11 Natural Tension Headache Remedies
Tension headaches are not only painful but diminish ones enjoyment of life and ability to function at normal and optimal levels. Many turn to pharmaceuticals for relief, but these often come with side effects. Below you will find numerous non-pharmaceutical alternatives to consider.
Tension headaches can be triggered by numerous things, so having only one tension headache treatment option is not enough.
The following list will give you causes and a variety of effective alternative treatments to consider for your tension headache symptoms:
Common Causes of Headaches and Possible Tension Headache Remedies
- Tree nuts
When a person is gluten sensitive, eating foods containing gluten can lead to a headache. Eliminate gluten for 3 weeks, then slowly introduce foods containing gluten. Pay attention as to how your body responds and will find out how much of a food group you can eat without triggering symptoms, and what to avoid.
It’s important to read labels, as many of the above foods are often listed as ingredients. Another frustrating issue, though a food is not listed as an ingredient, the product can be manufactured or processed in a plant and come in contact with a gluten or allergy food. These are sometimes listed on labels.
Magnesium deficiency can be connected to headaches, particularly migraines because it can have an affect on blood vessels, nerve and muscle function.
Taking 200-600 mg of magnesium a day has been reported to reduce the frequency of headache attacks. The most frequent side effect of magnesium is diarrhea. If that happens, lower dosage.
Dietary sources of magnesium include beans, whole grains, seeds, nuts, leafy greens, vegetables like broccoli, and yes, even chocolate. If considering a magnesium supplement, you may want to try Calm.
- B Vitamins
Many B vitamins are involved in the formation of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which may be deficient in people who suffer from migraines. Being deficient in B vitamins can decrease energy, affect the adrenals, lead to foggy thinking, and headache symptoms. Studies indicate that vitamin B2 may reduce the frequency and duration of migraines, and vitamin B3 calms vascular headaches by opening up blood vessels to increase blood flow.
When stressed the body can deplete B vitamins rather quickly. In today’s high paced, high tech world, people seemed to be more stressed than ever before. Supplementation of a B-vitamin complex can be beneficial, but many of the B vitamins available are synthetic in nature. Supplementing with a natural B vitamin complex is safer and can benefit beyond headache relief. I personally use and recommend an all natural B complex – you can find it in my Amazon Store link, under supplement category – Innate Response B Complex.
Vitamin or Mineral Toxicity
I believe that wise supplementation of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics and omega 3 can be very beneficial. BUT, just purchasing what’s ever on the shelf of your local health food store, memberships warehouses, etc, is not a wise. The supplement market is not regulated. It has been proven that many ingredients that are listed on labels are not actually found in the product. Plus many include super dosages, are sub standard in quality, contain binders and fillers, synthetic, and/or lack potency. In other words, many are a total waste of money, and can cause damage and toxicity.
Skeletal Structural Issues (alignment issues)
Head, neck, or spinal injury can be a cause of ongoing headaches, as well as muscle strains or mis-alignments of the neck and spine. Chiropractic adjustments or spinal manipulation helps to alleviate the stress of your system. Studies suggest that chiropractic manipulation reduces tension and migraine headaches.
Pharmaceutical Side Effects
The side effects of pharmaceuticals have taken a large toll on the quality of a person’s life, from causing death to numerous complications and symptoms, including headaches.
There are many natural alternatives. My advice is to get educated and take more responsibility for your own health, so that health becomes a way of life, and the need for remedies is lessened.
Chemical and waste toxicity is quite common due to our exposure through the food we consume to the personal care and household cleaning products we use. Eating clean (organic food) and healthy foods, and using health alternative products in the area of personal care and cleaning items can drastically make a huge difference in one’s lifestyle and exposure rate.
For example, there are countless essential oil products and do it yourself home remedies that can easily be made. There are also healthy and organic personal and skin care products available. Contact Me and tell me what you are looking for and I will try to assist you in locating it.
Hormonal imbalances can be caused by numerous issues: stress, poor diet, lack of specific nutrients, negativity, body changes, etc. A major needle mover that will greatly help in balancing hormones is balancing blood sugar, reducing inflammation, and healing a sick gut … these also have a direct affect on thyroid function.
It may be wise to seek a doctor’s opinion. Many women are prescribed supplemental hormones – there are good ones and bad ones. Working with a doctor who understands more natural means, may suggest bio-identical hormone supplementation.
