8 DIY Tips To Treat Migraine Headaches Without Medication

Migraines are intense throbbing
headaches, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity
to light and sound. According to Mayo Clinic, the cause of migraines is
still largely unknown, though migraine sufferers can often identify
their personal triggers. Triggers can be anything from hormonal changes
to stress and from sun glare to a change in the barometric pressure
during a storm. 

These
disabling headaches effect a whopping 36 million Americans, according
to the American Migraine Foundation. One in four households in America
has a member who suffers from migraines, so whether you or a loved one,
use these home remedies to prevent migraines and soothe pain during an
attack. 

1. Vicks VapoRub. Alison Jacobson, the blogger behind
Safety Mom, says that when she has a headache, applying Vicks VapoRub to
her temples and forehead is so powerful, it reduces pain and pressure
almost immediately. The proof for this remedy comes from the Department
of Neurology at Thomas Jefferson University, which found intense pain
from migraines was reduced after two hours following the application of a
menthol gel similar to Vicks VapoRub. The soothing effects of menthol
are also found in peppermint essential oils. Lori, of the Health
Extremist blog, claims a homemade mixture of peppermint essential oil
and water or coconut oil, when applied directly to the forehead and
temples, relieves pain within 30 minutes to one hour.

2. Ice and
banana peel compress. This might sound a bit wacky, until you realize
ice wrapped in a banana peel is nothing more than a potassium-rich cold
compress. Mayo Clinic recommends applying a cold compress to the head
and neck in order to dull the pain of a migraine. Place a banana peel on
your forehead with ice, as recommended by Peas Health, you get the
added benefit of potassium absorbed directly through the skin.

3.
Olive oil. A study by the Divisions of Adolescent Medicine in
Providence, RI found that olive oil, as well as fish oil, is effective
at reducing the frequency, duration and severity of recurrent migraines
in adolescents. The reason behind the success of olive oil and fish oil
lies in the fact that both contain long chains of omega-3
polyunsaturated fatty acids, building blocks for hormones that regulate
blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and
inflammation, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public
Health. 

4. Lavender oil. Just two drops of
lavender in a pot of boiling water can be enough to soothe your
throbbing migraine. Inhale the lavender vapors and feel relief wash over
you, recommends Everyday Health. A study published in European
Neurology suggests inhaling lavender essential oil for 15 minutes is an
effective and safe treatment for migraine headaches. It works because
lavender has properties that reduce anxiety, stabilize mood, soothe
muscle spasms, and reduce hypertension. 

5. Eat more flax seed.
Flax seed is a superfood that has been used since the time of the
ancient Egyptians to treat constipation, hot flashes and breast pain, as
well as high cholesterol and migraines, according to Migraine.com. Flax
seed is high in fiber and omega-3 essential fatty acids, which improve
brain function and lower the risk of heart disease.Wholesomeone
recommends mixing flaxseeds in with a smoothie, oatmeal or even just
with water to reap the benefits. You may be surprised that by
introducing flaxseed into your diet, you can decrease the frequency of
migraines. 

6. Honey. The Foundation for Advancement in Cancer
Therapy (FACT) has found that eating two teaspoons of raw honey during
mealtimes can prevent migraine attacks. It is also effective at quelling
symptoms. FACT recommends a heaping tablespoon of honey at the first
sign of migraine symptoms. Honey does not need to be digested and
absorbs directly into the blood stream, making it a quick and effective
treatment. Honey is also soothing to the stomach, making it a perfect
treatment for people who suffer from nausea during a migraine attack. 

7.
Peanut Butter and ginger. This treatment might sound awfully strange,
but holistic therapists swear by the combination as an effective
migraine solution. Peas Health explains, that by applying a paste made
from peanut butter and grated ginger directly to the temples, the body
absorbs magnesium and arginine. People who suffer from migraines often
have low levels of magnesium, as found in a study by the University of
Maryland Medical Center, and according to Defy Medical, arginine is a
chemical precursor to nitric oxide, which acts as a blood
vessel-widening agent. Thus, a combination of the two can be just the
right cocktail to release pressure.

8. Stretch your neck.
Muscle-tension can trigger or exacerbate a migraine. Stretch for 20
minutes twice daily to prevent a headache before it occurs and to
relieve the pain once you’ve been afflicted. Health.comrecommends moving
your chin forward, upward and toward each shoulder, holding each
position for five seconds and then relaxing for five seconds. You can
also do shoulder shrugs and neck isometrics by pressing your palm into
your forehead and against each side of your head. 

People who
suffer from migraines know how debilitating these headaches can be. In
fact, according to the Migraine Research Foundation, 113 million work
days are lost annually to migraine and other headaches. These home
remedies just might offer you the relief you so desperately need. 

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