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Lavender Therapy for Migraine Headaches

Natural lavender can be a blessing when it comes to alternative migraine treatments.

Headaches are generally classed into four main categories, depending upon where the pain is located. A simple headache tends to occur at the crown of the head. Tension headaches are in the brow and cluster headaches occur around the eye. But perhaps the worst of these is the migraine headache which radiates from above the inner corner of the eyebrow outward and can be so intense that nausea, dizziness, impaired vision, severe fatigue and temporary disability result. Women tend to be more prone to migraines than men, but both sexes can suffer from them and a trip to the doctor can help you discover standard medical treatments for recurrent migraine headaches.

However, it is important to understand that pain in the body occurs for a reason. Just think about it. If a child breaks his arm, he needs that pain to happen so that he can tell an adult that the pain is there, so that the broken arm can be taken care of. In the same way, if you are suffering from recurrent headaches, your body is sending you a powerful signal that something is amiss. Stress, allergies, fatigue, dietary problems and a host of other factors can lead to migraines, and there is currently no medical 'cure' for them. So far, we have only discovered ways to cope with the pain. Pills and injections can mask the pain of a migraine, while not uncovering the cause, and if you're like us, you might want a more natural way to soothe the pain while you're trying to figure out the underlying cause. It is for this very reason that more and more people are turning to lavender in their attempts to cope with headaches naturally. Lavender has been prized for centuries for both culinary and medicinal purposes, and at Lavender Bee Farm, we'd like to share what we know about this herb with customers who are currently suffering from these nasty headaches.

I'd like to make special mention of women who suffer from 'menstrual headaches', almost on schedule, during a specific point of their cycle. If you are troubled with these, you know how awful they can be, and as the author of this article, I'd like to share with you how helpful I am finding lavender to be for the migraines I've experienced in connection with my cycle nearly all of my adult life. Lavender is something like a hero to me when it comes to this, and is especially helpful to me when a migraine is keeping me awake at night. I hope that the following suggestions will be really helpful to both men and women who suffer from any of the four kinds of headaches.

How to use lavender for your headache

Dried Lavender Buds Make a lavender pillow
If headaches are a frequent issue for you, having a lavender pillow on hand can be such a help. It's right there, ready to pick up whenever you need it, and you can make such a nice one, your little natural health aid doubles as a lovely home decor item. Lavender Bee Farm offers complete instructions for How To Make A Lavender Pillow here. We want to stress the importance of using pesticide and chemical-free lavender for your lavender headache pillow. Toxic substances will harm, not help, your health. You can certainly feel safe using our natural dried lavender for this reason. Depending upon the size of the pillow, you can either lie down with it behind your head, or rest across your face. I have found that inhaling the calming, herbal fragrance of the lavender really helps with my migraines. I lie in a darkened room, as comfortably as I can, and take slow deep breaths. It feels to me like the fragrance I breath in goes right up into my sinuses and brain, cooling and soothing, with each breath.

Make a quick lavender pouch
If you've just purchased some dried lavender buds with the intention of making a pillow, but haven't yet had the time and a migraine hits in, here's a helpful suggestion. Simply take a square of fabric, a scarf, a bandana, a cloth napkin or tea towel and lay it out flat. Pour a handful of lavender in the middle. Roll up the fabric like a toffee and secure either end with a rubber band. In just seconds you have a quick temporary lavender pouch which you can rest across your forehead or eyes, again, inhaling the scent to soothe your migraine.

Take a lavender bath
Moist heat is often prescribed to loosen stiff, achy muscles and relieve tension. Because so many headaches are tension-centered, a bath can bring relief to an achy head, too. When combined with lavender essential oil, you've discovered a potentially powerful weapon against your migraines. You can make up your own migraine bath oil as follows. Combine 5 drops of lavender essential oil with an emulsifier such as raw honey or olive oil. You can store this for many months in a cool, dry, dark place. Add about 1 tablespoon to the bath as you fill it. The lavender fragrance will rise up in the steam of the warm water, surrounding you with soothing vapors. Close your eyes and relax.

As you can see, the above natural headache remedies are simple as can be. In the past, before modern medicine had come to rely on drugs so completely, herbs, flowers and special foods were used to help sufferers cope with the pain of various ailments. Lavender water appeared in the medicine cabinets of many a family in those days, and when dealing with a condition for which we still haven't discovered a cure, a look back at the past can yield many helpful ideas which may have been forgotten along the way. Fortunately, the magnificent and versatile properties of the herb lavender have been too beloved to be overlooked, and at Lavender Bee Farm, we are doing our part to keep appreciation for lavender going strong!

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