Q: What can I do for this “terrible” headache?
A: One of the most common health complaints, headaches are often your body’s way of telling you that it’s physically, or emotionally, overwhelmed. There are different kinds of headaches, each with their own causes and areas of the head affected, but some of the more common causes include stress, tension, allergies, constipation, eyestrain, hunger, sinus pressure, and sensitivity to chemicals [both in your body and outside of it]. Relax with aromatherapy. Many essential oils have the ability to relax muscles, or dilate blood vessels, alleviating painful headaches. You can massage a few drops of pure lavender essential oil into your temples to induce relaxation. Or, put a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a tissue and inhale the scent deeply a few times.
For a muscle rub that can relax tense shoulders, add two drops of ginger, eucalyptus and rosemary oils to a naturally-based lotion. Stimulating a simple acupressure point may provide relief. Use your thumb and index finger to press against the bridge of your nose at the corners of your eyes. Another acupressure point can be found in the centre of the fleshly webbing between your index finger and thumb. Rub that point for 5-10 minutes.
Finally, if you can figure out what is triggering your headaches, do you best to remove it from your immediate vicinity. Ventilate rooms, turn off fluorescent lamps and open shades to let in natural light, and refrain from using even standard household chemicals as often as possible. If you suffer from headaches at work, take a few minutes every now and then to stretch your upper body including your neck, shoulders and torso.
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