Pain or discomfort in the head is quite common in both men and women. It’s often related to stress, anxiety, injury or depression. Alcohol, some infections, overworking, lack of food or sleep, and sometimes street drugs are the common factors that may finally lead to migraines and severe headaches.
There are different types of headaches, such as sinus headache, cluster headaches, tension headaches, and migraines, based on the area, their frequency, cause and severity. Many OTC medications can help manage the condition along with few natural herbs and supplements like celery.
You should drink plenty of water and juices to maintain your electrolytes and an healthy balance of inflammatory nutrients in the juice that are quickly absorbed with additional hydration.
Celery (Apium Graveolens), is a tall, slender plant with small segmented leaves, and white flowers. Brown, small and tan seeds, found right inside the flowers of this plant, are rich in volatile oils, many chemical compounds and flavonoids that are directly responsible for biological activity.
Celery can be used to treat gout, joint pain, nervousness, hysteria, weight loss due to malnutrition, exhaustion, and loss of appetite. Celery also promotes sleep and relaxation, it acts as a digestive aid and kills bacteria in the urinary tract. It’s also used to control intestinal gas, to start menstruation, to boost sexual desire, to stimulate glands, to reduce breast milk flow, and for blood purification.
You can get celery products as dried or fresh seeds, capsules, tablets, juices, seed oils, and extracts, and have been widely used in oriental medicine for treating variety of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
Te seeds and fruit of celery plant are dried or pressed into oil for extensive use as a medicine. You can also get celery oil in the form of capsules. Many people love celery juice due to its medicinal properties. In fact, this juice was used by ancient Greeks to make wine, which was widely served as an award at athletic games.
What The Link Between Celery And Headache?
Celery seeds can be used to prepare tinctures that can help relieve headaches that last for hours or days, according to Dr. Timothy Field Allen, author of the famous book “handbook of Materia, Medica and Homeopathic Therapeutics.” In fact, author also recommends use of celery seed tinctures for treating severe headaches over temple and eye area that last all the night, and also for throbbing aches around the temple.
Paul Pitchford, author of “Healing with Whole Foods,” recommends a combination of celery juice and lemon juice to treat headaches due to excessive heat and high blood pressure. Celery can also ensure relief for sunken eyeball feeling, throbbing headaches and lack of sleep due to stress, which often aggravate headaches, says Dr. William Boericke in the book “Pocket Manual of Homeopathic Materia Medica.”
How does it work?
Celery juice ensures cooling effect and balances the body electrolytes, which is helpful in stopping headaches in their tracks. The chemicals in celery induce sleepiness, decrease fluid retention, increase urine secretion, decrease blood pressure, decrease arthritis symptoms, decrease blood clotting, reduce blood sugar, and ensure muscle relaxation.
Celery products are completely safe for use by general population although mild allergic reactions including shortness of breath and rashes may sometimes occur. Pregnant ladies should avoid using this supplement as it can lead to uterine contractions, bleedings and miscarriage. You should avoid this herb if you’ve kidney inflammation. Celery can also interfere with some diuretic and blood thinning medications.
It’s best to discuss with your doctor before using any celery product to determine if its best for you. Avoid taking celery seeds from any garden packet as they’re treated with various harmful chemicals. Also, production of herbal supplements in the United States is not regulated by FDA. Ensure purity and safety of the product before consuming it.
Other Juices That Help A Headache
Pineapple – It is rich in many anti-inflammatory compounds, one of them being bromelain, which is said to reduce headaches due to reduction in inflammation.
Dark Leafy Greens – It is high in potassium, magnesium, and calcium which have muscle and nerve relaxing effects thus reducing tension headaches and inflammation.
Lemon – It offers huge anti-inflammatory benefits as it is rich in Vitamin C.
Cucumber – It has good cooling effect and being a watery vegetable it offers a hydrating juice.
Ginger – Currently there is huge interest in ginger for reducing headaches due to its ability to decrease prostaglandin production and reduction in histamine and inflammation. In a 2009 study published in Phytotherapy Research, 400 participants with migraine were given either sumatriptan or ginger right at the onset of six subsequent headaches. Ginger powder and sumatriptan were found ot have similar effect on migraine relief.
Some Interesting Juice Combinations For You
2 green apples + 1 cucumber + 1 bunch of spinach + ¼ lemon
2 carrots + 2 green apples + 1 fennel + a bunch of watercress + ¼ lemon
2 green apples + 6 ribs celery + 8-10 leaves of kale +¼ lemon + a thumb-sized ginger root
1 oz wheatgrass juice with a squeeze of lemon
2 green apples + 2 ribs celery + 1 bitter gourd (about 6 inches) + ¼ lemon
¼ medium-sized watermelon +½ honeymelon +¼ lemon slice + a thumb-size ginger
2 medium-sized beetroot + 1 cucumber + ½ lemon
1 cucumber + 1 fennel + 6-8 kale leaves + ½ pineapple¼ lemon