Home Solutions for Migraines
Migraines can range from mild to debilitating. They can last for a short time to 72 hours or more. When you’re having one, you just want them to stop. Symptoms vary from person to person but may include headache, blind spots, flashing lights, nausea, vomiting, tingling in the arms and legs, pressure in the chest, hypersensitivity to light, sound, smells and neck aches.
Being aware of the triggers can help prevent them, but often they come on suddenly and without warning. Some causes may be allergies, loud noises, dehydration, irregular sleep stress, low blood sugar, smoking, fatigue, bright lights, anxiety, and/or hormonal fluctuations.
Though there’s no cure for migraines, we can manage them. But in the event, you find yourself in the onset of a migraine, here are a few home remedies you can try:
*The Drink: 1-2 teaspoons of Apple Cider vinegar, in 8 oz of water and 1 tablespoon of honey often cuts the migraine in half or stops it cold.
*CBD Pain Rub (75 mg) across the forehead, on the temples and either side of the neck has effectively stopped mine. I rub it on, close my eyes and relax. I’ve done this in the car and typically the pain is gone in minutes.
*Ice Pack. Alternate on your face and the back of your neck. Or better yet, have two ice packs. This reduces inflammation and has a calming affect on the muscles that may be causing the migraine. This works for a common headache too.
*Peppermint is also an anti-inflammatory and has a soothing effect on nerves. It’s also good for calming the tummy as a tea. You can use essential oils and often just smelling it quiets the migraine.
*Cayenne Pepper (1/2 teaspoon) mixed with warm water, lemon and honey (to taste) appears to have an overall body balancing effect. Drink it at the first sign of a migraine.
*Ginger blocks chemicals that cause muscle contractions that have gone amuck. It also can regulate and rebalance constricted blood vessels in the brain impacted by inflammation or hormone imbalances. Ginger tea at the onset of symptoms and through out the day can thwart a severe attack. You might even just chew on a slice of ginger root.
* Chamomile tea sipped daily as a preventative measure has an overall soothing effect on the body but is especially known for its antispasmodic properties.
*Massage is one of the best ways to stop and/or prevent migraines due to blocking of the pain signals sent to the brain. It improves your lymphatic system, stimulates serotonin receptors and reminds the muscles what a relaxed state feels like. Be sure you find a licensed massage therapist that knows their way around the nerve/muscle relationship. I use Akemi at Massage Hero. You can find her at www.massagehero.org
* Feverfew (new to me but exciting) is an herb containing a compound that relieves spasms in smooth muscles. It stops pain signals in its tracks—which also makes it great for menstrual cramps. Prepared as a tea or a capsule.
*Apples –eating or smelling them can reduce the severity of the attack and shorten the length of the episode.
* Coffee, my favorite, can reduce migraine symptoms but we aware coffee for some people is also a trigger for a migraine. To speed the caffeine to your system, add a couple drops of lemon.
The best way to avoid migraines is to prevent them. If you know what triggers them, you can manage them effectively. But once you’ve been ceased by one, try one or several of these home remedies. Good Luck!