There’s nothing worse than having a headache. Pain, in general, is always hard to bear, but a pain in the head is the worst! It’s hard to think when it’s your head that’s throbbing. Sometimes it’s hard to open your eyes let alone focus on anything.
Headaches can often be a part of a bigger problem especially if they run on the chronic or cyclical side. And if that’s the case I’d say go to your health practitioner, whoever that may be. Let them help you unravel the cause of your headaches and you’ll more likely get to a solution that more pleasing. In the meantime here are some remedies.
The first 6 remedies are ones you can easily do. Perhaps you’ve tried them, possibly you haven’t.
- Drink more water. Sometimes flushing out toxins by drinking more water is just what the doctor ordered. It’s amazing the symptoms we can get in our body when we aren’t hydrated.
- Move your body. I know when you have a headache the last thing you probably want to do is move. But for some people this may be the key to the solution. Like water flushes things through, movement does too. Perhaps it’s a easy walk in nature, or a gentle yoga class. It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous, the idea is just to keep things in motion.
- Hot or Cold Compresses. Try one, then try the other. We are ALL different. And each of us requires different things. Try one on your forehead. Try one on your occiput. Relief may be just around the corner.
- Peppermint Oil. Put it on your temples. This can be of great relief for many people. Just remember to take your remedy before you put on the oil. (Remedies are coming next.)
- Go to your happy place. Sit down and listen to some soothing music as you visualize yourself in a calm relaxing place. It could be in the woods feeling the cool breeze and smelling the delicious odor of the trees, or it could be by a beach inhaling salt water smells and listening to the seagulls. Wherever it is enjoy it, and soon your headache may be swept away with the tide.
- Change your diet. It’s amazing how many food sensitivities that are out there that you may not even be aware of. Start paying attention, or go to a practitioner and be tested. What you may be eating could be the culprit for your head pain.
In addition to these first 6 ideas, let’s look at some homeopathic remedies to try. Homeopathic remedies can be amazing fixes for head pain.You just need to have enough of the symptoms indicated of the remedy for it to work. Here are 6 possibilities and some main indicators for their use.(And remember remedies are really just energy, so they can’t hurt if you choose wrong. But don’t keep taking a remedy that’s not working, and allow yourself to take 3 doses before you decide).
- Belladonna: Head pain is throbbing and intense. Sensitivity to light, noise, jarring are what we might call keynotes of the remedy. Often you don’t want to lie down, but would actually rather sit straight up. Flushed faces, dilated pupils also can indicate this remedy. Belladonna headaches can often be worse in the afternoon.
- Nux Vomica: This headache is often following a bout of overindulgence, whether food or alcohol, or burning the candle at both ends. It’s an extreme headache and can often be felt over one or the other eye or in the occiput. Stooping, coughing or motion in general (even movement of the eyes) can make things worse. And mornings are definitely not welcome!
- Gelsemium: Eye strain is a big cause for the need of this remedy. Occipital, dull, dragging head pain, that can extend up and over into the eyes are some of the sensations that could be felt. Sometimes it’s like a band around the head.These can be caused by nervousness, and sometimes includes dizziness. Sleep helps these kinds of headaches.
- Cocculus: Motion sickness headaches or headaches caused by long nights of caring for sick loved ones or children can often be relieved by this remedy. Do you also have nausea? Then this remedy may be the one for you. Occipital, extending to nape of neck or left sided, and with a tendency to stretch the neck back in an effort to obtain relief. These headaches are better indoors and with rest. They are worse with mental effort.
- Cimicifuga: Got a hormonal headache? Feel like you might go crazy? Try this remedy. It also can have occipital head pain that shoots down the spine. Relief can be felt stretching the head forward. Maybe you are a student, maybe exhausted with fatigue. Does it feel like the top of your head might fly off? These are some of the indicators for this remedy.
- Natrum Muriaticum:This headache feels like little hammers inside your skull, worse moving, even your eyeballs. It can come on in the morning, particularly around 10am. Before the headache there might be some partial blurring of vision. It can be used well for headaches in school aged girls during their menstrual cycle. And it’s often felt around the ears up into the sides of head, or down into the neck. Urination often alleviates the pain.
So there you have it, 12 potential remedies to help with your next headache! Keep in mind that you might need help choosing a more appropriate remedy for you . . . and it’s okay to ask. I am around, or you can talk to another alternative health practitioner in your area.