migraine remediesIf you experience frequent migraines, like many people you most likely opt for traditional medications. But there are natural migraine remedies that can help ease those excruciating headaches.

Migraine headache pain can be intense and excruciating. Sufferers can also have other symptoms such as aura, nausea and vomiting and dizziness. The Migraine Research Foundation found that migraines can be so debilitating that more than 90 percent of suffers are unable to work or function normally during an attack.

Most people tend to treat their migraine headaches with over-the-counter or prescription drugs. These medications can be costly and have unwelcome side-effects. As a result, many sufferers are turning to natural therapies, like those below.

Consult a doctor to find the best migraine remedy for you.

Natural Migraine Remedies

FEVERFEW (Tanacetum Parthenium)

  • Feverfew is a commonly known herbal headache treatment. A British study conducted in the 1980s found that 70 percent of participants had less migraine pain after taking feverfew daily. Studies carried out since have also shown that feverfew is effective in preventing and treating migraine pain.
  • It contains a substance called parthenolide, which helps relieve smooth muscle spasms and prevents inflammation. It also helps stop blood vessels in the brain from contracting. It relieves vomiting and nausea in migraine sufferers who experience these symptoms.
  • It is available as a supplement, usually dried feverfew leaves. Fresh leaves can be eaten raw.
  • Note: Talk to your doctor before taking feverfew. Don’t take it if you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant.

 

LAVENDER OIL

  • A 2012 study published in the European Journal of Neurology found that inhaling lavender oil may help relieve migraine symptoms more quickly. Add two to four drops for every two to three cups of boiling water. Breathe in the vapours.
  • Lavender oil can also be used topically. Apply a diluted solution to your temples.
  • Note: Do not take it orally.

 

PEPPERMINT OIL

 

DIET

  • Certain foods have been shown to trigger migraines. If you suffer from migraines, avoid dairy, chocolate, peanut butter, avocado, bananas, citrus fruits, onions, meats with nitrates, such as bacon and hot dogs, and foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG). Red wine is also a trigger as it contains tyramine. Fermented or pickled foods should also be avoided.
  • Keep a food diary to help track and identify your potential triggers.
  • Magnesium deficiency been directly linked to migraines. Your body can’t make magnesium, so relies on dietary sources such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, Swiss chard, wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, amaranth, quinoa, soybeans, and black beans. Magnesium is also available as a supplement.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory substances found in certain foods. Rich sources include: Wild Alaskan salmon, tuna, herring (not pickled herring), mackerel, rainbow trout, halibut, Pacific oysters, sardines, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds.

 

MASSAGE

Do-it-yourself scalp massages can be effective in alleviating migraine pain. Massaging the greater occipital nerve — the area in the back of the head, at the base of the skull — reduces migraine pain.

Body massage can also help relive migraine pain as it relaxes the body and helps the flow of blood.

 

WATER

Headaches, including migraines, can be triggered by dehydration. Drink a few glasses of water when you feel a migraine coming on.

 

EXERCISE

Regular exercise helps reduce tension and stress which are common triggers for many migraine sufferers. Exercise releases endorphins, which act as a mild sedative.

A 2011 study conducted at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, found that aerobic exercise was as effective at preventing migraines as topiramate (Topamax) the preventive migraine medication. The researchers concluded that regular exercise may be an option for migraine sufferers who don’t want to take daily preventative medication.

Natural migraine remedies such as those above can help reduce the frequency and severity of your migraine attacks and avoid the use of pharmaceutical products.