A Headache by Any Other Name

Would a headache by any other name still hurt as bad?  The answer to that is a resounding yes!  Headaches plague 9 out of 10 Americans.  And tension headaches strike 90% of women and 70% of men during their lifetime (Headache Facts, n.d.).  I for one have suffered from headaches and migraines for twenty plus years and it is awful to say the least!

There are so many causes and triggers of headaches that it can often leave the sufferer wondering what exactly caused it.  Headaches can be caused by some of the following and more: the weather; being excessively hot; food allergies; loud noises; excessive stimuli; offensive/noxious smells; chiropractic issues; health issues; etc.  

Whatever the case may be, headaches account for many a missed day from work or school, as well as a lessened quality of life for frequent and chronic sufferers.  The best thing you can do is see your healthcare provider to find out what is causing the headaches in the first place.  Once you are equipped with that knowledge, you can better manage them.  

I have often found relief in the simple act of taking a nap in a cool, dark room; keeping cool is key as heat can exacerbate the situation.  Another easy tip is to place a washcloth under cold running water until it is soaked, squeeze out most of the water and place it on your forehead and over your eyes.  The same is good for the back of the neck.  

Herbal teas can be another great resource for relief when experiencing a headache.  Check out your local grocery store or herbalist for chamomile, valerian or mint tea.  Another good option is a lemon, ginger and honey tea.  Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps with dilated blood vessels.  Honey contains potassium and magnesium and lemons contain potassium, which are both beneficial for headache relief.

Headache Relief Tea Recipe

  • About 2 slices of lemon
  • About 2-3 slices of fresh ginger
  • Honey to taste/preference
  • Hot water

Directions

  • Bring fresh water to boil in a tea kettle or sauce pan
  • Place the sliced lemon and ginger in a mug and pour in the boiling water
  • Stir in honey to taste
  • Sip and enjoy (Heat may irritate a headache, so it may be a good idea to allow the tea to cool significantly before drinking.)

Borrowing a sign-off from the Most Interesting Man in the World, “Stay headache free, my friends.”  

References
Headache Facts. (n.d.). Revive Chiropractic & Rehab. Retrieved from http://revive-chiro.com/services/headache-center/headache-facts/.


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