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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Natural Migraine Relief

1. Find out what foods trigger your migraines.

Common triggers are; Cheese (dairy), MSG (monosodium glutamate), Chemical additives and preservatives, onions, Alcohol, sugar, eggs, and gluten. One of the biggest triggers is caffeine! Yes, that sounds unreal since caffeine can provide relief but it works both ways. If you get migraines, I would eliminate all caffeine first. Don’t go cold turkey, take 2-4 weeks and wean yourself off to avoid withdrawal headaches.

2. Stay hydrated. Drink half of your body weight in ounces per day of water. More if you exercise.

3.Exercise regularly. Regular exercise promotes healthy circulation and helps to alleviate depression and anxiety. You’ll sleep better at night too.

4. Get enough sleep. We need 6-9 hours every night.

5. Learn to cope with stress in a healthy manner. We can’t eliminate all stressors in our lives but we can learn to manage them. Stress can trigger a migraine.

6. Eat healthy and frequently. Small meals throughout the day are very beneficial for migraine sufferers. Don’t skip breakfast! Eliminate processed and fast food.

7. Stop using synthetic perfumes and fragrances on your person and in your home.

8. For women: Find a qualified holistic practitioner and work to get your hormones in balance and have your thyroid checked.

If you do experience a migraine, an ice pack wrapped in towel and placed under you neck will help with pain relief. You can also place it directly on the pain site. I’ve found Chiropractic care to be helpful. Therapeutic grade essential oils have helped me tremendously. Make sure you only use therapeutic grade oils since most that are sold as “pure” really aren’t and are not to used directly on your skin.
I hope as you try these tips you find relief and healing. Migraines are a terrible ailment to have. Pass on the knowledge!

Sinus Headaches

Although there are several home remedies that work to treat sinus headaches and infections, it is important to seek medical care as early as possible if you are uncertain about the cause of your symptoms or if there is considerable severity of the infection. Symptoms of a severe infection may include high fever, if high pain persists or if there is swelling in the face.

In some cases, a CT scan will be taken to get images of the sinuses but most of the time a physical examination and medical history are usually enough to make a diagnosis. Some doctors may advise you to do a CT scan anyway to confirm the diagnosis and rule out any other possibility.

Self-care at home through the use of home remedies, as well as prescription medications to control pain and inflammation is all that is needed to treat most cases of sinus headaches.

Some things you can do to alleviate the pain and help in recovery are:
• Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids and sipping on water throughout the day.
• Use salt water (saline) nasal sprays.
• Breathe humidified air by using a humidifier (devices that emit water vapor or steam to increase humidity) if you live in a particularly dry place.
• Nasal irrigation which flushes out mucus can help relieve symptoms.
• Use of over-the-counter medications that can be prescribed to you by your primary care physician

If your symptoms do not show any signs of improving even after the treatment or if symptoms get worse, you should definitely get in touch with your doctor as the problem could be more severe than initially presumed.

There are a few things you can do to minimize the risk of suffering from the symptoms associated with this condition:

Practicing good hygiene such as washing your hands often can help to prevent colds and infections in the upper respiratory system.

Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and using an air humidifier can also help promote efficient drainage of fluids from the sinuses minimizing the risk of infection.

Some Ways Truly Erase Headaches

Ginger Root – Ginger root, which is used as a spice in everyday cooking can also be used as an effective cure for how to get rid of headaches. The sharp pungent flavor of ginger gives the foodstuffs a wonderful taste and besides, it also used as a digestive. When taken immediately at the onset of a headache, ginger’s anti-inflammatory action will rapidly dilate constricted blood vessels and relax tense muscles to relieve pain.

Echinacea- Commonly called as the purple coneflowers, this flowering plant is widely used in herbal medications as a immune booster. It helps to improve the functioning of immune system and prevents infections. It is also used as an effective remedy for headaches, specially those caused by cold or flue. Echinacea can be used safely for long term basis.

Buckwheat – Buckwheat which is commonly used as livestock feed can also be used as for human consumption. Those suffering from gluten intolerance can opt for buckwheat products as they are gluten free. It is possible to obtain buckwheat flower and buckwheat pancake mix at your local grocery, although you may have to ask for it. Incorporate buckwheat into your diet as an effective preventive for migraine pain; because buckwheat contains rutin, which has antioxidant and analgesic properties.

Lemon Balm- The use of lemon balm as a curative for depression, migraine attacks and stress headache pain has been documented way back to the 14th century, when it was served in a tea to the French king Charles V for these symptoms. Lemon balm has a subtle lemony flavor, hence its name, and can be substituted for lemon juice in soups, custards and various other food preparations as a flavor enhancer.

Lobelia- Even though a guy by the name of Samuel Thomson claimed to have discovered the lobelia plant around 1803, it had long been in use as a medicinal treatment of how to get rid of headaches by the Cherokee nations of North America. They administered lobelia in poultices of crushed leaves for headache pain, and ‘snuffed’ the dried leaves for sinus inflammation and bloody noses. Lobelia also also helps to improve the functioning of the immune system and prevents the attack of flu and cold virus.

Cure Sinus Infections

For instance, antibiotics are known to effectively fight bacteria along with many other chronic conditions. But sometimes it is possible to combat the pain even with some simple home remedies. Mentioned below are some proven homemade treatments that can work superbly to cure sinus infections. The main idea behind these treatments is to lessen excessive secretions, improve the flow rate of infected mucus and bring back normal breathing.

* Apply a hot compress – Place a hot compress, like a warm wet cloth or towel, over your face by applying slight pressure on the sinus region. Doing this would shrink blood vessels lining the nasal membrane that would further open up your blocked nasal passages.

* Steam therapy – Steam inhalation is a highly effective method used for relieving congested sinus and nasal cavities. This can be done many times in a day.

* Boost the immune system – There are certain foods, as well as supplements, which can significantly boost the immune system. Eating green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits also provides proper nourishment to the body. Besides, yogurt is also an excellent immune boosting ingredient. Also, as zinc is required in sufficient amount by immune cells in order to function properly, it is important to consume foods that are loaded with zinc, such as poultry, fish, red meat, legumes, dairy foods, nuts and cereal.

* Drink hot fluids – Drinking hot fluids, like vegetable soups, broths and herbal teas, many times in a day breaks up the infected mucus, so that it can be easily drained out. The hot and warm steam that generates out of these hot fluids soothes and relieves the sinus related headaches and many other symptoms of sinusitis. To increase the effect of this sinus treatment, drink the hot liquids immediately after taking a hot water shower.