Managing Migraine Headaches...The Best Home Remedies
If you are a frequent migraine sufferer you know how miserable they can make you feel. Migraines are a beast to contend with, and sometimes when you feel one coming on all you can do is lay down, and bear it until it's over.
Migraines are a recurring type of headache. They cause moderate to severe pain that is throbbing or pulsing. The pain is often on one side of your head. You may also have other symptoms, such as nausea and weakness. You may be sensitive to light and sound. - Medline Plus
I suffer from migraines, and what I have learned over the years is that the best way to treat a migraine is through prevention. Learn what triggers migraines for you, and avoid those things, if you can. For me, I know eating gluten, high stress, and poor sleep are my biggest migraine triggers. So I try my best to on the migraine offense.
While I do my best to prevent migraines, I still get them on occasion. Unfortunately, ever migraine is a little different, so there is no one way to get rid of or minimize the symptoms. There are however, some home remedies that I use, and that may work for you as well.
Home Remedies For Managing Migraines Headaches
Dark Room - A dark room if often the first tool used to combat migraines, because usually during a migraine people become sensitive to light and sound.
Ice Packs - You can use an ice pack on your head during a migraine just like you would for any other part of your body in pain. The ice pack works to numb the area, and may ease the pain.
Caffeine - Caffeine is an analgesic and may offer pain relief. This is where knowing your body comes into play, because although caffeine may help for some people, it will exaggerate the migraine for others. For me, caffeine makes my migraines 10 times worse.
Meditation - Meditation is a technique used to focus your mind and clear your emotional state. Meditation will calm the body and relieve stress. As your stress level decreases, your migraine may dissipate.
Pressure Points - Applying pressure to pressure points will do wonders to ease a migraine. For migraine relief, take index fingers and apply pressure to the indentations on either side of the are where the bridge of the nose meets the ridge of the eyebrows for at least 10 seconds.
Chamomile Tea - Teas work wonders for all kinds of ailments. Chamomile tea in particular aids migraines by working as a mild sedative, and will help you relax and ease pain.
Essential Oils - My three favorite essential oils to use for a migraine are lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint oil. I use them in a diffuser and inhale them. The oils work to relieve stress, decrease nasal inflammation, and reduce sinus pressure.
Many chronic migraine sufferers may take prescription medication, but if you are looking for a natural remedy, many of these may work. What works all depends on the trigger for your migraine. If lack of sleep is the trigger for your migraine, then resting in a dark room may be the cure.
If you have a migraine, what tricks do you use to recover, besides use of prescription or over the counter medications? Do you take the holistic approach when possible, or find them to be of no use? Please share your experience!
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, registered dietitian, or fitness expert. The purpose of my blog is to share my experiences with food, fitness, and life—not to dole out medical advice. When it comes to your health and fitness, do your research and consult your doctor.