Managing stress and inflammation

I got glandular fever when I was 19, and I have been struggling for the last 5 years to get my health back. It's taken a really long time to get my health under control and manage the ongoing inflammation that it caused in my body. It's caused so many odd and seemingly unrelated symptoms. I'm putting a lot of effort into managing my stress and sleep, as well as managing my diet to reduce inflammation. I am hoping that by taking a holistic and natural approach to my health I'll be able to regain some balance and control back to my immune system.

4 Ways to Treat a Tension Headache Naturally


Many people simply pop a pill when they get a tension headache, but doing this too often can have the reverse effect and lead to rebound headaches, or medication overuse headaches. Instead, it's best to find natural ways to deal with the throbbing pain; ways that will not only help with the headache but hopefully with the tension that is causing the headache as well.

Drink Plenty of Water

This step seems simple, but a recent study by Thermos Australia found that more than two-thirds of Australians don't consume enough water daily. Headaches are one the of the most common symptoms of dehydration, so it's a good idea to rule out dehydration if you feel a headache coming on. Drink a tall glass of water, and hopefully that will be enough to stop the headache in its tracks.

Remedial Massage 

If you find that you get frequent tension headaches, a remedial massage could be the answer. Whereas relaxation massages are fine if you want a relaxing sixty-minute rubdown, a remedial massage is preferable if you want to get rid of the tension that is causing the headache. Remedial massages are targeted massages in which the massage therapist relaxes the muscles in the problem area. This reduces the pressure on nerves and blood vessels, which leads to a reduction in pain. Remedial massage is a holistic treatment, meaning it will benefit the whole body and rid you of the tension that led to the headache in the first place.

Practice Yoga

Practicing yoga is wonderful way to relieve any kind of tension, but it can be particularly helpful if you have a tension headache. Yoga teaches you to concentrate on your breath and improve your posture, both of which are known to release tension from the body. There are certain gentle yoga moves that are excellent for when your head is throbbing and you don't feel like being too energetic.

Use Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil is one the top oils used in the treatment of tension headaches. A study published in 1996 found that the oil offered great pain relief from tension headaches. To apply peppermint oil to the skin, first mix a couple of drops with a carrier oil (coconut oil and olive oil are good choices), then apply the mix to your temples and your forehead. Lie down for a few minutes and let the oil do its job. 


19 April 2016