migraine remediesMigraine headaches can be disabling so early treatment is key. Here are 10 fast and effective home remedies for migraine headaches.

When you have a migraine headache, you want quick relief from those symptoms that include throbbing or pulsating pain, nausea, vomiting, watery eyes, nasal congestion and in some cases, extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Consult your doctor or seek medical help if needed.

Below are 9 home remedies that will give you fast and effective relief from migraine headaches.

9 Home Remedies for Migraine Headaches

 

  1. LIE IN A DARK, QUIET ROOM
  • Migraines are often caused, and made worse, by sensory stimuli such as bright light and loud noises.
  • For quick relief, shut out as much light as you can by turning off any lights in the room. Shut blinds or curtains.
  • If the pain is severe, wear sunglasses, even indoors. The lenses protect you from both natural and artificial light.

 

  1. APPLY ICE
  • To help ease migraine pain, use cold rather than heat. Ice acts as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Put an ice pack or a wash cloth that’s been rinsed in cold water on your forehead, scalp, or neck. A cool jade mask can also be soothing.

 

  1. TAKE OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS

Take pain relief medications such as acetaminophen and aspirin or NSAIDs, like ibuprofen and naproxen which reduce the inflammation that causes a migraine.  If you suffer from severe migraine attacks, you may need prescription medication. Consult your doctor to get the right pain medication.

 

  1. DRINK A SMALL AMOUNT OF CAFFEINE
  • Large quantities of caffeine can cause headaches but a small amount can help relieve a migraine headache.
  • Drink a small cup of coffee when you feel a migraine coming on.

 

  1. USE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
  • Lavender essential oil is a sedative, mood stabilizer, and pain reliever. A 2012 study found that 92 out of 129 migraine sufferers who inhaled lavender oil had effective and safe relief from their headaches.
  • Use it in the following ways:
  • Inhale the aroma using a diffuser.
  • Rub it on your temples and wrists. The oil will be absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream.
  • Add a few drops to your bath. The warmth of your bath and the lavender aroma can help you relax, improve your blood flow, and relieve the pain.

 

  1. APPLY PRESSURE 

 

  1. VITAMIN B2 (RIBOFLAVIN)
  • A study of patients taking 400 mg of riboflavin (vitamin B2) daily found that they experienced significantly fewer migraines after 3 months.
  • Vitamin B2 is found in milk, eggs, yogurt, cheese, whole grains fish, and chicken. You can also take it as a supplement.

 

  1. TAKE FEVERFEW

Feverfew contains parthenolide which is an anti-inflammatory.

It can be found in many forms including tablet, fresh or dried, tea, and as topical applications (applied to the skin)

Feverfew has a number of side effects so it is important to read the leaflet and follow instructions.

 

  1. MANAGE YOUR TRIGGERS

Prevention is always better than cure.

  • Migraines are sometimes set off by the food you eat. Triggers include red wine, aged cheese, cured meats, chocolate, caffeine, and foods with monosodium glutamate (MSG).
  • Environmental triggers include bright or flickering lights, loud noises, strong odors, changes in the weather, stress, insufficient sleep, and hormonal changes (in women).
  • Track your headaches on a calendar to identify potential triggers so that you can avoid them.

Migraine headaches can be debilitating and hang around for up to 24 hours. Try some of these home remedies for migraine headaches for fast and effective relief.