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Relieving Migraines and Tension The Natural Way

Relieving Migraines and Tension The Natural Way

The most debilitating and annoting pain is a headache. It cannot be seen but it certainly can be felt.  The pain or nuisance of a headache can make life a miserable challenge, and forces us to head straight for an over the counter drug.. This will only make the problem worse. We need to find out the trigger. What is causing these severe headaches and yes there is a reason.

When you take pain killers all you’re doing is masking your symptoms and ignoring the real problems. Natural remedies can take a little bit more time to get your head around but with persistence and belief you can do it so don’t brush them off.  Try out some of my remedies instead:

ALMONDS:

Stop eating over the counter tablets when you get a migraine and eat a handful of almonds instead the minute you feel a migraine coming on. These nuts can be a natural remedy and a healthier alternative to other conventional medicine. Salicin is found in almonds and is an excellent pain reliever which is also found in painkillers. Attention though I know it’s confusing but sometimes ALMONDS can be a trigger food too for some people so keep an eye out!

SPICES: 

A spicy food can indeed be helpful in this instance and cayenne pepper is known as the king of spices to treat painful symptoms and inflammation. The secret lies in an ingredient called capsaicin, which helps with our pain threshold.

Recipe mixture: 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder

1/2 cup of warm water
-cotton

2 cotton pads

Dilute a ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder in 1/2 cup of warm water. Soak a cotton pad into the mixture. Now, apply the pad onto the inside of each nostril and you should be able to feel the heat. This will help with relievingHERBAL REMEDIES:

Headaches, particularly migraines, can be relieved through the use of the feverfew plant. When a migraine is in the works your blood vessels are changing, and theories suggest that the vessels in your head are expanding and pressing on nerves. Feverfew has been confirmed to relax the tension/constrict blood vessels, easing the painful pressure. It also reduces inflammation and pain overall with a substance called parthenolide, which has results similar to taking a daily aspirin, but without the side effects.

You will need…
-1 ounce fresh or dried flowers
-1 pint of boiling water

Add 1 ounce of fresh or dried feverfew flowers to 1 pint of boiling one. Steep for 10 minutes, and then strain. Drink half a cup twice a day as needed.

 

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has a long history in realm of natural remedies. It’s been used to relieve everything from scurvy to hay fever, and just about any other ailment that falls in between. Some modern day studies have proven it’s effectiveness in treating certain illnesses.

You will need…
1/4 cup of ACV
- Roughly 3 cups of boiling water
-1 cup of fresh cool water

Directions…
Pour ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar into a large bowl, and then fill the bowl halfway with boiling water. Place a towel over your head so that it drapes over the bowl, trapping the steam, and hold your face over it. Make sure your face isn’t so close that it gets burned by the steam. Do this for 5-10 minutes, or when the water starts to cool down, breathing in and out deeply the whole time. When you’re done, use the towel to pat your face dry, and go drink a glass of cool water.

EXERCISE:

Our lives are fast paced, busy, and filled with more than a little stress. Our overworked minds and bodies react to this by tensing and knotting up muscles, usually in the upper back, neck, and shoulders.

Yoga will get your mind focused, stretch out your muscles, and get you moving in ways that can help you drop the tension-and if you drop the tension, you can drop the tension-headache.

Breathe: You may think your breathing alright, but if your head is pounding you’re likely not getting the most out of the oxygen you take in. In general we take breaths that are too shallow, and when we are experiencing pain or stress, we definitely breathe to shallow. Make a conscious effort to take deep, full, breaths that start in your diaphragm and fill up your lungs.

Drop your shoulders: This is one I remind myself to do about 5 times a day. Make yourself aware of how you carry your shoulders. When you think of it, tell yourself to drop them down. You’d be surprised at how often we carry them hunched up too high, resulting in soreness and, of course, headaches.

NO MORE MSG:

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is added to food to enhance it’s flavour. It is derived from an amino acid, called glutamic acid, which occurs naturally in various foods. Many people who suffer headaches find that foods containing MSG triggers migraines or other types of headaches, possibly due to the fact that it excites our neurons. Make sure you read food labels to check if the product has MSG in it or not. Be extra cautious around Chinese food, processed meats, canned vegies, gravy/soup/dip mixes, and soy-based items.

 

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