MIGRAINE headaches are one of the 20 most disabling medical conditions worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. A migraine is characterized by a throbbing pain, usually conﬁned to one side of the head, that tends to get worse with movement. They typically last from four to 72 hours. Symptoms tend to vary from one person to another. People often experience sensory warning signs, such as blind spots, ﬂashes of light, increased sensitivity to light and sound, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea and vomiting.
Some potential triggers for a migraine are allergies, stress, smoking, alcohol, bright lights, and loud noises, strong smells, skipping meals, dehydration, irregular sleep, poor posture, low blood sugar and hormonal ﬂuctuations. Though there is no known cure for migraines, you can try some natural home remedies to get relief from migraine headaches and reduce their frequency.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Being a nutritional powerhouse, 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.
Add one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.
Mix in one tablespoon of honey.
Drink this daily to prevent as well as treat migraines.
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.
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.
Mix half to one teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a cup of warm water.
Optionally, add some lemon juice and honey to improve the taste as well as health beneﬁts.
Drink this as needed.
Ginger may prove effective in the treatment of common migraines. It blocks prostaglandins, which are chemicals that promote muscle contractions, impact hormones and regulate inﬂammation in blood vessels in the brain.
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.
Eating an apple as soon as you experience the warning signs of a migraine attack can help reduce the problem. Moreover, research suggests that the smell of a green apple can also help reduce the severity of migraine and shorten migraine episodes, especially for those who ﬁnd the smell pleasing.
A cup of strong coffee can help reduce migraine headache symptoms. It contains caffeine that restricts blood vessels and blocks certain receptors that could be causing the migraine.
To increase the effectiveness, add a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice as it counteracts the effects of acidic diets that contribute to cyclic headaches.
Warning: Caffeine may trigger migraines in some people. Also, too much caffeine may worsen your headache or cause a rebound headache.
In addition to these remedies, try muscle relaxation exercises and relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation. Plus, get enough sleep, eat a diet low in carbohydrates and high in protein, avoid foods that trigger your migraine attacks and drink plenty of water.
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