Home Remedies for Migraines

Home Remedies for Migraines
Home Remedies for Migraines

Migraine Suffering and Relief

People who suffer with migraine headaches know all too well the brain-thumping, nauseating, unbearable pain that accompanies them. Often, it seems that nothing will make the pain subside and the only option is lying in a dark bedroom praying for relief. Migraines are more than mere headaches and finding any relief is a blessing for those who suffer from them. Home remedies for migraines are not cures but more ways to hopefully avoid the triggers that cause the migraines and provide some type of relief when they do occur.

Preventative Actions

Some of the most basic steps a person can do to help with their migraines is to take steps to prevent them from occurring. Some of those are outlines below.

Many doctors believe that stress plays a large role in migraines. It may not be possible to live a totally stress free life, avoiding as much stress as possible can be a preventative measure to help stave off the migraine attacks. There are also stress relieving activities like yoga and meditation that may be helpful in preventing migraines by simply preventing stress.

Diet and fluid intake may also play a role in migraine attacks. Eating a healthy diet that aids in keeping the body healthy and also keeps the bowels moving properly is thought to help prevent migraines. Drinking the recommended eight glasses of water daily will help keep the body free of toxins which will also help prevent migraines.

Certain foods have been shown to trigger migraines and should be avoided by people that have a tendency to get them. These include chocolate, cheese, foods made with MSG added and processed foods such as hotdogs that have nitrates added to them.

As shown here, a healthy lifestyle is recommended for preventing migraines. Eating right, drinking plenty of fluids, exercise and avoiding stress will help create an overall healthy body and mind.

Old Home Remedies

In addition to preventative medication for migraines, there are home remedies that have been handed down from one generation to the next for many years. These may not work for everyone and it may take experimenting with various ones to find one that does work.
  • Solitude: A dark, quiet room with no disruptions for 24 hours has helped many migraine sufferers find relief. The room should be coo with plenty of fresh air and warm covers.
  • Relaxation: Add a cup of hot tea with honey to the solitude suggestion to facilitate relaxing the body.
  • Massage: Have someone massage the back of the neck and head with their fingertips. The pressure should be focused on the neck area on both the right and left side of the spinal column. Small circular motions should be continued until some relief is felt. Many people add cold compresses to the eyes while receiving the massage.
  • Wrap the head in cool, wet towels and lie down flat. The coolness of the towel will help the blood vessels constrict and stop the pain.

Dietary Remedies: Many people swear by certain foods or beverages for helping to ease migraines. Some of those foods include:
  • Plain baked potato, no salt or butter.
  • Lemon or pineapple fruit juice ice cubes. This cold, fruity remedy sooths the throat and may help with nausea.
  • Tomatoes simmered with basil and topped with vinegar.

A lack of magnesium has been shown to be a culprit in migraine headaches. Adding green leafy vegetables to the diet will help increase magnesium and prevent migraines. Nuts and fruits also contain magnesium and can be used in the diet as well. It is thought that the magnesium helps to keep the blood vessels relaxed which prevents migraines.

Herbal remedies that are thought to work to reduce migraine pain include:
  • Hot tea, particularly vervain, basil, peppermint or lavender tea. Peppermint oil can be added to any herbal tea to help relieve migraines and particularly added to any of these indicated here.
  • Lavender oil rubbed into the temple area.
  • Fennel or basil inhalant: Use the oils of either of these to create a vapor that is inhaled. Pour the oil into boiling water and inhale the vapor.
  • Oregano: Oregano contains thymol which is believed to help stop migraine pain. The spice can be ground into powder then inhaled into the sinus cavity or made into oil by steeping the leaf in mineral oil. This oil is then applied to the forehead.
  • Lemongrass oil or chamomile oil can be mixed with sunflower oil and applied directly to the temples.

As shown here, there are many home remedies that have been tried to assist with migraines and the pain associated with them. The ideas presented here are merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things people have tried to get relief from migraines.

Ultimately, if the migraine does not go away, a doctor should be consulted to determine if there is something medically wrong or something else that can be tried.