We are 70% water, thus drinking water throughout the day is vital for health. Dehydration can lead to headaches, foggy thinking, and fatigue. Plus, the dehydrating effects of coffee, sugary drinks and alcohol often leave a person with a throbbing headache. Drinking water is a simple solution.
Eating a plant based diet, high in fresh fruits and veggies provides hydration due to their high water content.: Here are a few examples high water content foods: cucumber, celery, cabbage, zucchini, eggplant, spinach, watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and oranges.
Too much sitting in one position can lead to body tension and create headache symptoms. Spending hours bent or hunched over a computer has become a way of life for many of us. It’s extremely important to take a break every 20 or at least 30 minutes – get up, stretch, move, go to the restroom or get a drink of water.
Regular exercise helps to detoxify toxins, moves the lymphatic system, and increases oxygen to different parts of the body and releases endorphins.
Exercise helps to relieve tension and pressure, thus is another preventive method of reducing tension headaches. One of my favorite exercises that moves, strengthens, and builds up every cell in the body is Cellercising.
It’s one of the best exercises for stimulating the lymphatic system. And best of all, you can accomplish results in short periods of time. Read more and view videos of this amazing exercise: Cellercising
PS – it’s a wonderful exercise for those computer breaks throughout the day. Take a 2-3 minutes and bounce, then back to the computer.
When is comes to maximizing circulatory health, read Cardio, Energy, Sleep, and Mental Acuity
1. Peppermint & Lavender Essential Oil to Relieve Stress
Therapeutic grade essential oil of peppermint helps improve circulation, relaxes tense muscles, and supports gut issues. All of these conditions have been connected to tension headaches/migraines. Peppermint oil stimulates a significant increase in skin blood flow of the forehead, and it soothes muscle contractions.
Apply oil to the forehead, temples and back of neck.
The calming and numbing effects of both peppermint and lavender oils make them perfect tools for relieving headache symptoms.
Lavender oil is commonly used as a mood stabilizer and sedative. Research has shown that the use of lavender oil is a safe and effective treatment of migraine headaches.
Any time an oil seems to be too strong, it can be diluted by mixing it with an oil, such as coconut oil.
To learn more about Therapeutic grade essential oils or would like to know where I personally purchase the ones I use, at wholesale pricing, Contact Me.
2. Detox Bath to Reduce Stress and Tension
A relaxing and detoxifying bath can help prevent and relieve tension headaches, and help calm adrenal fatigue.
Make the water as hot as you can tolerate it. as you sit in the water toxins will be released.
But why just settle for hot water when you can add a few ingredients to the water and increase the relaxing and detoxifying benefits.
With the use of essential oils and Epsom salt or baking soda you can come up with a variety of combinations.
Adding a cup of baking soda to hot bath water kills bacteria, leaves skin feeling clean and smooth. Epsom salt will help detoxify and provides magnesium for greater relaxation. Read Natural Adrenal Fatigue Remedy for which essential oils to use.
3. How to Relieve Computer Eye and Neck Tension
Here is an easy exercise a chiropractor taught me many years ago. It involves choosing four focal points. Looking straight ahead, find an object to be your first focal point, then just beyond it, find a second, then beyond it, find a third, and lastly, further away choose your fourth focal point. You can do this in a room or looking out a window. Whether all four objects or focal points are within a few feet of you, or some distance away, doesn’t make any difference. Focus on the first, then on the second, third, and fourth. Do this several times. It helps the eyes reset themselves as to depth perception and relieves and takes tension off the neck area.
Love and Forgiveness: Principle #1 of the 5 Principles of Life, Health, and Vitality
Tension headaches can be connected to inflammation and hormonal imbalances, two results stemming from unforgiveness. Principle #1 reveals the fact that God is love, and when He created mankind He breathed life or spirit into him. At the core of our being is love. That’s how we are designed. We are created to act from a foundation of love, toward others and ourselves. To act from any other foundation goes against our very design.
Forgiveness is an of love and a first step in any health program because un-forgiveness creates internal stress, inflammation, and causes the brain to release an excess of stress hormones, and for long periods of time, leading to imbalances.
Forgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die. It puts you behind bars, while the other person goes scott free. It creates much stress in the body and causes unhealthy protein structures to form in the brain, thus implanting within us habitual responses that only re-enforce the already unhealthy state.
To learn more on this subject and the God’s two provisions for health, I invite you to read Facing God and Disease, Point Blank.
If you suffer from Depression, coming soon – my new book How to Beat Depression, and Rid Your Life of Worry, Anxiety, Despair, and Lost Hope
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