Sunday, August 31, 2008

Headache Pain - Methods and Remedies for Stoping the Pain of Headaches Before it Starts by Dee Braun

If headache pain is a frequent problem for you, there are ways to help prevent them. Many headache sufferers have reported success with natural, homeopathic products, relaxation techniques, and the use of aromatherapy essential oils.

Aromatherapy may seem a little "out there" but think of how the human brain works with the olfactory senses, more commonly known as the sense of smell. It's logical to trust that if a smell can touch off a headache, it may then also be quite effective in their prevention. There are specific aromas which are quite effective for calming nerves and reducing tension. The delicate scents of vanilla and lavender are calming to the mind and brain. They're found in numerous bath products labeled for use in soothing and calming both tension and stress.

Peppermint oil also demonstrates potential in producing good results for preventing headache pain. Vicks Salve applied to the forehead was a tried-and-true method of addressing severe headaches for many people in years past and is still a good remedy to try for that stubborn, painful throbbing.

Medical acupuncture is undergoing a popularity surge for its ability to control various types of physical pain, including headaches. Scientific research has shown that it is a legitimate therapy for treating both headache and migraine pain. Dental pain and nausea have also been shown to respond favorably to acupuncture treatment. More research and medical studies are needed to prove this is the perfect treatment for headache pain.

Physical exercise is underestimated as it pertains to prevention of headaches. Headaches are frequently induced by tension and stress and therefore physical exercise is a terrific way to relieve those problems before the pain begins. Prior to starting any form of exercise, it is best to contact your doctor or medical professional to choose the right exercise program for you and your health situation.

Begin slowly on any exercise regimen if you do not already exercise regularly. Take a brisk walk around the block, spend several minutes on the treadmill, or do some simple stretching routines. You shouldn't exercise to the point of exhaustion or pain. Always pay attention to what your body is telling you - it knows when it's had enough and needs to rest.

Studies show that some headache patients who undergo chiropractic manipulation have had good results in preventing their headaches. Complications, although rare, can arise as a result of chiropractic manipulation and may include the possibility of stroke from the manipulation of the neck. To be safe, consult your doctor before undergoing chiropractic manipulation, especially if you have high risk factors for stroke.

Herbal and nutritional remedies such as vitamin B12 and magnesium are also quite effective in headache prevention for some people. Normally, results are not seen until a person has taken the supplements for at least three months.

Food and drinks which are high in caffeine should be avoided by anyone who experiences frequent headache pain. Switching to caffeine-free soda, coffee, or tea may diminish the frequency of headaches. Keeping a food and headache diary can be crucial in determining your personal headache triggers. This diary will help you identify specific food and drink triggers, as well as environmental and stress causes, so you can avoid those in order to help prevent recurrence of headache pain.

The prevention of headaches may prove to be easier than treating them once they have begun. Exercise at least three days a week, keep your diary, and watch your diet. Steer clear of foods which trigger headaches and take steps to help reduce the stress and tension in your life.

Spend a little extra time and take a relaxing bath with sweet-smelling bubble bath, calming essential oils such as lavender and/or chamomile, or bath salts. Light a candle with a soothing scent and lay back for a few moments with your eyes closed. Relax!

About the Author

Dee Braun, a single mom of 6, is a Certified Aromatherapist, Certified Dr. of Reflexology and a natural health practitioner. Click now to visit at - a large directory full of free natural health ebooks covering common ailments, illnesses, health conditions and natural healing techniques.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

These come from "Buckeye Cookery and Practical Housekeeping" 1877

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These come from "Buckeye Cookery and Practical Housekeeping" 1877.

For Colds: Drink hot pennyroyal-tea.

For Worms: Give rue-tea.

For Colic in Children: Give catnip-tea.

Cure for Wounds from rusty nails: Dip fat pork in turpentine and bind it on the wound.

To stop bleeding: apply wet tea-leaves or scrapings of sole-leather to a fresh cut and it will stop the bleeding, or apply a paste of flour and vinegar.

For sore throat: take five cents' worth chlorate of potassa, dissolve, and take a teaspoon every hour, and also gargle with it (Estelle Woods Wilcox).

To remove warts: touch the warts with caustic potassa, or liquor potassa, or acetic acid. The operation is not painful, does not discolor the skin, and removes the warts in a short time, leaving th skin perfectly smooth.

Liniment: the common May-weed blossoms put in alcohol are much superior t arnica for the same use.

For sprains: the white of an egg, and salt mixed to a thick paste is one of the best remedies for sprains, or bruises, or lmeness, for man or beast. Rub well the parts affected.

Sprains or lameness: two ounces camporated spirits, two ounces sweet oil, two ounces ammonia, two ounces chloroform; shake well before using, and rub it in by a fire. It is very excellent for a family liniment.

Moth patches: may be removed from the face by the following remedy- into a pint bottle of rum put a tablespoon of flour of sulphur. Apply this to the patches once a day, and they will disappear in two or three weeks.

To prevent corns: wear easy shoes, which fit well, neither too loose nor too tight, and bathe the feet frequently with warm water with a little salt in it.

For jaundice: the yolk of an egg, raw or slightly cooked, is excellent food in jaundice.

To relieve asthma: wet blotting-paper in strong solution of salt-peter, dry it, and burn a piece three inches square on a plate in sleeping-room, and it will afford quick relief.

Dandruff: one ounce flour of sulphur to one quart of water. Shake well at intervals, for a few hours, and when settled, saturate the head with the clear liquid every morning.

Headache: Elixir of guarana, prepared by Brewer & Co., Springfield, Mass. Take one teaspoonful every half hour until four have been taken, on the first intimation that the headache is coming on.

Bee-stings: and absorbent will give relief from bee stings, but perhaps nothing is more effectual than lean raw meat. The sting of a bee or wasp may be almost instantly relieved by it. It is said to cure the bite of rattlesnake, and relieve erysipelas.

Salve for cuts and burns: to one-half pound of sweet lard, add one-fourth pound of beeswax and the same of resin; beat all together till well mixed; pour in a little tin box. Apply a little to the wound on a soft cotton cloth (Mrs. Ford)

Whopping-cough: mix one lemon sliced, half pint flaxseed, two ounces honey, and one quart water, and simmer, not boil, four hours; strain when cool, and if there is less than a pint of the mixture, add water. Dose: one tablespoon four times a day, and one also, after each severe fit of coughing. Warranted to cure in four days if given when the child first "whoops."

To cure a corn: apply sweet oil night and morning, or wash for two or three evenings in a pretty strong solution of common soda, which softens the corn so that it falls out. Cotton wet with opodeldoc or turpentine, applied to a soft corn, will cure it.