Natural Headache Remedies

Who hasn't had a headache at one time or another? If you find yourself in a situation where your head is throbbing, try these natural headache remedies to seek some relief from the pain.

Causes of Headaches

  • Eyestrain (From the TV, computer, driving in the rain, reading in dim light, etc.)
  • Certain scents (perfumes and colognes, diesel or other industrial smells, cleansers, etc.)
  • Certain tones or sounds
  • Over stimulation
  • Sunlight
  • Abrupt change in weather

Headaches in Men Vs. Women
Many women experience headaches the week before and during their period. Some tend to experience headaches during menopause and pregnancy too.

Cluster headaches seem to hit men more often than women. Cluster headaches tend to "cluster" in a day or week, lasting anywhere from fifteen minutes to several hours, and returning up to eight times before finally disappearing again until the next time.

Massage Therapy
Massage can be performed on an individual's head or face, but because headaches often cause the neck and shoulders to become tense and tight, it's best to have someone else do the work for you.

Gently massage the entire face and head, paying particular attention to the area behind the ears and around the eyes. Go over the entire area with slow strokes. The neck and shoulders should be massaged gently at first, but end with more of a deep muscle massage. This helps to work out the tension in your muscles and release the toxins that build up. Also try massaging the upper arms and down the back.

Reflexology
Reflexology is another form of massage that involves the feet and hands. Pay particular attention to your toes. It's best to have someone else massage your tense areas so you can relax.

The webbed area between the index finger and the thumb is a trigger point for helping to relieve a headache and has been used in Asian cultures for centuries. Simply pinch the area for about 15 to 20 seconds. If you've hit the right spot it should hurt a bit. Do this about ten times on each hand.

Take a Warm Shower
Let the warm water give you a neck and shoulder massage. Warm baths work, as does a warm compress. Lie down in a quiet room with an eye mask and relax. After a short rest, hopefully your headache will be but a distant memory on the horizon.

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