Treating a tension headache with natural remedies can be very effective in reducing the frequency and intensity. Besides relaxation exercises, yoga, physical lifestyle changes by monitoring and adjusting your diet and eating habits you will greatly reduce painful headaches. What foods and drinks trigger a tension headache? Chocolate, cheese, nuts, peanut butter, onions, dairy products, pickled food, coffee and beverages that contain caffeine can all cause a painful headache. Additionally any food that has monosodium glutamate (MSG) in it such as Chinese food could act as a trigger. Fruits such as avocados, bananas and citrus or foods that contain the amino acid tyramine such as red wine, aged cheese, smoked fish, chicken livers, figs or some beans could promote painful headaches.
How can you find out if these foods or beverages are promoting a tension headache? Eliminate one or several of the items from your daily food consumption for seven to ten days. Then reintroduce one of these items back into your daily diet. After a couple days observe if there are any signs of tension-type headaches this of food could be triggering a painful headache and you need to avoid consuming it. Remember if you choose to eliminate several items from your diet at one time, only reintroduce each item one at a time.
Using herbs in your diet helps naturally in treating a headache from tension. Most popular herbs are peppermint, tiger balm, butterbur and feverfew. Peppermint oil should be topically applied to the forehead and temples. It helps in relieving pain.
Tiger balm is a mix of camphor oil, menthol, cassia and clove oil. The ointment can be found in most drug stores. Tiger balm is applied to forehead, neck and shoulders to relieve pain.
Butterbur is used to reduce the frequency and duration of tension attacks. Butterbur plant is made into extract and supplements.
Feverfew is made into an extract and supplements. This leafy plant is a member of the daisy family. This perennial herb plant is short and bushy with small yellow flowers. Also known as wild chamomile this plant has a bitter scent.
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