The headache busting tricks you’ve never tried
You get a headache so… you pop a pill.
However, you can help ease – or even prevent – them in a more natural way. Let’s look at a few different types of headaches…
Tension headaches – centring around the base of the skull, temple and forehead, this is the most common kind of head pain. Tension headaches are mainly caused by stress, whether it’s physical or emotional.
Cluster headaches – focused more around the eyes they can last a fair bit longer that the tension ones. While sleep may help the condition, it’s worth talking to your GP if you’re a frequent sufferer, because cluster headaches can be brutal.
Secondary headaches – these ones can be even more full on, triggered by trauma, injury, or a serious systemic issue.
SO HOW CAN WE HELP RELIEVE THE PAIN?
Obviously aspirin and ibuprofen give short-term relief but we want to heal the body and work in prevention, not cure.
Here are a few natural remedies you may not have tried…
The amazing thing about acerola cherries is they contain anthocyanins – special plant pigments with inflammatory properties, which can help relieve headaches.
Try massaging your scalp in the shower while conditioning your hair. I find it helps to spend five minutes massaging with the pads of my fingers – it’s a great way to unwind.
BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT!
If I were to get a tattoo this is what it would say! Stress is the number one cause of headaches but, as it’s impossible to avoid stress, it’s essential to take time to relax. Meditation always works for me – have you tried my 10-minute guided meditations? Or you may also find peace in a ‘moving meditation’, like yoga (another favourite of mine), t’ai chi, painting, singing or dancing.
Did you know that being just 1% dehydrated can cause a headache? If you find it hard to drink enough water, load up on herbal tea and blend your favourite smoothies. Veggies also have a high water content, so getting your five-a-day can help see off your headaches too.