Yesterday my body gave me a strong reminder that I need to take care of her. It came in the form of a headache. Often times our body speaks to us and it is up to us to recognise the messages. I always try to slow down and take note.
Stop to listen. Breathe into your body. And then take gentle action.
I am grateful that my headache is gone today. I would like to share some of my simple healing tips with you. These work wonders for me and perhaps they can help you the next time you are in a similar situation.
- Grab that bottle of lavender essential oil and dab a drop on your temples and neck. It helps to relax and calm you. This is one of the few essential oils that can be applied directly onto the skin.
- Down lots of water (and lemon juice) to detox. We all know this one, right? Yet I often simply forget. My current aim is three litres a day. Fill a bottle, keep it handy and make it easy.
- Take some Mag Phos tissue salts, as this often helps to relieve the tension; and it is also super for muscle cramps. I am a total fan of tissue salts.
- Give yourself a gentle head, neck and shoulders rub. Gently use your fingertips to massage your scalp slowly, up and down the back of your neck, across the tops of your shoulders and end it off by giving yourself a big self love hug. If you have a soulsister/soulbrother that can help you out, give her/him a shout. Share the healing light.
- Throw a handful or two of Epsom salts into a bath and soak it away. You could add a few drops of that lavender oil to it for a great scent extravaganza. It is a good detox and again, it works wonders for those sore muscles too. I realise this is a big no-no in Cape Town at the moment, given the water crises. So please be extremely mindful of your water usage, particularly if you live in South Africa, and let’s continue to pray and dance for rain. Check out how Nik saves water.
- Take yourself outside, even when you don’t feel like it. Walk slowly, hug a tree, find some water or just a tranquil spot to sit and breathe in the fresh air. Slowing down truly helps. Yesterday I struggled to go out, but it was the real turning point of my day.
Listen. Breathe. Act gently.
- And when all else fails, lie down on your yoga mat or bed, put an eye cushion or damp towel over your eyes and simply rest. The body often only needs to slow down enough so that it can turn it’s focus to healing.
Sometimes the headache is an indicator that something bigger is amiss. Don’t disregard that, and while you can work with your body to figure out what is going on by asking questions, don’t hesitate if you need medical advice.
How do you support yourself when you have a headache? Please share your tips forward with us here. I’d love to hear what works for you, and if you know of someone else that would find these tips helpful, please send them this link.
with big healing hugs, Delicia xxx
(Please note these tips are not meant to treat or diagnose, they are purely shared suggestions from my own experiences in order to support you in your own healing. If you need medical attention, please don’t hesitate to seek professional help.)