Headaches…we all get them and we dread having them! Often the pain is so severe or irritating that it gets in the way of our focus and concentration impairing us from getting through the day properly. Most of the time its easy to grab for a bottle of aspirin to make the pain go away. Constant use of headache medication can have negative effects on our bodies especially our kidneys. Though it may not be something you take every single day you may want to consider if something with that effect is worth ingesting into our bodies. Conventional over the counter companies that provide their version of ibuprofen or aspirin impair the prostaglandins hormone which works to open the blood vessels that lead to the kidneys, meaning it can cause dead tissue from a lack of blood flow to the organ.
There are different types of headaches (migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaces) and different types of causes which make it hard to allocate an exact cause for the pain.
Often headaches are caused many different things which can include:
- Lack of oxygen to the brain
- Lack of food
- Over activity of blood vessels, muscles and nerves
- Hangovers (too much alcohol)
- Panic attacks
- Overuse of certain medication
- Teeth grinding
- Certain foods
- Lack of sleep
Sometimes headaches are a premature signal for a bigger issue in the body such as:
- Blood clots
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- High blood pressure
Having headaches on a daily basis is an indication that something is not right on the inside. Pay attention to your body as it is speaking to you ad try to feel out where the problem is. If you’re experiencing headaches on a consistent basis and with severe pain its important to consult a medical professional to make sure there isn’t a problem that has been growing and developing inside your body that mat have detrimental effects.
Here are some natural at home remedies you can try to ease the pain and take away your headache rather than grabbing for the bottle of medication. BUT keep in mind, remedies work differently for everyone. What may work for someone may not work for you.
- Drinking water!
- Eating enough food! (one of the more common reasons for headaches)
- Hot shower
- Hot compress on the forehead
- Herbal tea
- Acupuncture (something to try and see if it works best with your body)
- Herbs and spices that help treat inflammation: Cayenne Pepper, Turmeric, Ginger, Rosemary, Cloves, Oregano, Sage, Thyme. With these you may dilute in water and then rub into our nostrils or add a bit into some warm water and drink. (I try to have lemon water and turmeric once a day!)
- Eating some ginger root
- Cayenne pepper body rub: to help relax muscles
- Apple cider vinegar: drink a table spoon with water or use as a hot compress on forehead
- Stretching/ Yoga
- Peppermint, Eucalyptus or Lavender oil: burning at home, use in diffuser, a few drops on temples and forehead or dilute in coconut oil and rub all over body
- Magnesium supplement
- Vitamin B12 supplement: helps with brain circulation
- Fixing posture (can help relieve certain stresses in the body)
- Feverfew (Herb) supplements
- Vitamin B12: helps with brain circulation
- Incorporating more veggies into your diet (have a high water content to help hydrate the body)