By Lissa Coffey
Do you get headaches? Most people do. But now that we know about Ayurveda, we have more tools we can use to manage this common condition. Headaches can be caused by indigestion, constipation, colds or flus, muscle tension, stress, anxiety, anger – a variety of different things. And they can also be aggravated by the weather, genetics, and many other factors.
A Vata headache is extremely painful, and anxiety and/or depression are usually present. To treat this headache, try taking some Triphala, drinking Vata herbal tea, and resting in a comfortable place.
A Pitta headache is one where the eyes are sensitive to light, and you feel hot, angry or irritable. Sometimes this is accompanied by a nose bleed. A beneficial treatment is to apply sandalwood oil to the third eye area, the temples, heart and under the nose to additionally benefit from the aroma. Spent time resting in a cool, dark room, and stay off the computer!
A Kapha headache is dull and heavy. You may feel tired and nauseous. Phlegm may be present. For this condition, basil is helpful, as an herb on food, or as a tea like Tulsi Tea. The aroma of eucalyptus oil is also beneficial.
Shirodara, a very warm oil head massage, is beneficial for overcoming any headache. We offer Shirodhara at Tulsi Spa. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re in for a real treat!