Natural Herbal Remedies for Headaches
Posted On July 12, 2008
There are thousands of people throughout Australia who each day suffer from headaches or migraines. With so many healing methods presented by Western medicine you would think herbs would have been ruled out as a valid treatment, but they have not. Headaches may be one of the most common ailment people are experiencing but it is still one that many people have yet to find the perfect treatment for.
- Statistics show that nearly 15% of Australians were taking headache medications on a regular basis according to the Census of 1995.
- This Census showed headaches to be the most commonly reported personal illness.
- It was found that people aged between 24-44 most commonly suffered headaches and even worse, migraines.
- 2.2 million People have reported to suffer from headaches from time to time and that 22,000 people reported having headaches on a regular basis and for long periods of time.
- In some cases, long-term use of typical commercial headache relievers (paracetamol, ibuprofen, even aspirin )can make your headaches more frequent, more severe or both.
These are the people who are turning from prescribed medications to the herbal remedial healing methods that are centuries old.
If you suffer from recurring headaches, it is important that you see your doctor. Recurring headaches can be symptoms or indications of serious disorders such as tumours, meningitis, blood poisoning or infection in or near the brain.
Most headaches are tension headaches. Tension headaches are triggered by stress, illness, bright lights, food sensitivities or even changes in the weather. This type of headache might benefit from relaxation techniques, gentle massage of the back of the neck and sedative herbs. In fact, a good way to deal with most headaches is to reduce the stress in your life. One very successful and popular form of herbal remedy is aromatherapy. Many people find the scents and aromas so incredibly relaxing that their headache slowly disappears. By taking advantage of aromatherapy on a daily basis you will find a slow decrease in headache and perhaps even longer intervals between them.
Essential oils of peppermint and eucalyptus relaxed both mind and muscles. Try diluting a few drops in alcohol sponged on the forehead. Lavender has been used for over 200 years to relieve muscle spasms, nervousness and headaches. Try any of these herbs—peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender— to make a compress to place on your forehead whenever a headache strikes. Most people respond well to a cold compress, but its not unusual to find relief with a warm or hot compress, or alternating cold and hot compresses. Whatever works for the individual is the way to go. If you do not have a compress handy, just try a small drop of lavender, eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil on each temple.
Migraines and cluster headaches are examples of circulation or vascular headaches where the blood vessels are constricted. These types of headaches are helped by taking herbs that promote relaxation, along with those that dilate blood vessels in the head.
Try herbal teas to ease headaches – Ginger, Chamomile, Lemon Balm & Linden. Linden in particular has been used in Europe for centuries and is still popular today.
For migraines take any of the following regularly over time to reduce the occurrence & severity of migraines.
Feverfew – the fresh leaves of feverfew are more potent than the dried, so when you buy a tincture or freeze-dried capsule, make sure that the product was made with fresh leaves (this should be clearly marked on the label).
Gingko Biloba, which is also the remedy of choice to treat dizziness and tinnitus.
Ginger- use as tea or in cooking.
These methods are inexpensive, effective and most importantly they are natural. There are many herbal remedies you can try from your very own home and if you are not comfortable with this, there are dozens of herbal specialists throughout Australia who are more than qualified to assist you in your pain prevention needs.