Being a long-time sufferer of migraine headaches since I was in grade school, I know what it's like to deal with these headaches. They usually start because of emotional tension in the form of stress.
The neck muscles or tissue in the upper shoulders tense up and restrict normal blood flow to the head. The next thing you experience, is tightness around your eyes, you might experience “auras", or pain in other areas of your head.
My migraine headaches make their presence known by producing the auras. It's never the same each time, but if I don't get rest fast, the aura restricts my vision to a point where I'm unable to drive, and I get nauseous. If you're anything like me, you're tired of popping aspirin each time the onsets occur, and you want preventive relief.
Here are 7 natural ways to relieve your migraines, and possibly prevent them from happening. The best part is, they are affordable, and most of the herbs in this article are safer than prescription medication.
1) Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)
If you mix peppermint oil with a little lavender oil and rub your temples gently, this will help speed relief. You can also experiment with adding eucalyptus as well.
2) Garlic (Allium Sativum),
and Onion. It's been documented that the platelet cells that help with blood clotting are also associated with relieving migraine headaches. Garlic and onion simply makes these cells less active, and assists in thinning the blood.
3) Willow (Salix, various species).
Derived from extracts of the willow tree, willow bark is used as an analgesic, and an anti-inflammatory. Willow bark contains salicylates that might present a safety risk to people that have a sensitivity to aspirin, and children with flu-like symptoms due to Reye's syndrome. Herbalists recommend 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of white willow herb.
4) Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium)
Famous for preventing and curing migraines. What makes this herb great, is the fact that you can rinse and eat a few leaves to prevent and relieve migraine headaches, as well as other types of headaches. the bad news is, the leaves don't taste good. The best solution is to seep four to eight leaves in hot water (not boiling) and serve as a tea.
5) Ginkgo (Kinko Biloba)
Ginko improves blood flow through the brain tissue, and is usually best for those who experience frequent headaches. Try 60 to 240 milligrams a day. It's also available as an extract that you can drop in tea. Some tea manufactures provide ready made tea bags, but they don't offer the same potency. Ginko biloba might cause diarrhea, irritability and restlessness if you use too much.
6) Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)
This is a great inflammatory best used with another herb like Ginger. Curcumin is also in it's early stages of study for possible use in preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease.
7) Red Pepper (Capsicum)
The ingredient found in red pepper has been shown to prevent cluster headaches that are very similar to migraine headaches.
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