HEALTH & FITNESS
Pounding temples, throbbing skull... you feel like a freight train just crashed into your head and there's no escape from the rummage.
Often this will stop you in your tracks. Stress, poor diet, dehydration, allergies- there could be any number of factors causing a massive headache. However, we may take a pill to ease the symptoms because we are unable to solve the root of the problem. Headaches are a signal that we either need to change something or add something to our body that we are missing.
Migraines are a debilitating condition that can put you down for the count. They are no joke and can affect every aspect of your life from work to home and everything in between. More than just a headache, nausea, vomiting, and blurred vision can all occur under the spell of a migraine.
Migraines are often a repetitive condition that come back to haunt you. You may turn to popping aspirin or other medications, but this is not a long-term solution.
So what can you do? Here are some natural, drug-free, alternatives to coping with out-of-this-world headaches.
The first line of action when you feel a migraine coming on is to make sure you are drinking enough water. Drink a big glass of water immediately. If you do not do so already, incorporate drinking water immediately when you wake up in the morning. This way, you are hydrating right away and creating a habit of drinking water. Also, make sure to eat plenty of water-containing fruits and vegetables throughout the day!
Essential oils such as lavender and peppermint can help reduce tension from a migraine. Most commonly inhaled or rubbed into the temples, the scent of these oils is what provides headache relief. While peppermint is cooling, lavender has a soothing smell that calms the mind.
Magnesium is a supplement you can take to reduce the severity of pain from your migraine. It is an essential nutrient in our diet, and if yours is lacking, headaches can be more common. Magnesium helps to block the chemicals which produce the pain response in the brain, so it can be quite an effective, yet unassuming remedy. It is recommended to take between 200-600 mg of magnesium daily. If you are unable to get this much from your diet, try a supplement instead.
Taking a hot soak in Epsom salts is one of the best stress and pain relievers out there! The hot water is soothing and relaxing, while the Epsom salts work to draw toxins out of the body. It is best to only soak for up to 20 minutes at a time because the benefits stop at that point.
Even if you don't feel like it, a little gentle movement in the neck, shoulders, and upper spine can feel miraculous when you're done. Sitting still for too long causes the body to seize up. Try stretching the head down and to either side to work out the neck as well as simply looking over one shoulder and the other to feel a twist through the upper back. If any of your migraines are causing muscular tension, these gentle stretches are sure to soothe me out.