In the ever stressful world that we live in, headaches are the commonest problems associated with feelings of distress and anxiety. Money worries, highly-strung jobs, using technology gadgets on a regular basis and even eating certain foods can all contribute in creating tension in our heads.
Medical professionals have identified a few major categories of headaches. ‘Tension headaches‘ appear to be caused by muscle contractions in the temples, head and neck and are distinguished by a dull, steady pressure.
‘Migraines‘ are associated with the constriction and dilation of blood vessels in the brain and is characterized by throbbing and excruciating pain, followed by sensitivity to light or sound and nausea.
‘Cluster headaches‘ are headaches that occur intermittently in groups or ‘clusters’ and accompanied by periods of respite. They can appear suddenly and can identified by an agonizing pain on one side of the head – the eyes become red and watery and the nose becomes blocked or runny on the same side.
Most will resort to a quick ‘fix’ by using over-the-counter painkillers like aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen. However, these synthetic, chemically-charged drugs will do you more harm than good in the long run – and if you suffer from bouts of migraines on a regular basis like myself, then taking these drugs each time headaches occur can result in your liver being damaged. Continual use of painkillers can cause ‘rebound headaches‘ that start as the dose begins to subside.
Known as “manna for migraines and allergies”, it has recently been hailed as a ‘cure’ and preventer for migraines. Although still used in the past to externally treat headaches, latest scientific studies have discovered several new healing components that has had the ability to internally aid and reduce the intensity and frequency of aches and pains in the head. Feverfew has anti-inflammatory properties and can help relax the cerebral blood vessels.
Known as the “herb of harmony”, the aroma from this plant has been highly treasured for its use in calming the central nervous system and promoting a sense of tranquility. It is commonly used to ease anxiety, tension, headaches and dizziness due its anti-spasmodic actions. Even the first Queen Elizabeth of England drank Lavender tea for her headaches!
Known as the “dew of the sea”, it has anti-spasmodic and anti-depressant properties that can help relax your nervous system, thus easing anxiety, depression and headaches. Rosemary has been highly regarded as an ‘all round’ stimulant in uplifting and energizing the soul and can be beneficial for depression stemming from psychological tension or feelings of being ‘run down’ after an illness.
Known as the “herb of sanctity”, it can bring relief to tension, poor circulation to the brain and a stagnant liver – which are all linked to headaches. This is due to its mild sedative actions, its circulatory stimulant properties to the brain and being a liver cleanser. It is also good for those who suffer from nervous jitters and is considered one of the best remedies for headaches and hangovers! In old England, Wood Betony was taken as powdered snuff for headaches.
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