I had a client reach out to me recently asking for help with her severe Barotmetirc Headaches. Now, I have heard of Barometric Headaches, but in all honesty, I had never worked with anyone who suffered with them. For those of you who are wondering what in the heck is a Barotmetic Headache let me start off with a brief description:
Can occur when the barometric pressure lowers outside, it creates a difference between the pressure in the outside air and the air in our sinuses. That can result in excruciating pain. It’s like when you’re on a plane the pressure changes with the altitude on takeoff, and when we land. A barometric pressure headache is often referred to as an altitude headache or a weather headache. They develop when there are changes in the both altitude and temperature.
A few of the main symptoms of barometric pressure headaches
- A headache can affect just one side of the head or be bilateral affecting both sides of the head.
- You may also feel as if you have a tight band of pressure around your head.
- By and large, the pain and discomfort are usually found behind the forehead and in the nasal bridge area. This is what gives you that pounding sensation.
- Pounding in the back or lower rear of the head
- nausea and vomiting
Changes in barometric pressure and temperature may increase stiffness in the joints and trigger subtle movements that heighten a nociceptive response. Such alteration of structure may be particularly problematic in inflammatory joints whose sensitized nociceptors are affected by movement. Change in barometric pressure may also cause a transient “disequilibrium” in body pressure that may sensitize nerve endings and account for increased pain preceding changes in temperature or humidity.
I decided to do some research and reach out to a few of my colleagues at The Wellness Universe.
I knew my first line of defense was going to be essential oils; unlike pain relievers that are commonly used to treat headaches, essential oils serve as a safer alternative. Essential oils can increase circulation and can provide a headache suffer some much-needed relief.
Here are A Few tips for alleviating the pain.
Take an anti-inflammatory:
Take a natural anti-inflammatory like AgilEase.
Inflammation is our enemy, so it is imperative we control its harmful effects. By taking a daily supplement like AgilEase, we will help minimize inflammation in our bodies.
Use a Diffuser:
Lay down in a quiet, dark room and diffuse these oils( one at a time or make a blend of your favorites) Use about 6 to 8 drops when using a single essential oil. If you’re going for a mixture, divide the oils evenly.
is a strong-smelling oil has analgesic has anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for nerve pain and muscle pain. It will clean out your sinuses at the same time, which can offer you relief from sinus headaches
Is great for back pain, muscle pain, headaches, and joint pain due to its antispasmodic and analgesic compounds.
Has as antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory compounds and is well known for being calming and soothing to the mind and body.
Drinking more water is a natural way to combat headaches. Since everyone has different requirements, you may want to try this hydration calculator to determine your hydration needs. (by adding Ginger Vitality Essential Oil you can help reduce inflammation which usually the cause of most headache pain)
Hot & Cold Compresses
Applying a hot or cold compress to upper back, neck, face, and head can be helpful. Add a few drops of either Peppermint, Clove, Rosemary, or Basil.
Nasal irrigation using only saline water to clean and flush away the build-up of mucus this is an excellent way to manage barometric headaches. It helps decrease pressure imbalances in this region and can give relief.
We can’t control the weather! Start a headache journal(this will help you track the times of year your headaches worsen) and keep up to date on your areas local weather patterns, you might just be able to manage your headaches effectively. Hopefully, these tips will help reduce the impact these headaches have on your daily life.
These tips are also helpful if you suffer from frequent headaches and migraines.
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Andrea holds a BS in Natural Health Sciences(Naturopathy), is a Certified Herbalist, Aromatherapist, and Certified Health & Wellness Coach; she is continually expanding her knowledge in all areas of health and wellness.