If you frequently get PMS headaches it might excite you to know that there are natural ways to not only get rid of the headache but also prevent it from ever occurring.
The first thing you need to know is what causes PMS headaches. Here are some common causes:
- Forward head position (common in people who use the computer a lot and struggle to see the screen)
- Low blood sugar
- Low protein levels
- Trigger points in the neck, back and shoulder muscles
- Hormone imbalances
Now that we know some of the more common reasons why we get headaches, here are three things you can do to get rid of them naturally:
This is for headaches that result from a trigger point. One recent medical study said more than 90% of headaches are caused by trigger points in the neck and back.
In your case, the hormonal fluctuations of the body during your period would activate the trigger points and produce a headache.
A trigger point is a knot found in your muscles that interferes with blood flow. For example, you could have a trigger point in your neck muscle between the back of the skull and the neck or between the neck and your shoulder.
Feel around these areas and see if you feel a hard knot. If you do, take a pencil and press the eraser side down onto the trigger point. It will hurt temporarily, but the compression on a trigger point should be exactly what is needed to start to make the trigger point dissolve.
It can take up to 2 minutes for the trigger point to dissolve but once it does you will begin to feel better right away.
Please keep in mind that you may have more than one trigger point so be sure to look around your neck and shoulders.
2 – Apply oil
As we mentioned above another common cause of PMS headaches is muscle tension.
Top relieve muscle tension you should apply an essential oil blend that you can create yourself.
First purchase a small 4 ounce bottle of almond oil at the natural health food store. Pick up a small ½ ounce or 1 ounce bottle of lavender oil, rose oil, and/or chamomile essential oils. When you get home, place about a tablespoon of almond oil into the palm of your hand. Add a drop or two of the essential oils you purchased. Mix and rub it into your tight muscles. This will begin to relax your muscles that are contracted and your headache will be relieved.
3 – Eat better
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are another leading cause of PMS headaches.
For example, magnesium deficiency has particularly been tied to headaches, even painful migraines that occur with nausea.
One way to ensure you get the magnesium you need to avoid a period headache is to take Period Vitamin. Look for one with 300 to 500 mg of magnesium.
You should also eat more healthy foods like spinach, kale, lettuce, etc. In fact, eating a big salad daily is a great way to prevent menstrual headaches.