Headaches: Causes, Natural Remedies and Prevention

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By Candice Csaky
Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach | Healthy Wife, Happy Life

Headaches are a common pain most of us will deal with at some point in our lives. But there are ways to avoid this bothersome occurrence and natural ways to find relief. Here’s an inside look at symptoms, triggers and some natural remedies for headaches.

Symptoms
Headache pain is typically described as mild to moderate pressure that occurs in one or more parts of the head. Headaches can be short-lived, lasting only 30 minutes, or they can continue for days. Cluster headaches and sinus headaches may come with a runny or stuffy nose and congestion.

Triggers
Common headache causes include stress, allergies, dehydration, hunger and overexertion. Those who deal with sleep deprivation, poor posture and food sensitivities may also experience headaches. Unexpected triggers like strong scents, cigarette smoke, a hat or hair accessory that’s too tight, and caffeine (either too much or withdrawal) may also lead to headache pain.

If you suffer from frequent headaches, it may be helpful to keep a headache log with details of each occurrence. Include any foods you ate, environmental conditions, your stress level, when the pain started, how long it lasted and if anything brought you relief. This can help you identify your particular triggers so you’ll know how to avoid or manage them in the future.

Natural Remedies
If you’ve addressed all potential triggers and you’re still getting headaches, stretching or massage therapy may be worth a try. Regularly stretching your neck and shoulder muscles can alleviate pain-causing tension, while massage is an effective stress reliever.

Some find relief when they apply an ice pack or use essential oils like lavender or peppermint. Other natural remedies include feverfew, ginger, breathing exercises, acupuncture, yoga and meditation.

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