavender only - A topical compress can be made using about 5-10 drops of the essential oil of the lavender herb mixed with a single cup of cold water. Mix together and squeeze out the excess liquid from the cloth.
Close your eyes, lie down in a quiet place and apply this to the temples. You can also use this compress over the forehead and eyes. The liquid soaks into the skin. Use throughout the course of the day, and use as often as possible. This topical treatment is effective in soothing a headache.
Lavender and Peppermint - You can also combine lavender and peppermint essential oil to create a cold compress. Apply to the forehead whenever a headache strikes or you feel one coming on.
Onion compress - Place a finely sliced onion placed in a portion of cotton fiber cloth. Use a rolling pin to squeeze and press out all the onion juices. Cover the cotton fiber cloth with cling-film. Fold the onion-juice soaked compress into four layers. **The part of the compress which is placed to affected area SHOULD NOT BE obstructed by the cling-film.** You can apply medical tape on the compress to hold it in position or bind the compress with a woolen fiber and a stretchy bandage.
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