Help with Headaches Naturally

Put down the painkillers! Reduce all manner of aches and pains with these easy, natural remedies.

Posted May 5,2019 in Natural.

Ester Milene
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Help with Headaches Naturally

MAKE YOURSELF A MEADOWSWEET POULTICE

A traditional medicinal plant, meadowsweet has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, which make it particularly valuable for those who suffer from headaches. Meadowsweet played its part in the development of aspirin. It was from substances contained in its beautiful white flowers, combined with others present in willow bark, that chemists synthesised to create the drug at the end of the 19th century. It’s no wonder, then, that this plant is a good ally when you have a headache.

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When meadowsweet is used in a poultice, its beneficial constituents act through the skin.

  • Put 5tbsp of dried meadowsweet into a bowl, then pour over a little boiling water to cover. Mix well and leave to infuse for 15 mins. Filter to separate the plant material from the concentrated infusion.
  • Soak a compress in the infusion and spread the leaves on top. Carefully place this on your forehead or neck (wherever you feel pain), with the plant material against your skin. Keep it in place for 15-20 mins, preferably while lying in a dark, quiet place. If the headache persists, repeat up to twice a day.

You can also drink meadowsweet in an infusion. Add a level tablespoon of dried meadowsweet to a large cup of boiling water, then leave to infuse for eight minutes before filtering the liquid. Drink up to two cups a day.

A POINT TO STIMULATE ON THE HAND

There’s a point, in Chinese medicine, on the meridian, or energy channel, of the large intestine that can soothe headaches. The meridian begins at the tip of the index fi nger and goes up the arm, then from the shoulder and neck to the skull. An energy blockage along this pathway can cause headaches. To relieve the blockage, you can massage a specifi c point. It’s also a useful anti-stress point when the headache is linked to nervous tension.

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  • Start by rubbing your palms together, then interlace your fi ngers as though you’re washing your hands.
  • Once your hands are warmed up, place your left thumb on the fl eshy part of your right hand between the thumb and forefi nger.
  • Look for the point located at the bottom of the ‘fork’ between thumb and forefi nger, next to the joint, and press. This point is usually a little painful.
  • Massage lightly fi rst in a clockwise direction, then repeat going in the opposite direction.
  • Continue for two or three minutes. Do the same with the other hand. Repeat several times a day.