Headache therapy doesn’t have to involve a trip to the doctor or to the local pharmacy to buy over-the-counter pain relievers. The natural world offers a myriad of plants that can relieve your headache pain safely and without the side effects that can come with over-the-counter prescription medications, or the potential for addiction offered by many prescription medications.
There are a variety of causes for headaches and ideally you should identify and eliminate the source to avoid getting headaches in the first place. But sometimes the cause isn’t obvious. If the cause is stress it may be difficult to eliminate the reason you are plagued by headaches. That is where natural headache therapy comes in.
Headaches can be debilitating. When you suffer from headaches it can result in lost productivity at work. It can have a detrimental effect on your relationships, school, sports and even leisure time. But if you can identify the type of headache you have, you may be able to determine not only what causes them, but the best headache therapy.
There are essentially two types of headaches; primary and secondary. Primary headaches are those where the headache itself if the main problem. These headaches are caused by muscle tension, dehydration, medicines or hormone changes. Secondary headaches are those that are caused by an underlying medical problem. These include tumors, neck injuries, jaw, teeth or sinus infections.
Yes, it’s true, your teeth can give you a headache. This is where your dentist comes in because if you don’t fix the underlying problem such as an abscessed tooth, your headaches will continue. If you live in Hilliard, Ohio and are suffering for what you believe are dental-related headaches, call Mark Levy DDS at (614) 777-7350. He can examine your teeth and come up with a treatment plan that will eliminate the root cause your headaches.
Headaches have been around since people have been on the planet. No one is immune from the potential of developing a headache. Even though our modern medicines have not been around forever that doesn’t mean headaches weren’t cured before they were invented. In fact, most of our modern medicines are derived from plants that have been used as headache therapy for centuries.
One of the oldest treatments for headaches is white willow bark tea. If you have a tree near you simply collect the bark from a twig of the tree, add two teaspoons to a cup of water, boil for 10 minutes and drink it once it is cooled slightly. Not sure about this? White willow bark contains salicylic acid, which is the active ingredient of aspirin. Research on the compounds of white willow bark, which also include apigenin, and salicin, make white willow bark an anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antineuralgic.
Feverfew is another popular natural headache therapy. Feverfew can also control migraines which can be extremely debilitating. The good news here is that you don’t need the plant to make this headache therapy work. Feverfew can be bought in capsules and if taken daily can reduce the frequency of your headaches or eliminate them entirely. You can also make a tea out of the fresh leaves. Simply boil the water and steep the leaves as you would if you were making a cup of loose leaf tea.
Ginger root is an ancient Chinese headache therapy. Eating a small piece of ginger root or making ginger root tea from the fresh root or tea bags will soon send you headache away. Celery is yet another candidate for headache therapy. It has phthalide as an active ingredient which helps reduce anxiety. It also has a lot of potassium, a substance many headache sufferers are deficient in.
If your headaches are stress related more than vascular related you may benefit from headache therapy that involves calming teas. Chamomile, Lavender and Valerian fit this bill. They have either calming or sedative properties, but be cautious when using Valerian as it may make you drowsy. Only drink that if you are taking your headache therapy at home.
If you don’t care for tea you can try aromatherapy instead. All you need is a small bottle of the essential oil. Essential oils that are good for headache therapy include peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus oils. Rub a drop or two of the oil into your temples, forehead or neck. Breathe in the scent and it will clear your nasal passages which helps sinus headaches. Lavender headache therapy also includes a few drops of the essential oil on a pillow. Breathing in lavender helps you relax. Its components react with your nervous system and helps relieve tension.