Migraines are really serious, and they feel as if your head is going to explode. The terrible pain comes packed with nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.
Experts at Mayo Clinic say that the main cause of migraines is still unknown, but sufferers can recognize their triggers. Your migraine may be caused by hormones, stress, light or a change in the barometric influence during a storm.
Over 36 million Americans deal with migraine as confirmed by the American Migraine Foundation. One in four families have a member who deals with a migraine.
That’s why home remedies are more than welcome in your case.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Vicks VapoRub
Alison Jacobson, the blogger that operates with Safety Mom, explains that applying Vicks VapoRub on her temples and forehead helped her relieve the pain almost instantly.
The Department of Neurology at Thomas Jefferson University found that the intense pain disappeared within two hours of the use of Vicks VapoRub.
Peppermint essential oil can be of great help, too. Combine it with water and coconut oil, and apply the resulting mixture on your forehead and temples. Your pain will disappear in 30 minutes.
2. Ice and banana peel compress
This may be pretty strange for you, but banana peels act like potassium-packed cold compresses. Applying cold compresses on your head and neck will relieve your pain.
3. Olive oil
A research conducted by the Division of Adolescent Medicine in Providence, RI, found that olive oil and fish oil can reduce the frequency and span of the pain.
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids build blocks of hormones that regulate the blood clotting process, contraction and ease of artery walls and inflammation as explained by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
4. Lavender oil
Add two drops of lavender in a pot of boiling water to relieve your pain. Inhale the vapors. According to a research published in European Neurology, inhaling lavender essential oil for 15 minutes can help you treat your headache.
Lavender has the power to treat anxiety, boost mood, relieve muscle spasms and lower high blood pressure.
Flaxseed is a superfood, and even ancient Egyptians used to eat it to treat constipation, hot flashes and breast pain. It lowers cholesterol and migraines.
Flaxseed is packed with fiber and omega-3 fatty acids which improve brain function and lower the risk of heart disease. Add flaxseed to your smoothies, oatmeal or just add it to your water.
The Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy has found that eating two teaspoons of honey with your meals will reduce the frequency of the attacks.
Take a tablespoon of honey when you notice the first signs of migraine. Honey is absorbed straight in the bloodstream and you get an instant remedy.
7. Peanut butter and ginger
Holistic therapists swear by the efficiency of these two. Make a paste using peanut butter and grated ginger. Apply this to your temples, and the body will get enough magnesium and arginine.
Migraine sufferers have low magnesium levels. Arginine is a precursor to nitric oxide which acts as a blood vessel-widening agent. Combine these two to deliver the right amount of remedy to your body.
8. Neck stretches
Tension will make your migraine even worse. Stretch for 20 minutes twice a day to prevent the pain.
Move your chin forward, upward and toward your shoulders. Hold your head in each position for five seconds and rest for five seconds. Shoulder shrugs and neck isometrics can also be helpful. Press your palm against your forehead and each side of the head.