Nothing should substitute a doctor’s care. If you have frequent, prolonged migraines, it is important to consult a medical professional to ensure that you do not have a more serious condition. But, for the occasional migraine headache, over the counter medicines will not always work. So if you feel a migraine coming on, or if you or a loved one are in the throws of a migraine, consider these 5 natural remedies.
- Exercise – This falls more in the preventive category than the curing category, however, regular exercise has been proven through studies to help reduce and prevent migraines. And isn’t it better to never have a migraine than to try to fight it? But even if a migraine is already coming on, aerobic exercise can help reduce the severity of the migraine.
- Feverfew – This natural herb can help prevent the frequency of migraines, their intensity, and how long they last. This plant can be eaten raw or steeped in tea. This herb helps by releasing parthenolide, a chemical which is used to help with pain, headaches, and inflammation. This can be taken regularly to help prevent migraines or can be taken when you feel a migraine coming on to help reduce the severity.
- Lavender Oil – A common scent in hygiene products, lavender can actually help reduce the severity of a migraine. Be sure to get the oil, then boil three cups of water and mix in two to four drops of the oil. The vapors should help reduce the pain. Additionally, you can put the oil directly on your head, meaning you can use it if you are rubbing your temples or forehead, and that can produce additional results.
- Magnesium – Another common method of preventing migraines, magnesium can be taken as a daily supplement. Migraine sufferers often have a magnesium deficiency, and taking between 200 and 600 mg a day can increase magnesium levels and help prevent migraines from happening. If, however, you are already suffering from a migraine, taking magnesium can help reduce the pain.
- Peppermint – Sniffing peppermint, or peppermint oil, can help instantly reduce the pain of a migraine headache. Peppermint teas can also have a more permanent impact. Some studies have also shown peppermint oil, when rubbed on the forehead, can help reduce migraine pain due to the cooling properties of peppermint oil.
By using these home remedies, you should be able to help reduce the frequency of migraine headaches you have, lower the pain they inflict, and shorten the time they bother you. But if you do have multiple, prolonged migraines, you should speak to your doctor.