The other morning I woke up with a nasty headache, and I’ll admit I took a pain reliever to get rid of it, rather than try a natural approach. I didn’t really even give it much thought, I just reached for the pain relief.
Once my head stopped throbbing and my stomach settled down (I sometimes get the kind of headaches that make me nauseous), I started to marvel about how such a tiny little pill could shut off the pain receptors in our bodies so quickly. Amazing, really. And then I started to think about why it’s so hard for people (including myself) to believe that something natural could also turn off the pain receptors in the body as quickly and without negative side effects. Possibly even heal the original problem and not just mask the pain and other symptoms. If anything, considering the body’s amazing capacity to heal itself, shouldn’t natural methods be the first thing we think of? For some people it is, and kudos to them! For the rest of us, what’s up?
I have known about Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or tapping) for years and reflexology, meditation, self-hypnosis and aromatherapy for less time, but still long enough that one of them should be my first choice. Actually, for anything other than headaches, I do turn to other measures before pain relievers, but headaches seem to be my Achilles heel. When I get one, I want it gone – FAST!
I heard an EFT practitioner say that one reason people don’t think to using tapping first is because the pain we are currently experiencing may come from an energetic block from a past event. This is often the case with chronic pain and chronic headaches. It is the root of the problem that needs to be addressed, and taking medication for the pain will only hide the current pain. Logically speaking, because the root problem occurred in the past, and we take on the mentality we had at that age, at that time we likely did not know how to tap, and therefore it does not occur to us to tap on the problem now.
That makes sense to me, and it seems to make sense as well that this theory would apply to other natural healing modalities as well. In my case, that could explain why I turn to natural healing methods for other pain and emotional stress in my life, but when it comes to headaches, at least half of the time I reach for pain relieving drugs. I have had headaches semi-regularly since I was a child and I imagine my root problem happened when I was quite young.
When I was at the office the other day, a friend of mine mentioned that she had a headache. I immediately gave her the essential oils I had on hand that I thought would help her, and showed her which acupressure points in her hands, feet and ears to massage. Yet, when it came to my own pain days earlier, those thoughts did not occur to me. It looks like I have quite a bit of tapping to do to uncover my emotional root. By the way, the essential oils I gave her were lavender and peppermint. Unfortunately I did not have very many oils with me that day, but those two did the trick. If I had more supplies on hand, I probably would have suggested Frankincense, Spearmint or Wintergreen as additional options for her.
Of course, headaches come on for many reasons, not just a past emotional event zapping away at your energy system. It may be brought on by muscle and neck tension, sinus congestion, dehydration, constipation, stress or a head injury (in which case you need to seek medical attention!) or many other reasons.
- If you have a headache because of muscle tension, a pain reliever is only going to help in the short term. A massage to help relieve the tension and remove knots will give you more long-term results. Couple your massage with essential oils such as Young Living’s Deep Relief, which is a blend of nine different therapeutic grade essential oils including Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, Peppermint, Copaiba, Lemon, Vetiver, Balsam Fir and Palo Santo, for even greater results. Massage the reflex areas of your hands, feet and ears for the spine, neck and head. Click here for a good illustration of these acupressure points. Again, combine this massage with essential oils to reduce your symptoms faster.
- Lavender and chamomile essential oils are great for reducing tension headaches.
- For a sinus headache, try a blend of Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender essential oils.
- If your headache is from constipation and/or dehydration (as dehydration will lead to constipation), of course you need to drink more water. Some people do not like the “taste” of water. If that is you, you can add a drop of therapeutic-grade essential oils such as lemon, peppermint, grapefruit, orange or mandarin to your water to flavour it in a natural and healthy way. Please always use only therapeutic grade essential oils such as Young Living’s. You can massage the colon reflex areas of the hands, feet and ears as well, and add essential oils for this as well. Good choices would be peppermint or Young Living’s blend, Di-Gize. I found a great article on colon massage which may be found here. I’m going to proactively give it a try.
I hope you are able to find some relief from your headache pain. I know I will!