We all suffer from headaches and migraines from time to time. Some more than others, infact 15% of the population suffer more regularly than others and take prescribed medication to ease their pain. Headaches can be caused by a variety of psychological and physical dysfunctions ranging from stress, poor diet, dehydration, muscle tension and posture to life style choices. Like headaches, migraines can also be caused by a range of factors and can cause nausea, vomiting to visual disturbances. The underlying causes of both headaches and migraines can be drawn to one single factor or a number of contributing elements.
Here is a list of natural remedies to aid your headaches and migraines
Using herbs rich in volatile oils can help ease the discomfort of a headache or prevent a further attack. To use an essential oil, dilute 1-2 drops of the oil in olive oil and rub into your temples or neck. Some of my favourites are lavender, rosemary or peppermint oil. The scent from these oils help ease the pain quiet rapidly.
To aid nausea or acid digestion from a manic migraine, try drinking a mug of chamomile or peppermint tea which are great muscle relaxants and anti spasmodic.
Bananas are rich is magnesium, a muscle relaxant and potassium which is an essential part of your electrolyte balance. If your body is feeling dehydrated then try eating a banana to refuel your body of essential nutrients.
Magnesium deficiency may interrupt nerve and muscle impulses, too, which can result in irritability that may trigger headaches. Almonds are also full of magnesium and may prevent the full blow of a headache by relaxing blood vessels. By eating a diet rich in magnesium foods may see some relief from the consistency of headaches.
Spinach is a natural cleanser and contains 30% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 40% of the daily recommended intake of iron which having a deficiency in iron can also be a cause of a headache. Spinach works by acting as an anti-inflammatory reducing the likelihood of a headache.
Other contributing factors:
Allergies to certain foods:
Having an allergic reaction to certain foods is a common contributor for migraine sufferers. Foods including red meat, chocolate (yes i know!), dairy products, sugar, yeast products, vitamin B supplements, acidic foods and alcohol. A reaction is not normally caused by one particular food but a number of foods over a period of time. If you suspect an allergy to sticking to a diet of raw foods for 2 to 3 days and gradually reintroduce foods to determine your tolerance. Check out my list of clean eating recipes for ideas on simple menu options.
The way we sit, stand and sleep can place undue stress on our skeletal system. Common postural problems include slouching at our desks, sitting for long periods of time, repetitive tasks, When muscles become irritated they produce a chemical response and pain can be felt in the near by nerve area. Identifying whether you suffer from poor postural habits whether it be at home or at work is the first step of reducing unnecessary headaches or migraines. Chiropractors and physios are trained in treating affected areas where pain has been inflicted. Improving your posture will automatically decrease the likelihood of any onset disorders or pain.