Oh, the dreaded headache!
Over the years, I have struggled with headaches. I do not understand why some people are more prone to headaches than others but I am one that struggles with headaches frequently. Over the years, I have learned the onset of a headache can be caused by a number of different things; including not drinking enough fluids, being over-tired, allergies (sinus-related) or something hormonal. Because of the side-effects of long-term use, I do not like to pop a pill every time I have a headache. Instead, I want to share with you a few tips and tricks I use to relieve a headache without drugs.
The first thing I try to do is to prevent the headaches from happening in the first place. Especially in the summer months, when it is warmer (or hot and humid like it is right now), I make sure I get plenty of fluids. The best way to stay hydrated is to drink small amounts throughout the day instead of drinking larger quantities in a short period of time. The second thing I try to do is get plenty of good sleep (click here to see my post on an all-natural sleep aid).
If my preventative measures do not work, the first thing I reach for are my Essential Oils (EO). Some EOs work better than others; depending on the cause of the headache. My go-to oil is the “Deep Relief” from Young Living. This EO will typically kick the headache pretty quickly. If the headache does not let up, I will try “Lavender” or “Peppermint” oil. I also use some pressure points on the inside of my eyebrows; right next to my eyes. I push up and put pressure on my head for about 30 to 45 seconds and then release. Sometimes a cool cloth on the back of my neck will help. Diffusing Peppermint or Lavender oil can help as well.
Remember, not every person is the same and what works for one person may not work for another. For example, if you choose the OTC medication route, some people prefer Advil over Aleve while others prefer Aspirin. Every person is different when it comes to EOs as well. Some people only need to apply EOs once and it does wonders while others have to apply EOs more than once to achieve the same result. Some people love “Deep Relief” while others prefer “Lavender”. All bodies are unique so experiment and find out what works best for you. Trust me, there are other options to reaching for the bottle of pain reliever every time your head starts to hurt!
Do you have a headache remedy that works for you? Tell us about it in the comments!