Are things tough at work? Your boss on your back about deadlines? Are you anxious about the economy and how you are going to paying your bills? It can all add up to muscle spasms and to tension headaches which are the most common form of headache in our society today. Tension headaches are also referred to as muscle contraction headaches because they are caused by muscle contractions that occur in the neck, head, jaw, upper back and shoulders. These muscle spasms are first felt at the base of the neck but soon work their way upwards, eventually spreading to the temples. People experience them as a tight band around the head. they can last a few hours or all day.
Most people have been “schooled” to take aspirin, ibuprofin or tylenol which work for some but not all people. All of these over-the-counter drugs carry side effects which are now coming to light. Is there an alternative that is effective in the plant kingdom? YES!
Essential Oils Prove to be Pain Relieving, Anit-Spasmodic and Anti-Inflammatory
In tension headaches, you want to relieve the muscle stress and ease the trigger points and muscle spasms. Aroma Siez is a great blend that I have found to be especially helpful in relieving tension headaches. It contains basil which combats muscle spasms and is anti-inflammatory; marjoram which helps regenerate smooth muscle tissue and helps relieve spasms; lavender which relieves muscle spasms, pains, inflammation and is hypotensive; peppermint which has powerful pain-blocking, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties; and cypress which improves circulation.
There’s no need to suffer with tension headaches. Find a quiet place, rub your chosen oil on the back of your neck and temples, and deeply inhale its fragrance. Or if you are at home, take a relaxing warm bath with 8-10 drops of your chosen oils in a dispersing agent like sea salts. Put on some relaxing music and calm your thoughts.
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