Try to avoid as many as possible the usage of medication (in consultation with your doctor of course), or at least lower their intake.
Otherwise you will create a habit and addiction, and sleep and relaxation will become more worse and unnatural. Help yourself with herbs – Mistletoe, mint, yarrow, anise, thyme …
Headache – pain in the head, pain between the eyes and the neck, pain in the temples, the sinus area, pain or discomfort in any area of the head…
Everyone of us sometimes get a headache, and the pain can last longer or shorter time, can be accompanied by nausea, visual disturbances (flashing lights, sparks and stars in front of the eyes), vomiting, noise in the ears, imbalance, etc.
A headache is a symptom, not a disease, its cause and origin can be found in various diseases of the nervous, digestive, respiratory, or other systems. However, most often the main cause for its appearance comes from the mental disorders such as stress and tension, which is accounted for about 90% of all headaches.
Causes of headaches:
– Indigestion accompanied by nausea and vomiting
– Intestinal infections
– High (and sometimes low) blood pressure
– Rapid and rigorous diet
– Flu or colds
– Chronic constipation
– A variety of chemicals, some perfumes, medicines
– Vision problems (nearsightedness or farsightedness)
– Inflammation of the sinuses
– Stress and tension (so-called tension headaches)
Headaches that start from a strong stress and tension and muscle spasms, appear in the head or neck, and pain extends to forward, insidious and continuous. This group includes about 90% of all headaches. The remaining 10% of headaches are so called circular “cluster” headaches and migraines.
What is migraine
The longest known, and also the most common type of headache that affects about 25 % of the population is migraine. This is the most severe form of headache that usually occurs at a younger age, it is often hereditary, and at three-quarters of women usually disappears after the menopause.
It is a chronic disease in which the headache is very severe throbbing pain and occurs in attacks lasting from a few hours to 24 hours ( sometimes days ). Migraine usually affects half of the head and face and often precede visual disturbances. Can be accompanied by weakness, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, pain, watery eyes, etc.
Migraine attacks usually begin in the morning, often causing mental and physical strain. At women is associated with the beginning of the menstrual cycle and pregnancy.
The emergence of migraine commonly causes stress, but also relaxation after exertion ( not accidentally frequent migraine attacks occur before the end of the week or before the holidays because people still can not be separated from everyday stress ), some types of food ( chocolate, cheese, tomatoes, alcohol, meat products ) frequent changes of time, smoking ( nicotine constricts blood vessels ), as well as hormonal disorders in women.
Interestingly, and irregular meals and sudden and rigorous diets can cause extremely severe headache. Migraine is more common in urban areas, it is three times more common in women, and studies have shown that it is more common in people with overweight, regardless of gender.
The cause – it is believed that migraine disorder exists in expanding the blood vessels of the head and brain generally caused by weaker blood circulation.
First, there is a spasm of the arteries followed by narrowing ( constriction ) of blood vessels, and then to their enlargement ( dilatation ). This stimulates certain neural structures that are sensitive to pain.
Interesting to know – Migraine was first mentioned in Mesopotamia 3000 years BC. Greek physician and father of medicine Hippocrates in 4th century B.C. described migraine as pain in one side of the head with visual disturbances and vomiting.
The Roman physician Galen in the 2nd century N. E. describes migraine as a specific type of headache, called haemicrania – which in Greek means half a head. (The word migraine is French in origin b.t.w.).
Migraine treatment and phytotherapy
There are no simple solutions for all types of headaches – even in phytotherapy, or in therapy with conventional analgesics. All types of headaches and migraines and their causes are different. In this natural therapy, there are different kinds of herbs that will help to loosen the pain. Some plants will help you, some might not, so they should be combined, and eventually by time, change the recipe and dose.
Firstly try to avoid all these risk factors. By proper and balanced nutrition, healthy lifestyle ( alcohol and tobacco – NO, a regular exercise – YES ), regular sleeping and resting, you will reduce and mitigate the frequency of migraine attacks. When migraine is present, the patient is sensitive to sound and light sources, and then it is necessary to lay and rest in a quiet and darkened room.
Try to avoid as many as possible the usage of classical medication (in consultation with your doctor of course), or at least lower their intake, because eventually you will create a habit and addiction, and sleep and relaxation will become more worse and unnatural.
Tea against Migraine
One tea spoon from this tea mixture shed with 2 dl of boiled water and leave it stand for 15 minutes and than percolate. Sweeten the tea with acacia or forest honey and drink 2-3 cups a day. Patients with Diabetes for sweetener my add only lemon juice.
Along this tea we recommend adding few herbal drops from mistletoe, rosemary, lemon balm and rhubarb. For a cup of tea add 20 drops of this tincture.
Practice this herbal tea droplets therapy at least 3-6 months, regularly, patiently and controlled by your doctor phytotherapist.
Great plants for migraine are laurel, primrose and yarrow. Drink every day 1-2 cups of very hot tea.
Some of this medicinal plants with their essential oils dilate blood vessels, promote penetration of blood to the organs and positively affect to the peripheral circulation. Some stimulate and refresh or reduce stress and tension.
Some plants contain chemical compounds that inhibit serotonin release (transmitter of nerve impulses) from platelets, and some, such as willow bark contains small amounts of salicin, a chemical substance similar to aspirin, which alleviates pain. That’s why we call willow the herbal aspirin (aspirin is synthesized from willow bark). In the intestinal tract salicin gets absorbed more than 85 % which for within the next few hours you`ll relief the headache.
Massage and wraps for migraine
– 5 tablespoons sage leaves and marshmallow mix with olive oil, wrap it in a linen cloth, warm up and keep it pressed to the forefront until you start feel comfortably.
– Massage nape and temples with oil of chamomile, mint and juniper (or each individually if you do not have all of them). After the massage lie down and rest for half an hour.
– Strong tea of lavender or hops add to bath water. Implement bath for 20 minutes, sometimes even longer.
– Rosemary bath or warm wraps of chamomile on the back of the head and shoulders. This therapy relaxes muscle spasms, refreshes and adds stimulative effect on the psychological and physical tension.
– Wraps of red onion, cabbage leaves or horseradish – good chop, add a little olive oil and put it on the temples, forehead and back of the head. Keep like that for one hour.
It is generally recommended to eat more onions and garlic.
Oil against migraine and stress
All added to 30 ml of olive or almond oil. Gently massage onto the temples and back of the head.
This oil can be added in a handful of coarse sea salt and add to a bath water. Make yourself a nice atmosphere, immerse yourself in the bathtub and lay like that for about half an hour.
Occasionally, take a deep breath and exhale, relax and calm your stress and headache.
Put few drizzle drops from the pure essential oil of lavender or lemon balm on the edges of your pillow. It will provide you a peaceful and restful sleep.