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The Different Types of Headaches & How to Find Relief Naturally

Depending on their type and severity, headaches can be a nuisance, somewhat painful, or downright debilitating. However, headaches are one of the most common ailments on the planet, and pretty much everyone experiences them from time to time. Many people reach for a bottle of ibuprofen or aspirin at the first sign of a headache, but sometimes there’s a better approach to treating this type of pain.

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In this article, we’re taking a look at the various types of headaches, their symptoms, what causes them, and how to find relief the natural way.

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches, also known as general headaches, are the most common type that people experience. You’ll know you have this type of headache when you feel pain and pressure at your temples and along the back of your head. As the name suggests, tension headaches can be caused by stress. The headache is actually the body’s natural response to stress hormones and created by tension in the head and neck.

Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches are caused by a sinus infection and are typically felt with a wide range of other symptoms like nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and fever. The headaches come from sinus pressure that is felt mostly in the cheeks, forehead, and bridge of the nose.

Migraine Headaches

Migraines are a severe type of headache that many people are familiar with but that few people actually experience. They can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting and last a few hours or a few days. Some migraine sufferers have these types of headaches a few times per month. Individuals can also may be sensitive to light and noise while having a migraine.

Rebound Headaches

If you do your best to avoid chemicals and live an all-natural life, then it should come as little surprise to you that painkillers and other medications can actually cause headaches. When your body gets used to taking these types of drugs, it experiences withdrawal symptoms like headaches when you stop. Natural approaches should be considered in these circumstances.

Cluster Headaches

A severe headache type that is fairly rare is called the cluster headache. Men between the ages of 20 and 50 and who are smokers are most likely to experience these headaches. They’re felt on just one side of the head and recur in cycles.

Secondary Headaches

Just because a headache is called “secondary” doesn’t mean it’s any less painful. Secondary headaches are caused by an underlying medical condition and only happening because something else is going on in the body. These types of headaches can be caused by caffeine withdrawal, alcohol hangover, dental pain, or after an accident involving head trauma.

Natural Relief for Headaches

The recommended treatments for headaches is largely determined by the type of headache you have. However, there are natural remedies available to try as alternatives to over-the-counter headache medicines and prescription drugs that come with all sorts of side effects.

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Some natural remedies, like Olive Leaf Nasal Spray, can help keep the sinuses and nasal passages open and wash away the germs. This is especially helpful if you are suffering from a sinus headache. Sometimes just getting relief from the symptoms of your headache can help you get through the day.  Product Image

Here are some other natural ways to find relief and preventative measures that have worked well for some headache sufferers:

  • Peppermint and lavender essential oils dabbed onto the temples, forehead and neck
  • A gluten-free diet
  • High magnesium foods like beans, nuts, and seeds
  • Cayenne pepper mixed with warm water and dabbed into the nostrils
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Practicing good posture while sitting, standing, and walking

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