It's a stressful world out there, in 2015, isn't it? But that doesn't mean you have to become a Tylenol junkie. These three natural remedies can work wonders to banish tension headaches (but don't forget to spend some time figuring out what's making you so stressed in the first place...)
Remedy 1: Aromatherapy
NB: Lavender and tea tree essential oils are the only essential oils that can be routinely applied neat to the skin.
Take one drop of Lavender oil, and apply it to your temples using either a cotton bud or your finger. Rub in gently with your finger-tips, and wait 10 minutes for the sedative action of the lavender oil to dissolve the pain away.
Remedy 2: Energy Medicine
The 'headache points' in traditional Chinese Medicine are the two indents where your neck meets your head. Use the fingers of both hands to gently but firmly massage these points.
Next, massage across the back ridge of your skull, using a circular motion.
Next, use both hands and drag your fingers out to the sides of your neck, using firm pressure.
Repeat the dragging motion, going up a notch on your neck each time, until you reach the top of your neck.
Remedy 3: Acupressure
Firstly, ascertain where the pain in your head is located.
If it's at the temples, you'll find the corresponding 'pain points' on the sides of your fingernail or toenails, depending on whether you choose to work on your hand or foot. (For headaches and other head-related issues, most people choose to work on their finger or big toes.)
If it's at the front of the head, it will be in the top middle of your finger or toe.
If it's at the back of your head, the pain point will be just underneath your nail, in the centre of your finger or toe.
Once you've found the 'pain point(s)' on your finger or toe, use a metal probe, pencil, blunt matchstick, pen, or blunt nail to massage it for between two and five minutes. (You'll know you're in the right place, as it will hurt when you press on it. If it's not at least a little bit tender when you press on it, you're not on the right spot, and you should feel around the area until you find the correct, painful, place.)
That's usually enough for the headache to subside. If it doesn't go, take whole seeds - whole lentils or whole buckwheat work really well - and stick a seed on each pain point. Leave the seeds on for 6-8 hours, or overnight.
Seeds contain electromagnet energy, which continue to automatically stimulate the pain points, even while you're asleep.