Do your body a favor the next time you have a headache, leave the Tylenol on the shelf and seek out a more natural remedy in the form of aromatherapy. Studies have indicated that our bodies can respond favorably to certain aromas that are pleasing to our sense of smell.
Physical, psychological and environmental factors all play a role in headache pain, and we do have some control over them. There are obvious things you can do to help manage the sunset of headaches like exercise, eat right, drink plenty of water and get adequate rest to name a just a few. These measures, along with relaxation techniques and aromatherapy can help you safely reduce the occurrence of, and in some cases even prevent a headache.
Many researchers believe that a tension head can result when the head, neck or facial muscles contract but do not relax. Keeping your muscles contracted can lead to reduced blood supply in these areas. As a result, the pain you experience like a squeezing, aching pressure at the temples, across the upper forehead, or in the back of the neck can cause extreme discomfort that will likely send you running to the medicine cabinet for relief.
The truth is there are several underlying factors that contribute to tension headaches. The most common include, physical, psychological and environmental. So what is the first step to reducing the pain is to recognize the triggers that bring on your headaches.
Many people do not give their posture much thought, however, slouching can force the body out of alignment. When the head is too far forward it causes extra pressure on the neck muscles which tend to contract in order to hold the head up in an improper position. One move to correct your post is to sit up straight with your feet flat on the ground. Keep your shoulders back and the head directly over your body rather than too far forward or back. It sounds simple but it can take some practice and awareness to get it right.
The exact cause of headaches and migraines are not yet fully understood by doctors, however there are certain factors that can contribute to a headache. These include, stress, lack of sleep or fatigue, hormonal changes, hunger and / or changes in barometric pressure or altitude. In addition to these factors, certain foods can also contribute such as: Alcohol, specifically red wine, chocolate, food additives such as nitrates, nitrites or MSG and caffeine
Not everyone will react in the same way to these triggers, however, it will be helpful to decide which ones are triggers for you.
Using aromatherapy and relaxation techniques will not only help relieve stress, but taking a break can give your mind time to refuel a bit. Here are some choices for you to consider when trying out an aromatherapy solution for your headaches.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil is said to help ease headaches, usually those associated with sinuses.
Lavender Essential Oil is associated with anti-inflammatory as well as sedative properties. Try Lavender Oil in the evening to reduce a headache.
Peppermint Essential Oil contains menthol. Menthol is known to help relax and ease tension headaches. However, one caution to note is that Peppermint Oil can be quite stimulating and therefore interfere with sleep, especially when used in the evening time.
You owe it to yourself to see how these Essential Oils can work for you to help improve your health and relax you mind the natural way.