By Hannah DeLadurantey
Headaches plague many people. They can be debilitating, dull, or extremely painful. In short, headaches are no fun. Headaches can inhibit us from being as successful as we could be. I am blest to not have many headaches, but when I do get them I've found that it's due to not getting enough sleep, being dehydrated, or stressed. I've compiled a few remedies that have helped me and my family over the years; I hope they can help you too!
" Headaches are a reminder of our dependance on God and our frailty as humans."
Did you know?
The Hebrew word for Head is רֹאשׁ ( Rosh )
The Greek word for Head is κεφαλή ( kephalē )
The Arabic word for Head is رأس ( ra’as )
Primary Causes and Effects of Headaches
Swelling blood vessels around your brain are what cause your head to ache. Your brain's nerves pick up signals, which is what causes the pain in your head. Pain in your head is a signal that something in your body is not right. Your "headache" is a secondary cause, so to really relieve a headache you need to find the primary cause. Your brain does not actually "feel" pain, but it does react to pain in other areas of your body by causing your head to hurt.
Tension and Stress in your body can cause headaches. Many times a headache is referred pain and isn't really coming from the head. Shoulder tension can often cause headaches. When you're stressed it may cause tension in other areas of your body, which in turn can result in a headache. So if you're having a stress headache, see the below on massage.
Remembering that there are no headaches in heaven may help relieve some of that stress induced headache :)
Hormone fluctuation can cause headaches. This may be due to having underlying health/hormonal imbalances that you may want to consult a doctor about.
Hydration is vital in staving off headaches. Be sure that you are drinking pure, filtered water throughout the day. When you body is dehydrated, it will let you know- a headache is sometimes your body's emergency signal that you're in need of a little H2O.
Lack of Exercise can sometimes cause headaches, because the brain is not receiving the amount of oxygen it needs. Be sure to do some deep breathing throughout the day. Sometimes I get so busy or intense while I'm doing something that I forget to really "breathe".
Sleep....we need our rest if we want to function in tip top shape. Some of us don't have a problem sleeping, while others of us think sleeping is for the dead and a waste of time. Obviously there needs to be a balance here ( God created us to need sleep ); sleep is good, but only as much as we need to function well. 8 hours of snoozing should be sufficient for most people. You may not realize it, but your body also needs sleep to make repairs. When you sleep, your body is hard at work repairing and rejuvenating your body for tomorrow's busy schedule.
Hunger can produce a headache. Try to keep your blood sugar even. Keep some nuts and fruit nearby if your are prone to hunger/low blood sugar headaches.
Sinus drainage can produce headaches. This is why when you have a cold, many times it can be accompanied by a headache. Try a steam and or massage below as well as some tea.
Treating Your Headache
Caffeine helps to constrict blood flow to the brain. Sometimes a large amount of blood flow to the brain causes headaches ( this is why not getting your morning cup of joe can give you a banger headache ). Try drinking a cup of coffee next time you feel a headache coming on, it may help you.
Did you know that Excedrin's main ingredient is caffeine?
Herbs rich in anti inflammatory properties such as: White Willow Bark, Feverfew, Peppermint, Skullcap and Ginger can help with headaches.
Try drinking a cup of Ginger or Peppermint tea with a little honey. White Willow Bark has many of the same properties as Asprin, try using this in a capsule form.
Steam it away- try a warm steam with essential oils of lavender and chamomile.
Ice and Heat Icing your neck and forehead can sometimes relieve a headache. But sometimes heat can be helpful as well.
Exercise brings oxygen to the brain, which in turn can help cure as well as prevent headaches. Sometimes headaches can be triggered when the brain is not receiving enough oxygen; exercise fixes this. Cardio is especially good since it brings your heart rate up, causing more blood circulation.
I find that going for a brisk walk or run helps with headaches.
Massage can help abate headaches by relieving pressure on muscles that may be causing the headache. Many times a headache is referred pain and isn't really coming from the head. Shoulder tension can often cause headaches. Try having a family member/friend massage your shoulders; trapezius/sternocliedomastoid and occipital muscles.
In a cool dark room, try the below massage oil for your next headache.
Headache Massage Oil
Opt. Carrier Oil (almond, olive or jojoba)
Essential Oils of: Wintergreen/Peppermint, MGrain from Young Living and Frankincense. You can use only one of these oils, but we've found that this combination is very powerful.
Put 1 tsp. of oil in a small bowl and then add 3 drops each of 2 essential oils. Dip your fingers in the oils and slowly massage in circular motion around the hair line and into the neck. Concentrating on the temples. Repeat and then cup your hands around your mouth and breath. Close your eyes.
Want to know more about relieving pain with massage? Purchase this book: The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook : Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain- it's well worth it!
*Visit this link to find out what foods are good for headache prevention and treatment!
*Note that I do not necessarily agree with everything on the sites I've linked in this post.
Warning: Headaches can be a sign of serious medical urgency and may need to be treated and discussed with a doctor.