It is easy to take an over the counter painkiller to relieve a headache, or a muscle relaxer to relieve tension but how many of those pills do you actually take in a day, week or even a month? For most with stressful lives who suffer from tension you probably do not even realise how reliant on them you can become. Something you may not know is that some of those pills may even be causing the recurrence of your pain, for instance, a rebound headache!
Now we all know there are benefits to drinking seven to eight glasses of water a day! But did you know that water is one of nature’s most natural painkillers and works for us in a number of different ways?
- Relieves Headaches
Research has shown that one of the causes of a headache was fatigue and a big cause of fatigue itself is dehydration. Drinking several glasses of water a day also eases and prevents certain types of headaches.
- Warm Water Soaks
Research has shown over the years that warm water soaks work on all sorts of musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, lower back pain, and fibromyalgia. Soaking for a prolonged time and drinking lots of water tends to give longer lasting relief.
- Water Births
Warm water births are becoming more popular as parents are looking for a more natural and drug-free solutions to giving birth. A water birth is said to be very soothing and relaxing for both the mother and baby said to reduce the risk of foetal complications and stress for both mother and child.
There are many different oils and herbs that work well when mixed with water which can help with anything from headaches, sleep; muscle soaks to clearing a head cold.
- Detoxing Bath
Essential oils, when mixed in a nice hot bath or used as a shower gel, can help detox your body by providing various antioxidants have anti-inflammatory benefits which are essential for flushing out impurities from the body for a healthy glowing skin.
- Soothing and Relaxing
Various herbs have been known to create a soothing and calming effect when made into oils or salts and combined in a steamy bath. Helping one to relax and sleep better.
- Relieve Anxiety and Stress
Lavender oil has been used to improve skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It is also known for its soothing properties and is great for relieving anxiety and stress.
- Fight Colds and Respiratory Problems
Eucalyptus Soaks and Shower Gels, especially when combined with Lavender are known to help fight off symptoms of the flu, sinusitis and various allergy symptoms.
- Aches, pains, memory improvement and digestive health
looking to ease those muscle pains or a lower back ache Rosemary mixed with lemon in either a shower gel or as a bath soak has been known to help with these. It can also be beneficial to your digestive system and it has been said to improve memory.
So before reaching for those over the counter or prescription painkillers take a moment and give the healing power of water a try. Draw yourself and hot bath and fill it with essential oils, dim the lights and or place some nice candles safely around it. Taking a long fresh class of water with you and maybe a refill jug and go relax in the tub. Remember to drink the water whilst you are in there and not only should it release the pain, ease your tension and relax you but it will leave your skin feeling and smelling great giving you an instant pick me up.