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Does anyone know any sensible home remedies for headaches other than taking tablets

01:00 Mon 18th Mar 2002 |

asks angiecashen:
First, do you know what is causing your headaches For example, they might be related to an allergy. If you have other allergies, such as hay fever, this is quite possible. Then it would simply be a case of eliminatiing the cause.

Sinus headaches are often brought on by an allergic reaction to airborne pollens, dust, animal dander, moulds and certain foods.

Migraines can be provoked by food additives such as monosodium glutamate (found in crisps and processed foods), tyramine (found in many cheeses), phenylethylamine (found in chocolate, aspartame (artificial sweetener found in drinks and foods) and the preservative metabisulfite.

Q. If the headaches aren't caused by an allergy, what can I use to relieve them
A. Try these self-help tips:

  • If possible, lie down in a darkened room. Work your fingertips all over your scalp in small circular movements.
  • Place hot and cold cloths to your forehead and the back of your neck.
  • Ask someone to massage your neck and shoulders. It's even more effective you use a little lavender oil.
  • Try essential oils. Peppermint and eucalyptus have been shown to help. You can burn them in a special burner, or mix a few drops of either with a little vegetable oil and dab all over your forehead.
  • Feverfew is a herb which has been shown to help with migraines. You can buy feverfew tablets at health food shops - make sure they contain at least 0.2% parthenolide (the active ingredient in feverfew).
  • Yoga and meditation help you relax and ease headaches. Find a class in your area.

Q. Are there any therapies worth trying
Yes, the following have been shown to help all kinds of headaches:

NB If your headache is accompanied by nausea, vomiting or a fever, or lasts for a long time, or your headaches are very frequent, or are so debilitating that you can't function normally, you should see your GP.

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