This is a guest post written by Kacey Mya
If you suffer from migraines, you know that they can be debilitating. A migraine isn’t just a “really bad headache” and they can actually stop you from going to work and carrying on your daily life. Migraines are a serious and common health concern for many people.
If you feel like you’ve tried all the medicine out there that’s supposed to cure migraines and nothing is working, it’s time to try some natural at-home remedies and preventative measures.
What is a Migraine?
Migraines are very different from headaches. You can tell whether you have a headache or a migraine based on the symptoms you are having. For instance, most people see visual auras before they get a migraine, which are lines or spots appearing in your vision. Migraine pain is normally throbbing on one side of the head or both and often causes pain behind the eyes.
Nausea, weakness and constant yawning are some other signs that you have a migraine instead of a headache. Also, if light and noise make the pain worse, you probably have a migraine. Almost 87% of patients experience symptoms before the migraine begins, which can actually be beneficial so that they can catch it early and take measures to lessen the severity of the migraine.
Though many people interchange the words headache and migraine, they are very different problems and should be treated as such. Natural remedies, such as the ones listed here, can be effective in lessening migraine symptoms or even preventing migraines from occurring in the first place.
Lavender and peppermint oil are great at relieving the symptoms of a migraine. Lavender oil has been proven to lessen the severity of a migraine when inhaled for 15 minutes while symptoms are occurring. Peppermint oil is known to provide a cooling effect on skin and increase blood flow where applied.
Applying both lavender and peppermint oil directly to your temples, forehead and the back of your neck will create the perfect blend of calming and numbing to soothe your migraine. You can also diffuse them along with other headache-curing oils if you have a diffuser or make a blend by diluting them with coconut oil if they are too strong for you.
Certain herbs are effective at preventing and treating migraines. Feverfew and butterbur are both proven to prevent migraines when taken daily. Feverfew has long been known as a medicinal herb, used to combat fevers and cure headaches. Butterbar is an anti-inflammatory herb that also helps blood flow to the brain, reducing headaches. These can both be found in organic supplements that will help fight off migraines when taken daily.
Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which is why it is an effective remedy for migraines. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation. Since many headaches and migraines are caused by inflammation in the head, foods that have high omega-3 levels will help prevent and cure migraine symptoms. Flaxseed can be taken as an oil or as ground or whole seeds, so you can make it a part of your everyday diet.
Here’s a great reason to set aside some me-time and take a bath. Taking a detox bath will not only help cleanse your body, but it will also get rid of toxins in your body that make you sick and give you those nasty migraines. For the most effective bath, fill the tub with water as hot as you can handle, then soak in the water as it cools. This will bring all of the toxins to the surface and release them from your body.
To get added benefits, add one cup of baking soda to the water to kill bacteria and make your skin smooth. You can also add essential oils to your bath water, like lavender and peppermint.
Your diet may be what is causing your migraines, so it can be worthwhile to analyze your diet and change it if necessary. Keep a food log for two weeks or a month, making note of everything you eat and marking down when you get migraines. Then, take a look at the log and see if there is any correlation between foods you eat and when you get migraines. You can even ask a dietician or doctor for help with this.
You may find that you need more water in your diet and less dehydrating coffee and soda. To accomplish this, add fruits and veggies with a lot of water in them, like cucumbers. You may also try cutting gluten out of your diet to see if your migraines are a result of a gluten sensitivity.
Your diet can play a large part in how you feel every day and there are many possibilities of how food effects your health, so this remedy may take some experimentation, but it will be worth it if you can cure your migraines.
Migraines are relentless, so don’t feel bad if medications and doctor’s orders don’t take away your migraines completely. Try these natural remedies to prevent and treat your migraine symptoms so you can get back on your feet!
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.