Monday, November 2, 2009

Headaches - Natural Remedies

I have a book of Grandma's natural solutions to everyday problems. I don't guarantee that they'll work and suggest that you check with your doctor before you try any of them.

Most headaches are caused by stress, eye problems, sinus problems, high fevers, allergies and sometimes poor alignment of cervical vertibrae may contribute.

A number of herbs made into teas can be used effectively to reduce a headache's severity or totally relieve it. The include goldenseal, hyssop, lobelia, mint and burdock root.

30-minute migraine solution:

Peel several bananas. Put the fruit aside and make a poultice of the skins. Place the poultice on your forehead and back of your neck. When your headache disappears, make banana bread!!

Several ideas for Aching Forehead:

Tie a bandanna around your forehead. Slice a potato and stick it under the bandanna tied tightly around your forhead. The combination of moisture and pressure eases the pain.

Rub your forehead and temples with a lemon peel, with the rind against your skin. You can leave it in place by tying a bandanna around your head to hold it.

I like to rub essential peppermint oil on my temples and down the center of my forehead. Make sure to keep it away from your eyes. Wash your hands so you don't take a chance of rubbing your eyes with peppermint oil on them!

This doesn't sound very appetizing, but here goes. Mix one teaspoon of honey and a half teaspoon of garlic juice.

or

Grate some fresh horseradish and make a poultice out of it. Apply to the back of the neck to relieve headache pain.

or

Chinese healers prescribe acupressure to relieve headache pain. Take turns rubbing the second joint of each thumb, first the right, and then the left, for two minutes each. Repeat five times on each thumb. If you use your favorite scented lotion, you can imagine you're getting a hand massage from your manicurist!

or

Rub the roof of your mouth with your thumb and you can interfere with the nerves' ability to carry pain signals. Press into a certain spot for five minutes and then move to another place on the roof of your mouth. You might feel relief almost immediately!

Alternatives to aspirin:

Almonds contain the same active ingredient, so try eating a couple dozen almonds in place of aspirin. It man not work as fast, but it tastes good!

Strawberries also contain a compound that is similar to the active ingredient as aspirin. Try eating some strawberries instead!

I hope these helps!

Next blog: Migraines - Ugh!



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