Migraines aren't typical headaches.
If you experience them, you're probably familiar with the pounding pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. When a migraine strikes, you'll do almost anything to make it go away.
Natural remedies are a drug-free way to reduce migraine symptoms. These at-home treatments may help prevent migraines or at least help reduce their severity and duration:
1. Stick to a schedule.
The key word is "regular." Pick set times to go to bed and wake up every day. Exercise regularly. Stick to usual times for meals and snacks. Consistency helps your body know what's coming up next and may give you fewer migraine attacks.
2. Get a grip on your stress.
It's one of the biggest triggers for migraine pain. So aim to boost calm in your life. Un-busy your schedule where you can, but carve time for things you enjoy. Steady relief is your friend. If you stay stressed during the work week and relax only on the weekend, the shift can bring on migraines too.
3. Try aromatherapy.
Some scents may help dull headaches. Peppermint may make you less aware of pain, and lavender may lower your anxiety. You can apply them in their oil form to your temples or the inside of your wrist.
4. Turn up the heat.
Warm compresses, a steamy shower, or a toasty soak in a bath can ease the tension of tight muscles that might add to your migraine pain.
5. Cool down.
Go the other way and try a cold comfort. Some studies show that wrapping a cold pack around your neck when a migraine hits can lower your headache pain. Cooling down the blood as it makes its way to your brain may lower swelling and dull your pain.
6. Tame screen glare.
Blue light is usually the hardest hue to handle when you deal regularly with migraines. That's the color that glows from your computer and smartphone. So break away from screens when you feel a migraine coming on. Even try opting for rose-tinted glasses to help block the blue light.
7. Roll away pain.
Relaxing your feet can ease tension in other parts of your body, including your head. Sit and put your bare or sock-covered foot on a tennis ball and roll it around, continuing to press down on the tennis ball. Notice areas that are especially tender and focus on those. Repeat on the other foot.
8. Breathe mindfully.
Focus as you breathe in and out for at least 10 minutes. That can flood your body with calmness and lower your stress. Boost your relaxation and target the different muscle groups in your body as you inhale and exhale to release all your tension.
9. Mute the noise.
Migraines can be triggered by just about any of your senses, including your hearing. Just like lights, loud noise can set off your migraine. Get to a quiet space when it hits. If you can't, carry earplugs to block out the noises on the spot.
10. Settle your stomach.
If migraines give you nausea, keep motion-sickness bands handy to ward off a queasy stomach. Sip peppermint tea and nibble saltines, which can also help.
If your migraines persist, they could be a sign of a serious underlying condition that you'll want to get looked at right away. If you're looking for longterm and natural relief from migraines, the team at AFC is here to help! Contact us today, and you'll be one step closer to migraine-free living.