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FYI SOUTH Magazine, June 2007

Making your headache disappear in just five minutes...without pills

--By Lanna Chen, Store Manager of Saje Dadun Branch Translated by Cara Steenstra

Thousands of years ago, Egyptians used various plant extracts and oils in various forms, including inhalation, soaking, bathing and massage, to create positive effects on the body, mind and soul. We now know this as a form of aromatherapy.
Modern-day humans are constantly under negative stresses from work and environment. Incorrect postures and stress cause muscular tension, so that many people take aspirin and other painkillers to ease these symptoms. In the long run, however, overuse of medication can easily cause strain on our internal organs and, thus, is not a good strategy.

It is possible to let your body experience a most natural, gentle re-awakening through the use of organic plant materials. When you experience the onset of a headache, you can try pressure point massaging as a treatment. First, massage your forehead and temples for five minutes, then place two fingers on the middle of your forehead at your hairline and gently massage all the way down to your temples on both sides. Use your thumb to massage the pressure point behind your ears, while your other fingers continue to massage the back of your head. Do this for three to five seconds continuously, then relax for two seconds and repeat for up to 10 times.

If your headache has not lifted by now, you can try using pure plant extracts such as peppermint, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus and other aromatherapy roll-ons to help ease the pain. However, it is best to use extracts that are pure and untouched by pollution, such as wild organic plants that have not been affected by pesticides.
Remember, just a tiny amount will do. For headaches and migraines, just dab along your hairline and your temples. After a few minutes, the oils will slowly warm up and provide you with a cooling sensation as you will gradually experience their soothing effects. This is excellent for people who are constantly under stress, have nervous tension or experience physical and mental fatigue, as well as those who often have headaches.
If you're still taking medication for your headaches, why not go the natural route and try aromatherapy for a change?

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