Monday, August 3, 2009

Healthy Headache Cures

Ugh.  That's the only sound I can verbally utter from my bed today as I lay here with the my fifth migraine in as many days.  I know what you are thinking, "Then Willo, why the heck are you writing a blog?"  Well, the truth is folks, I can only sit and be unproductive for so long.  

We haven't been able to pinpoint where the headaches come from or to what they are related.  So there is some work to do there.  In the meantime, I am trying to keep up healthy eating and exercise (look for the importance of staying healthy later this week) and do what I can.

For me, this means rest, and a couple other all-natural things I have found can have a positive effect.  The first is the smell of mint.  A few drops of peppermint or spearmint essential oil right under my nose can offer a little bit of immediate relief.  

Another thing that can really help is cold.  I put my flax wrap in the freezer for an hour or so and then lay it across my forehead or drape it around my neck.  Like the mint, the cool offers a little bit of immediate relief.  I would highly suggest a flax wrap, but if you don't have one and need immediate relief, a washcloth soaked in cool water or put in the freezer will also work.  I have even used teething rings (clean of course) and placed them on my eyelids straight out of the ice box.  

I would love to hear from you on this!  What are your quick and green home headache remedies?  Have you tried any of these?


BMV said...

My family's always used Tiger Balm. It's basically a muscle relaxer. My mom just massages the forehead with it and it relieves the pain.

Anonymous said...

My trigger seems to be dehydration, so drinking a lot of liquids might help. Once the headache is on, I have to go for lots of coffee ... organic/shade grown ;-) ... which I realize is a diueretic but it works.

Lucy Pursglove said...

Aww Willo you poor thing! I get 'visual' flashing migraines with no pain but I get them so rarely I've never chased a diagnosis. I really hope you are feeling better soon and you get to the bottom of your headache woes. Lucy. Xx