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3 Ways To Naturally Ease A Migraine!

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Does it feel like migraines are taking over your life? Tried everything, but the throbbing pain and nausea won’t go away? Stop your migraine in its tracks with these natural remedies.

I’ve suffered from migraines for years. The earliest flare-up that I can pin point was back in middle school. Until recently, within the past 3 yrs, I had no idea what my triggers were or how to track them. The pain was just something I accepted and EXPECTED. It became so bad I was having them 2-3 times a week with each lasting for up to 2 days.

If you’re susceptible to migraines, certain triggers may bring them on. Track your headaches to look for patterns and potential triggers. Here are a few I know all too well.


 

Sleep Disruptions: Not getting enough rest or being sleep deprived is a main trigger for me. I combat this by trying to be as consistent as possible with the times I go to bed and wake up. But having sporadic insomnia doesn’t help.

Missing Meals: I have the tendency to get soooo caught up in my day to day functions that I often forget to eat. My goal is to try to eat every 3 hrs, even if its just some cashews or a granola bar.

On the topic of meals, certain food and beverages can trigger a migraine as well. Believe it or not alcoholic beverages are one. If you get that hangover feeling after only 1 glass of wine, chances are it may be a trigger for you.

Menstruation: For many women, such as myself, your cycle can be a huge trigger. before, during and even after.

Your Surrounding: Smells, fluorescent lighting even big movie screens. Anything from strong perfumes, that annoying flickering light by your desk at work or even pollen.

and lastly…(but certainly not least)

STRESS: THE most common migraine trigger. Research shows that individuals that suffer from these chronic headaches are thought to be highly responsive emotionally. My battle with anxiety and also being a worry wort are a VIP invitation to throbbing temples.

Note: Triggers are different for each person so don’t take this list as the end all, be all. These are just examples and common stressors. Once you track your headaches you’ll figure out what causes yours specifically.

At one point my doctor and neurologist had me on a total 5 different medications for my migraines. Some for daily preventative measures and other for when they “pop up” on me. But, it became overwhelming and started to effect how I functioned throughout the day. So I stopped taking all those meds and went back to the “basics”. Now enough with that, let’s get to these remedies that I swear by!!

Relaxing Techniques
Lying down in a dark room and taking deep breaths. By focusing on my breathing and not the throbbing pain or nausea, my body relaxes and eases the pain. Massages work wonders as well. Especially neck, temple and shoulder rubs.

Cold or Hot Compresses
My go to method for relieving some or all of my pain/discomfort is submerging my hands and feet in warm/hot water with an ice pack at the nape of my neck. Works like a charm. within 15 my migraine pressure eases. I usually just sit on my bathroom or kitchen counter and submerge my feet and hands in the sink. The bathtub works well too. The ice pack or bag of frozen veggies is fine by itself, if you can’t get to the water.

Essential Oils
Massage each of your temples with one drop of peppermint essential oil or a combination of peppermint and lavender oils. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes. Do this a few times a day until you feel relief.

(Bonus) Caffeine
If my migraine won’t ease up and I feel that I need to take medication, caffeine is a great sidekick. Tylenol and Excedrine Migraine both contain caffeine. Washing down the medicine with a strong cup of joe or soda (I prefer Coke or pepsi) will increase effectiveness. The caffeine expands blood vessels, so medicine will be absorbed more quickly. But if coffee is a trigger for you, avoid it.

If you have any remedies that work for you, I’d love to hear them and try it out!

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