I would like to discuss the subject of headaches this month, as this time of year can bring on headaches more than any other season due to the blossoming of different pollens and fluctuations in weather patterns. We will explore some of the causes and some information on holistic cures for every day headaches to more severe migraines. Throughout the medical profession, headaches have remained an elusive subject to diagnose and treat due to the broad array of variables that cause them. I have always thought of headaches as simply a signal from our bodies, beckoning our attention that something is off balance in our homeostasis.
The following are some causes of acute headaches that come on suddenly and for more obvious reasons and are often easier to treat.
You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water every day. For example if you weigh 150 you want to drink 75 ounces of water a day for optimal hydration to prevent dehydration headaches.
Wear hearing protection in jobs or concert situations that have high decibel levels is crucial to prevent these types of headaches and protect your valuable hearing. Visit this link for helpful chart.
Florescent lighting is hard on the eyes for anyone but some people are more sensitive to it than others, either switch your light bulbs or if you are in a work situation where you cannot control the lighting you may buy colored glasses that can help. Visit this link for a great article about this.
Since we can’t control the weather but we can control our indoor environment, consider investing in a humidifier or dehumidifier depending on weather or even an ionizer for your house which helps with depression as well, especially because it is where you sleep for 8 hours a night.
Strong irritating smells such as second hand tobacco smoke, perfume or chemical.
Obviously we can’t control others around us beyond politely asking them not to wear such fragrances in shared environments but there are many products even you yourself might be wearing or using topically that have too harsh of chemicals that are the cause of your headaches, try purchasing natural cosmetics and hygiene products. You should pay attention to what chemicals you are putting on your skin/body as it absorbs into your system and can result in many minor irritations such as headaches. Certain cleaning products can be very irritating too, try using more natural things around your home to clean such as pure castile soap, baking soda, vinegar and essential oils. One brand I really like is Meyer Clean Day. You can find Meyer products at Target or online.
Trauma to Head (Bumping or Falling)
Ouch! Definitely ice the area afterwards and see a doctor immediately if you have blurred vision, one pupil of the eye larger than the other, throwing up or any suspicion of a concussion even minor.
For us gals out there sometimes the only thing that will do the job is regular pain relievers. However if you want to go a more natural route try taking turmeric and a bit of green tea or coffee for the caffeine to relieve menstrual headaches. Many women probably don’t know that taking a magnesium supplement (450 mg. a day) can also ease painful menstrual headaches and cramps as well as drinking certain natural PMS teas. Yogi Tea women’s Moon Cycle and Traditional Medicines PMS Tea are both great products that bring a lot of relief of PMS symptoms through herbal blends that you can drink immediately and often during symptoms.
Common Cold, Infection, or Fever
Keep mucus moving, many headaches from being sick are exacerbated by being stuffed up. Some natural ways to thin and clear mucus are eating daikon radish, taking apple cider vinegar and even horseradish root with your food during illness. The cayenne and ginger suggestion at the top of this chart is also excellent when you are sick. Eat a bunch of garlic and tons of water too!
Allergies and Sinusitis (Inflammation of the Sinus Cavity)
I have an excellent comprehensive article within my blog specifically about naturally treating allergies and sinus problems because this is such a big subject but for a quick suggestion I highly recommend Cedar Free Allergy and Sinus Support made by Wishgarden and Nature’s Life Probiotic Sinus Ease. The Wishgarden tincture is amazing for Wyoming and Colorado area because where nature gives you a problem it usually gives you the solution as well therefore the herbs in this blend are specifically from and for addressing pollens and irritants native to our geographic area. In fact the Yerba Mansa in this blend only grows in the Rocky Mountains and is the best herb I have ever found to relieve sinus/allergy issues. This same principle in nature is why taking raw local honey or honey pollen granules can relieve allergy symptoms. Indoors you may want to invest in an air purifying machine to filter potential indoor irritants, keep your house clean of dust and if your pillows are more than two years old you should buy new ones, especially if you around pets.
More serious or chronic reoccurring headaches or migraines that are sometimes more difficult to alleviate can often occur from:
Muscle strain from poor posture or overuse
make an appointment today for immediate and lasting relief! Many chronic headaches are caused by general muscular tension in the head and neck; trigger points in the neck and head can be treated and eliminated with regular massage therapy. Even though many medical professionals still do not understand the cause of headaches as an exact science in my professional opinion I think between %40-%50 of headaches are caused by trigger points in the muscles of the head, neck and upper shoulders and can be alleviated immediately through massage. There is also something called a still point rest you can buy on amazon that presses on specific points in the sub-occipital (back of the head) muscles to alleviate tension at home and is an excellent way to get a more restful night’s sleep too.Come see me,
Ongoing emotional stress, tension or depression
Acupuncture, Massage, Yoga, Walking and counseling are such good medicine for managing your stress. Never underestimate the power of your emotions to affect your physical health and take your stress management and emotional health seriously in regard to things like headaches, it is your body’s way of telling you, you are doing or taking on too much than what is healthy!!!!
Skipping meals causing fluctuations in blood sugar
If you ignore eating on a regular basis not only does it affect your metabolism and can ultimately lead to hypoglycemia and diabetes problems in the future but drops or spikes in your blood sugar can bring on massive headaches!!! Make sure you have high protein snacks like peanut butter crackers, nuts or a piece of cheese/yoghurt in your purse, office, car or whenever you are going out the door so that you never have to wait too long to eat something.
Changing sleep patterns
Try and keep your bedtime consistent if you can and get the recommended amount of sleep for your age and activity level, losing sleep can bring on massive migraines as your body has not had a chance to repair itself properly at night if not rested. Here is link to a chart of recommended amounts of sleep.
Excessive medication usage
One very dangerous and important factor with all the pharmaceuticals prescribed now days is that you may be taking too many prescriptions at once for your body or your prescriptions are interacting with each other in a bad way and headaches caused by this are your bodies way of telling you that something is not healthy. I have seen many doctors overprescribe medications without checking to see if they are interacting negatively with each other. If you are on many medications you may consider this and talk with your doctor about it.
Eye strain from excessive electronic usage
A simple eye exercise (just like stretching) can be done throughout the day as many times as you would like to alleviate headaches caused from eye strain. Try not to read in dark lighting and when using a computer for many long periods stop and move your eyes side to side, then up and down, and then roll them around- this will exercise your eye muscles and get them moving in a different way to take the tension off that causes eye strain headaches.
In more rare cases a symptom of a more serious medical condition that requires extensive testing or diagnostics
If you have debilitating pain that is constant and/or have tried many of the usual cures and still do not experience relief, in some rare cases migraines and constant headaches can be your bodies sign of something more serious that you need to address with a doctor.
Whatever your level of discomfort or frequency of headaches you shouldn't have to live in pain. Try and explore some of these suggestions to see what might be the specific cause of your headaches and remember popping as many over the counter or prescription pain killers as possible will only mask the problem and is terribly hard on your organs and body systems, be kind to yourself and get to the root of the problem. Live holistically!
This article is for informational purposes only. The information provided here is based on my own study of holistic healing and is my opinion and experience only, I never diagnose any medical condition and any suggestions you take from this article are at your own liability and good judgment.