Handling Headaches the Ayurveda Way

Handling Headaches the Ayurveda Way

By |2019-08-06T06:33:49-07:00September 10th, 2019|Ayurveda|

headacheBy 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!

About the Author:

Best-selling author Lissa Coffey (What’s Your Dosha, Baby?, Song Divine) has embodied the Ayurvedic lifestyle since before her first book came out in 1997. She teaches Ayurvedic principles and philosophy all over the world with her Ancient Wisdom, Modern Style approach. She’s been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and many other national and local TV outlets. Lissa has worked with Deepak Chopra, Vasant Lad, Vaidya Mishra and other renowned Ayurvedic luminaries.Tulsi Spa brings her vision of accessible Ayurvedic massage and treatments to Los Angeles, where she calls home.