Training days here at the Ayurveda Centre Herbs & Spices for Headaches
Updated on May 31, 2010
Here we are learning the energetics of herbs and spices and in this particular case herbs and spices that help headaches
Remedies for Headaches
Headaches are complex – with a variety of causes but according to Ayurveda they come under the 3 dosha headings Vata – Pitta – Kapha
In Vata – fear, stress, nervousness, constipation, physical over activity, trying to do too many things at once can aggravate the Vata type person. The aggravation can go into the muscular, nervous and skeletal system causing Vata headaches, which tend to be at the back of the head area.
Characterised by throbbing, pulsating, migrating pain.
Vata headaches have tension in the neck, shoulders, back, constipation and sciatica.
Vata headaches get worse when you move around.
Oil massage, neck, shoulders upper back with sesame oil.
Foot and scalp massage with sesame oil.
Sesame oil – drops in the nose.
Mix 1 table spoon sugar, quarter teaspoon salt with lime juice or lemon juice in a pint of water.
Make a tea – using either ginger, rose flowers or basil.
In Pitta it is acid, hyperactivity, anger and aggression, indigestion, excess pitta – burning, over heated, high pitta foods. The aggravation provokes headaches and is more likely to be in the temporal area. Pain starts in the temple and moves to the centre of the head. Pitta headaches are characterised by sharp, shooting, burning, penetrating pain. It will get worse in bright light, hot sun, spicy foods, and high temperatures. Eating Pitta sour spicy food will make it worse. Pitta types become irritable, the headaches are related to the stomach area and sickness can be felt with burning stinging eyes.
Cooling aloe vera gel taken in a drink will cool the body.
Cool sweet food – sweet fruit or ice cream will help.
Coconut is cooling and soothing.
Make a tea using, cumin&coriander or fennel – drink luke warm
Kapha types have sinus headaches and tend to be more at the front of the head. Lethargy and laziness, over eating greed and possessiveness and Kapha diets create heaviness in the stomach and blocks circulation which can cause Kapha headaches. A Kapha headache gets worse when you bend down and is often connected to a stuffy nose, colds and coughs and also hay fever.
Kapha headaches are usually dull and deep and heavy and the pain moves into the sinuses.
Eucalyptus steam will immediately help to ease a Kapha headache.
Eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree oil massaged onto the forehead or inhaled in steam or on a handkerchief will be helpful
Teas made from warming and spicy ginger and cinnamon will help to relieve it.