Natural Remedies for Chronic Migraines
When you have a migraine, you can’t function in your everyday life. You’re in pain, you’re sensitive to light and sound, and you may be terribly nauseous.
The good news is there are some natural remedies available to help you treat your migraine headache symptoms.
Feverfew is an herb known to calm the severity of headache pain. This supplement can be taken in capsule, tincture or tea form. Studies suggest it can be taken once daily for up to four months to reduce severity of migraines as well. It’s available at pharmacies and health stores nationwide.
Essential oils have elements and qualities that help relieve pain. The most common are peppermint (reduces inflammation), lavender (de-stresses), frankincense (reduces inflammation) and eucalyptus (improves blood flow). Oils can be applied topically or dispersed in the air with a diffuser.
When you have a severe migraine, you might be too sore to be touched. However, if you can stand to be massaged, it may help calm your body and lessen the level of your pain.
Massage relieves muscle tension and releases "feel good" hormones such as endorphins and serotonin.
Other natural remedies for chronic migraine sufferers are all about prevention.
Being aware of your specific triggers and other common ones can help you stop a migraine before it starts.
We know that stress is unavoidable. You’re busy, and more demands are put on you all the time.
We also know that stress may trigger migraines, so taking time to relax is imperative to fight the onset of migraines.
Relaxation may include practicing yoga, meditating, finding a quiet place to sit still for a while, going for a walk, or taking a hot bath.
Be proactive with your stress and you may have less frequent migraines.
Foods that are high in sugar and caffeine are common migraines triggers. Alcohol consumption is too. Make sure you drink adequate amounts of water to prevent dehydration, and try to eat nutrient rich fruits and vegetables.
Try to figure out what specific foods causing your migraines. Eliminating these foods from your diet is the best way to identify which ones are to blame. Although that can be a tough process, knowing what to avoid will definitely benefit you in the long run
Magnesium is a key nutrient that helps prevent migraines. Foods like spinach, almonds, black beans and dark chocolate are all high in magnesium. You might also want to consider adding a magnesium supplement to your diet.
Better Sleep Patterns
You might not realize how much your sleeping habits can impact your migraines. It’s a good idea to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. When you have a regular routine, it helps your brain know what to expect – sleep inconsistencies may lead to migraines.
Document Your Migraines
It’s important to keep track of what your triggers might be. Documenting your experiences will help you discover patterns and determine what to avoid and when to avoid it.
No two migraine sufferers are alike. Everyone has different triggers and experiences migraines in a different way. Having an outline will also help you facilitate a conversation with your healthcare provider.
Like with many conditions with no known direct cause, treating migraines can be difficult and take trial and error. Consulting with an expert should be your first course of action.