The actual cause of a migraine is unclear although you can do your best to avoid the triggers. But sometimes, you fall prey to one anyway. Here are 6 great home remedies to cope with a migraine.
Throw out those pills and go the natural way.
A migraine is a throbbing headache, often accompanied with nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. It usually occurs on one side of the head. It may include a stage known as ‘aura’ which causes visual disturbances (flashes, zigzags, splotches, shimmering coloured lights surrounding a blind spot).
A migraine is a huge nuisance as the pain and sensitivity hinder any sort of productive activity. It is a neurobiological disorder and thus, there is no actual information about the actual cause. But there is information available on the substances or situations that can trigger a migraine.
Some common triggers are:
- Menstruation: Droppin Oestrogen levels.
- Missed Meals: Fluctuation in blood sugar levels.
- Caffeine: For a regular consumer of coffee, a migraine may crop up as a withdrawal symptom.
- Sleep Disruption
- Cheese: Due to tyramine, which is debated to cause headaches.
In order to prevent a migraine, it is obviously important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid the above triggers. Make sure to stick to good sleeping and eating patterns.
But migraines are known for their notorious unpredictability. Some days may just be bad days and you may have a migraine. For such days, below are some home remedies.
1. DIY Massage
A Do-It-Yourself scalp massage is a great way to relieve migraine pain.
Research shows that massaging the back of the head, at the base the skull, can alleviate discomfort. Pressing your temples with your index and middle-finger can also help. Stretching and relaxing the neck relieves the pain and stress.
Incorporating some basic acupressure is a good idea too. Massage the web of skin between your thumb and index finger in a firm, circular motion for a few minutes. Switch hands and repeat the process. This area is linked to the part of the brain where headaches are known to originate.
2. Caffeine Cure
Having a strong cup of coffee may help reduce a migraine since caffeine reduces blood-vessel swelling.
But regular coffee drinkers must not do this, since it will just lead to withdrawal, which will lead to another migraine.
Aromatherapy is famous for being an alternative method relief for numerous health problems. A migraine can be fought with some scent too.
Using some essential oils like lavender oil or peppermint oil gives relief from a migraine.
Gently massage either or both of the oils on to your forehead and temples. The soothing lavender will relax you and the peppermint will calm the nerves that cause the headache.
If you don’t have the oil, you can even place two wet peppermint tea bags on your eyes.
4. Heat Up and Cool Down
- Soaking your feet in hot water will draw blood to your feet, which will ease the blood-vessel pressure on your head, thereby relieving your headache.
- Another option is to relax and place a hot water bag on your forehead or below your neck. This will ease up knotted muscles and provide some relief.
- Following the above step with cold compress (or substituting it), will help too. The cold constricts blood vessels and relieves the migraine.
5. Natural Throb-Stoppers
Anti-inflammatory natural substances like ginger have been used for centuries to deal with headaches.
Grind up a half-teaspoon ginger, stir it into a glass of water, and drink it.
Or you could consume ginger by mixing it with some black tea.
This not only reduces migraine pain, but also helps alleviate that nausea that comes with a migraine.
Rosemary tea (any other black tea) relieves the throbbing pain too.
6. Constrict the Pain
Tie a bandanna (or even a necktie) around your head. You should feel some pressure.
This reduces blood flow to the scalp, which will reduce the pain caused by swollen blood cells.
Despite the availability of remedies, it is important to follow a healthy lifestyle and prevent migraines. It can be as simple as eating right and being hydrated.