Pain relief the natural way

by Leanne Philpott

Busy lifestyles and job pressures mean that for many people, taking a day’s sick leave is simply out of the question. While this might bode well for bosses, it can bring about serious health consequences for the sufferer – especially when pain relief pills are popped without a second thought.

With headaches being the most common reason for people to buy over-the-counter pain relief medication, it seems reasonable to look at natural ways to bring relief from headaches to lessen the reliance on medication.

A tension headache is the most common type of headache and while the most obvious action would be to deal with whatever is causing the tension or stress, we all know that’s easier said than done! As a backup, why not familiarise yourself with a few natural treatments?

Nature’s way

Peppermint and spearmint have long been used to help calm nerves, settle tummies and as a diuretic. To make use of mint for headache purposes, simply boil the leaves in water and drink.

Reap the headache-relieving benefits of rosemary – which is thought to be great for throbbing stress headaches – via a massage using rosemary essential oil. Alternatively, you can use fresh rosemary to make a tea.

Massage is an excellent way to release stress and tension and in turn bring relief from headaches but I’m not talking body massage... how about a Shiatsu eyebrow massage? Shiatsu massage works on tension points in the body and helps balance the entire body. It can be particularly helpful for migraine headaches as it can not only bring relief to the head region, but can also assist with the digestive issues (nausea and vomiting) common to migraine headaches.

To perform a Shiatsu eyebrow massage on yourself, sit in a comfortable chair and start by placing your middle fingers on the inner corner of your eyebrows (close to the bridge of your nose). Move your fingers around in a circular motion as you move slowly across your eyebrows, towards the outer corners. Repeat this two or three times.

It may seem obvious but it’s worth asking your customers what their caffeine intake is like. It’s surprising how many people will put up with the pain of a headache without stopping to consider their diet and lifestyle and the effects these factors might behaving on their health.

Consuming too many processed foods, fatty or sugary foods can cause headaches as a result of too much heat in the body. This can be counteracted through drinking plenty of purified water and eating cooling foods, such as celery, radish and wheatgrass.

When you stop to think, taking pain-relief medication is only treating the symptoms and not the root of the problem. Popping a pill may be the quickest way to take away the pain, but dealing with the cause would be a much better long-term solution.

In the meantime, why not offer up some natural pain relief remedies to help reduce the reliance on medication.