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.
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 FOR KUNDALINI YOGA FOR HEADACHES
- Kundalini Yoga for Headaches Part 3 – Treatment with Anne Novak
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