Vital Force Health Tip #16: Natural Headache Treatments

If you wake up with a headache, or get one in the middle of the day, it could be a result of stress, tight muscles or restless sleep.

Often the location of this headache will be the sides of your head or the back of your head/neck.

If you are at home, try these tips before reaching for drugs:

1) Hot Foot Bath

– sit on the side of your bathtub with your feet inside

– fill the bath with comfortably hot water just past your ankles

– add 1/2 cup Epsom salts

– add a few drops of lavender essential oil

– place an icepack with a cloth wrapped around it on the back of your neck

– close your eyes and take slow deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth

– relax for 10-15 minutes

– refill the bath water to keep comfortably hot

– the hot water will stimulate circulation away from your head to relieve throbbing

2) Massage

– in a small bottle add a few ounces of olive oil and a few drops of peppermint essential oil
– apply a small amount to your fingertips and massage your temples, behind your ears and the back of your head/neck
–   use small circular movements and be careful to avoid your eyes
–   apply slight pressure with your fingertips to your scalp and rub all over

– breathe with slow, deep breaths

3) Deep Breathing

– lie down on your bed or sofa with your spine straight, with the blinds/curtains closed so it is comfortably dark

– close your eyes and relax your body

– focus your attention on your breathing

– take slow, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth

– when you inhale, you should see and feel your lower abdomen rising, rather than your chest

– this is a very effective method of breathing to reduce pain, help you fall asleep, and decrease anxiety or anger.

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