Eye Strain or Screen Headaches
If you have been working long hours in front of a computer screen and are suffering from headaches then this post is for you.
Chances are you may be suffering from eye strain or screen headaches.
How to know if you are candidate for these headaches? Being a sufferer is easier than you think. Look back on the past few weeks. How long have you actually been looking at a screen, whether it is your Desktop, IPad or mobile phone.
When you actually consider it the reality may just shock you. Perhaps you check your phone as soon as you get up. Then perhaps you read your morning paper or website over breakfast. From there perhaps you may spend your time looking at your phone while on public transport. By the time you get to work, you might be looking at up to 8 hours of staring at a screen, perhaps even longer. Than maybe its back on public transport and more time spent looking at your mobile phone. Perhaps you may spend part or all of your evening looking at the tv screen.
What may be shocking to you is not how long you spend looking at some form of screen but rather how little time you spend not looking at a screen.
Eye strain or visual stress is endemic and eye strain and screen headaches are becoming more and more common. You may find that your traditional headache cures are not working as well with eye strain headaches, often due to the fact that you don’t just have a headache. Your eyes are quite simply sore, tired and strained.
The following remedy is great because it is double action relief – it deals with both the headache and the eye soreness. If you do suffer from eye strain, you will be able to confirm it straight away after trying this remedy as the relief will be so palpable.
Eye Strain and Screen Stress Headache Remedy
IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you do not have an allergy to the essential oils listed below before using this remedy. If you are unsure, place a small drop on your wrist 24 hours before trying the remedy to see if there is any redness/reaction. If there is, do not try the remedy.
2 tea bags – preferably herbal, green tea being best.
Camomile Roman Essential Oil
5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil diluted in 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil
Travel Sleeping Mask
Lavender Water Spray
Hot Water Bottle
Steep the 2 tea bags in a cup of cold water. Leave to soak for 5 minutes. Add 1 drop of Camomile Roman to the cold water – be extremely careful as essential oils should be kept away from eyes.
Now bring the cup containing the tea bags, the eye mask and the diluted peppermint oil over to somewhere warm and where you can lie down. If possible, spray some lavender water on the soles of your feet and wrap up in a blanket with the hot water bottle.
Add just one drop of the diluted peppermint oil to your temples and the space between your eyebrows. It cannot be emphasised enough that peppermint oil is ridiculously powerful and less is always more. Do not be tempted to use more than one drop of the diluted peppermint oil the first time you try the remedy. Also please remember that peppermint oil takes a few moments to work so do not think because you do not feel the effect straight away that you should add more. Squeeze out the tea bags and place one on each eye. Hold the tea bags in place with the travel sleeping mask.
The iciness of the peppermint oil on the brow and temples combined with the soothing moisture to the eyes from the tea bags should bring blessed relief if you have been suffering from eye strain.
Try to set your alarm half an hour earlier for a few days so that you can use the remedy in bed before you get up to get some relief for the day. Try again at night before you go to sleep. For many people, eye strain may have been impacting their sleep without their even realizing it. This should help to give you a good night’s rest.
One of the reasons it is so nice to be warm with the blanket and hot water bottle is that this helps to offset the icy effect of the peppermint oil on your face and makes the whole experience all the more pleasureable.
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