Almost 50% of the population has suffered from at least one episode of headache in the last year and the majority, despite taking medications to find relief from symptoms, have never consulted a doctor, the data was confirmed by the World Health Organization. According to the same study, migraine is among the top 20 health problems capable of significantly worsening the quality of life, due to its disabling characteristics.
Headache is a disease that mainly manifests itself as pain in the head. Migraine is a recurring disorder whose duration is generally between 4 and 72 hours. It is more common in women and usually begins to appear in young adulthood. Whether it’s cervical, frontal, period or allergy, there are natural remedies for headaches. We reveal some of them to you, starting with the use of essential oils and yoga.
Oils as natural remedies for headaches
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years. To take care of skin, hair and spirit, because essential oils can be used to sleep and relax, but also to regain energy. Pure and simple aromatherapy, to be used to combat stress and not only aromatherapy can be of great help for headache problems, migraine sufferers are also very sensitive to light and noise. Essential oils in the air provide relief in this regard, like Roman Chamomile, Gaultheria, Cloves, and above all Lavender and Peppermint. To enhance the effect, you can use essential oils to do a healing self-massage, massage the frontal sinuses with 1 drop of Wintergreen essential oil and 1 drop of Peppermint essential oil.
Yoga that fights headaches
According to a study conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and published in Neurology, people who practice specific yoga positions regularly obtain a significant reduction in the episodes and intensity of headache symptoms. This is especially true of all those who resort to the use of drugs, it took years, but we are happy to see that scientific research now confirms how much yoga proves to be a precious ally in fighting (also) headaches.
What are the most effective yoga poses to relieve headaches? From simple neck bends for the cervical spine to the plow position. These are simple asanas that, combined with conscious breathing, can be easily practiced anywhere. An example; Sit on the floor with your back straight, place your left hand on the right side of your head and gently tilt your head to the left. Hold the position while breathing and switch to the opposite side. Repeat on both sides a few times or the child’s position, which also relaxes the entire spine. Get on your knees and shift the weight of your body forward touching the floor with the tip of your head, resting the forehead on the ground. Bring your big toes together and bring your hands behind your feet, palms up.
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