Visit From The Migraine Fairy: Home Remedies For Migraine
Migraines are debilitating headaches that usually begin from one side of the skull. They could include an extreme sensitivity to light and noise, nausea, and vomiting. While a migraine attack is underway, it is best to sleep in a dark and noiseless room. However, whether or not that works for you, there are a number of home remedies that could also help. Here are our top picks:
Grape juice — The vitamins C and B12 present in grapes, and the riboflavin present in grape seeds have been found to help greatly with migraines. Homemade grape juice without any sugar, had twice a day, will produce the best results.
Coffee — A few people find that caffeine is a migraine trigger for them. However, if consumed in small amounts, caffeine works very well to restrict blood vessels and block certain receptors that could be causing the pain. Add a few drops of lemon juice, so as to avoid cyclic headaches.
Cayenne pepper — Cayenne pepper stimulates circulation and improves blood flow. The capsaicin found in it can help dull the neurotransmitters that send pain impulses to the brain. Add to warm water and consume. You can also add lemon juice and honey.
Herbal teas — Both peppermint and chamomile teas have anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, as well as a soothing effect. You can also massage your temples with peppermint oil, or just inhale it.
Feverfew — Feverfew contains parthenolide that relieves spasms, prevents inflammation, and acts as a natural painkiller. You can have feverfew tea or eat 2–3 fresh leaves daily.
Ginger — Studies have shown that ginger may help in the treatment of common migraines. Ginger blocks prostaglandins, which promote muscle contractions, impact hormones, and regulate inflammation in the blood vessels in the brain. It also improves blood flow to the brain. Have as ginger tea or chew on raw ginger. This will also help you calm your nausea.
Wheat germ — Wheat germ contains niacin, or vitamin B3, which is very effective for alleviating migraine pain. Sprinkle on salad, cereal, or yoghurt, or have as tea. Other sources of niacin include chicken, peanuts, green vegetables, tomatoes, tuna, and salmon.
Garlic — The antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties of garlic make it an excellent remedy for migraine. Chew on raw cloves, or grind into a paste and apply on the affected area.
Apple — Studies have found that the smell of green apples can help reduce the intensity and duration of a migraine episode. Eating an apple will also do the trick.
Apple cider vinegar — Add one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to one glass of water. Consume daily. You can also add honey.
Henna — Henna’s cooling properties make it a great way to treat migraines. Just dip the flowers in vinegar and apply on the affected areas.
Cabbage leaves — Crush a few leaves of cabbage, bind them in a cloth, and tie around your forehead before you go to sleep.
Primrose oil — The anti-inflammatory properties of primrose oil help relieve the tightened blood vessels. Apply on forehead, inhale, or add to water and honey and drink. You can also smell or apply basil or lavender oil.
Lemon crust — Surprising but effective, lemon crust can be ground into a paste and applied on the forehead. It can also be boiled in water and consumed.
Sandalwood — Make a paste with fresh sandalwood root and apply on the forehead. Let dry, and then rub it off.
Headaches will increase in severity when you are dehydrated. Hence, don’t forget to keep sipping water through the day, apart from having a glass when migraine strikes. Have warm or room temperature water to avoid brain freeze. Ice packs placed on the temples, forehead, and the back of your neck also work very well. Regular massages can also reduce the frequency and duration of migraine. In addition, you can also try relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation.
-By Silky Wadhwa