What is a migraine?
Most of us will get a headache from time to time. In fact, the intensity of migraines can vary between moderate to severe. Other characteristics of migraine can include nausea, light and noise sensitivity or worsening pain with exertion.About the common belief that migraine headaches are one-sided-usually they are, but not always: they can occur on both temples or even in the back of the head.
Can migraines be prevented?
Just keeping a headache diary and tracking triggers can go a long way to preventing pain.
Regular exercise may reduce migraines. And there may be some evidence that natural remedies such as magnesium, feverfew and butterbur root could have beneficial effects as well.
There’s a place for a pain reliever, whether it’s aspirin, ibuprofen or prescription medication. But proceed with caution: medication overuse or ‘rebound’ headaches can result from popping pills more than three days a week on a regular basis. Some people swear by alternative, drug-free treatments like massage, biofeedback or acupuncture.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps reduce migraines. Apple cider vinegar also offers health benefits like aiding detoxification, controlling blood sugar, regulating high blood pressure, reducing bone pain, promoting weight loss and relieving constipation.
1. Add one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.
2. Mix in one tablespoon of honey.
3. Small spoon of cinnamon
4. Drink this daily to prevent as well as treat migraines.
2. Ice Pack
Using an ice pack is perhaps the most popular home remedy to get rid of tension as well as migraine headaches. It has a numbing effect that alleviates pain.
• Wrap a few ice cubes in a clean towel and place it on your temples, forehead and/or the back of your neck for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat as needed.
• You can also try alternating hot and cold compresses for about 15 minutes, as needed. For better results, add lavender and/or peppermint essential oils to the water for the compress.
The anti-inflammatory property of peppermint helps soothe the nerves. Plus, it has an antispasmodic and calming effect. Simply drink peppermint tea sweetened with honey. Repeat as needed.
• You can also massage each of your temples with one drop of peppermint essential oil or a combination of peppermint and lavender oils. Leave it on for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Do this a few times a day until you get relief.
4. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is a great home remedy for migraines because it stimulates circulation and improves blood flow. Plus, it contains capsaicin, a compound that works as a natural painkiller.
1. Mix one-half to one teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a cup of warm water.
2. Optionally, add some lemon juice and honey to improve the taste as well as health benefits.
3. Drink this as needed.
Chamomile has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and soothing properties that help relieve migraines. Regularly drinking chamomile tea can also help prevent the problem.
It blocks prostaglandins, which are chemicals that promote muscle contractions, impact hormones and regulate inflammation in blood vessels in the brain. Most non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), too, work by reducing the production of these chemicals.
• Drink ginger tea a few times throughout the day until you get relief. Make sure to drink it at the onset of your headache. Simply chewing on a piece of raw ginger root will also help treat the problem and relieve symptoms like nausea and digestive distress.