One of the most common complaints of overworking are headaches.
Although we can tend to throw all headaches into the same category and reach for the pain killers to try and alleviate them, there are more natural cures available. However in order for the more natural remedies to work, it helps to identify the type of headache we are dealing with:
Migrane Headache A severe and painful type of headache associated with throbbing pain, nausea and heightened sensitivity to light. Migraines can be triggered by stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation and hormonal changes. Massage lavender or peppermint oil into the temples and back of neck to relieve migraine headaches and ease feelings of nausea and anxiety.
Tension or Stress Headache Characterized as dull, constant pressure or pain. Tension headaches are typically brought on by feelings of pressure. Use eucalyptus or peppermint oil topically on the temples, forehead and wrists to alleviate stress and reduce tension. To ease the mind, add 5–10 drops of lavender oil to a warm-water bath.
Headaches / Insomnia Due To Mental Agitation Or Overwork As above. See also clary sage, marjoram, ylang- ylang, and neroli
Sinus Headache Eucalyptus oil topically on the chest, top of nose and temples to open up the nasal passages and relieve sinus tension.
Sugar Headache Combine equal parts lavender, rosemary and coconut oil, and apply topically to the back of neck, temples and forehead. Or take 1 drop of rosemary internally – it is important that only the best quality essential oils suitable for digestion are used when taking internally.
Dehydration Headache Probably the most common of work headaches – a combination of air conditioning, large consumption of tea / coffee and remaining for long periods at the desk without taking any / enough water. Solution? Throw away the plastic cups and small plastic water bottles and invest in one large 1 – 1.5 litre bottle. Have the full bottle on your desk at the beginning of your work day and try and ensure that you have emptied it twice by the end of your working day.
Essential oils have been used for centuries to promote our physical as well as psychological well being. They are highly concentrated oils that are distilled and extracted from the different parts of the plants and just a small amount applied can have powerful health benefits. They contain aromatic and therapeutic compounds that interact with the neurotransmitters in your brain and the cells in your body to fight Illness and improve your health.
Burn your oils in a diffuser, add to a candle, or just smell them. If you want to apply them to the skin, for example as a fragrance or massage add them a few drops to a carrier oil such jojoba oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, almond oil or shea-butter oil. Be sure and test for skin irritation by putting a drop of essential oils at the back of your palm to see if they cause a reaction.
Also try the following:
- Nebulizing diffuser- The easiest way to use essential oil for headaches is to use a nebulizing diffuser. It delivers pure essential oils into the air without diluting with water. So you can be sure you are inhaling a good amount of essential oil.
- Necklace diffuser- It works well for people who are on the always on the go. A few drops of your essential oil before you leave the house will give you up to 6 hours of relief.
- Car diffuser- If you’re Stuck in traffic with a bad headache, it will leave you with a foul mood. A good quality car diffuser with some lavender oil is a perfect way to end a long stressful day.
- Another way to reduce stress is to apply it topically. Put 2-3 drops of essential oil diluted with 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and then massage the oil into your temples, back of neck and chest.
- Add 5-10 drops of essential oils to a warm water bath. This can be helpful if you experience headaches at night and have trouble while sleeping.
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ALSO TRY FOR KUNDALINI YOGA FOR HEADACHES
- Kundalini Yoga for Headaches Part 3 – Treatment with Anne Novak