When it comes to relieving a menstrual headache at home, there are three primary treatments you can use:
1) Herbal supplements and oils
2) Manual massage therapies
3) Vitamins and minerals
Let’s take a closer look at all three treatments:
1 – Herbal supplements and essential oils
Herbs can be a great way to relieve the pain of a headache experienced during menstruation. In particular, herbs like shizandra, ashwaganda, ginkgo, suma, curcumin, cat’s claw, ginger and willow bark, feverfew and butterbur are effective. Your may find supplements that contain more than one of these herbs – simply follow the directions on the supplement label and you should feel better fast.
In addition to herbs you may want to look into applying essential oils such as lavender, peppermint oil and eucalyptus. Here’s what to do – add a few drops of one or more of these oils to a few ounces of almond oil, mix and then apply the solution to your forehead, neck and upper back.
2 – Manual massage therapies
In this case you will want to locate trigger points on your body and then press on them. It may be easier to do a search on Google to find the exact locations of your trigger points. Four common locations are:
1. Approximately one inch down from the base of the skull and oneinch off the midline
2. Another inch down from point #1
3. The point halfway between the top of your shoulders and the spine
4. The front of your neck underneath your clavicle
The trigger points should feel like hard knots. You will want to press on them until they dissolve and go away. You may have to press four or five times to ge them to go away.
Another approach would be to apply a hot or cold pack on your forehead or on the back of your neck. Cold packs will help numb the pain and hot packs will increase blood circulation and loosen up the trigger points.
3 – Vitamins and minerals
Here you will want to take a variety of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E and B complex?
These essential nutrients act either as antioxidants that get rid of headache-causing free radicals or they act directly on the muscles to make them relax.
A simpler way to ensure you get the nutrients you need to avoid headaches during menstruation is to take a Period Vitamin. Period Vitamin experts have determined the best dosages of these vitamins and minerals to ensure your body gets the support it needs during your period.
Headaches and other PMS symptoms are often caused by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. That’s why a Period Vitamin makes such an effective first line of defense against headaches as well as back aches, cramps and more common symptoms of PMS.