Could you be dehydrated? If you feel a headache coming, hydrate with a large glass of cooled (tepid ) boiled water. Adding a little pinch of Himalayan pink crystal salt or a splash of coconut water to the glass can help replenish essential minerals. Caffeinated drinks like coffee, black tea, energy drinks and cola can be diuretic, causing the body to lose even more water so best to avoid these as much as possible.
Peppermint and rosemary essential oils can be effective for certain types of headaches, try sniffing or using a couple of drops in the shower for a lovely therapeutic steam. A drop of lavender in jojoba oil massaged gently into the neck and back is great for stress-induced tension headache.
Sometimes a headache is the result of being over-tired. Avoid alcohol, screens and large meals in the couple of hours before bed, to increase your chances of a restful night’s sleep.
Headaches can be a symptom of other health problems. If you have severe or persistent pain, see a suitably qualified health professional. It is possible something in your diet or lifestyle is causing a problem. Some common triggers include certain foods, additives and hormonal fluctuations. A naturopathic nutritional therapist can help you identify possible causes and how to address them.
Naturopath, Gemma Hurditch is a CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine ) Lecturer. CNM trains successful natural therapy practitioners, in class and online. Surveys show that over 80% of CNM graduates are practising.
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