It is always a lot easier to prevent migraine than to treat it. If you suffer from migraine headaches, you need to find out what triggers them. It can be lack of sleep, certain food, alcohol, bright light or loud noises. Keeping a journal sometimes helps to identify what factors provoke your headaches and find the right treatment.
There are plenty of over-the-counter painkillers and prescribed medicines available to ease the pain and eliminate symptoms of migraine. However, I personally, find home remedies for migraine headaches a lot safer and more effective as they help to eliminate the cause of migraine not just the symptoms and usually don’t have any serious side-effects.
Home remedies include:
1. Migraine relief diet. It is important to incorporate plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, grains, nuts, yogurt and fish. Chocolate, preserved or tinned foods, greasy and processed foods, white flour products and cheese should be avoided as those foods are among the main triggers of migraine headaches. It is also suggested to drink plenty of water and avoid over-eating.
2. Exercise plays a great role in preventing migraine headaches. Daily exercise helps to reduce stress, ease muscle tension and improve blood circulation. Fresh air helps to make any exercise twice more effective in eliminating headaches. Types of outdoor activities like 30 minute walk in the park, riding a bike, playing tennis, volleyball, basketball, soccer or jogging three times a week cuts migraine attacks frequency in half.
3. Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to treat migraine headaches. Certain essential oils can be added while taking a bath or used for massages or inhalations to eliminate pain and promote full relaxation of the body. For example, chamomile is used for deep relaxation during migraine attacks. It decreases worry, anger and hyperactivity. Rosemary and Peppermint are used to eliminate sharp piercing pain during migraine attack, while Lemon has been found very effective for treating mild pain and lethargy. Other essential oils used for treating migraine are Lavender, Melissa and Sweet marjoram.
4. Acupuncture and acupressure are two types of widely known therapies that help to treat underlying causes of migraine headaches. Acupressure is a technique based on the same principles as acupuncture, but unlike the last one it can be done by at home or at work by the migraine sufferer himself.
First massage your head with your fingers as you would do while washing your hair. It will increase the blood circulation to your head and help to eliminate pain. Second very effective method involves placing your thumbs on your neck right at the base of your scull (on either side of your spinal column). After that slightly tilt your head back and press you thumbs upward. Breathe deeply and slowly as do it. Keep pressing for about two minutes then release the pressure.
5. Herbal medicines can sometimes be a lot safer and more effective than your prescribed drugs. For example, Feverfew contains an active ingredient called parthenolide that was proven to relief migraines as it helps to prevent blood cloths. However, Feverfew must be taken every day for several weeks, before an effect can be felt, not just during the migraine attacks. Other herbs beneficial for preventing and treating migraine are Ginger, Peppermint, Kava kava, Rosemary, Lavender, St. John’s wort, Jamaican dogwood, Chamomile and Fennel. Before you take any of those herbs consult an herbalist to help you identify the right dosage and mixture of herbs that will be the most helpful for you.
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