Natural Ways to Treat Migraines

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Have you ever had a migraine? For me they can be pretty disabling if I don’t catch them quickly. As soon as I start seeing auras around everything, I know that I need to do something and quickly or my migraine will escalate to the point where I’ll have difficulty doing anything to treat it. Because of our lifestyle changes, I’ve started looking into more natural treatments and home remedies. Some I was already aware of, and others I’ll start incorporating. One of those things that I’ve looked into are natural ways to treat migraines.

As we continue to make more changes to our lifestyle, one area that we've looked into are natural treatments for health issues. One thing I've looked into extensively is natural ways to treat migraines.

Headaches are comprised of two major categories, primary and secondary. Headaches belonging to the primary group are not caused by underlying medical conditions while secondary headaches are the result of a medical condition such as trauma, infection or possibly even a brain tumor. Most headaches belong in the primary category.

The primary category headaches include migraine headaches and tension headaches. These two headache types are the most common of all headaches with tension-type headaches being the most common. Tension headaches constitute about 75% of all headaches while migraine headaches affect as many as 30 or 40 million Americans, or approximately 10% or more of the American population.

Migraine headaches can become chronic in nature, but are typically experienced at most once or twice a week, not daily. Females experience the pain of migraines about 3 times as often as males, or about 75% of the time. Migraine headaches can be severe and disabling. They can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and a sensitivity to light. About 20% of migraine patients will experience an aura. An aura is a disturbance in vision that consists of brightly colored blinking lights that move across a person’s field of vision.

There are many types of treatment methods that are available to migraine sufferers, both natural and unnatural. The most common method of treatment are pain relievers that are bought without a prescription, or over-the-counter. Non-prescription drugs can include aspirin, Tylenol (acetaminophen), Motrin (ibuprofen), or a combination of acetaminophen and aspirin. These are the most commonly purchased types of non-prescription pain relievers. Migraine headache patients experiencing more severe pain may need prescription medicine.

There are also many types of natural treatment methods that don’t involve the use of non-prescription or prescription medications.

These methods of treatment can often relieve migraine headache symptoms and are increasingly gaining popularity in today’s society as people are becoming more educated on the potentially dangerous side effects of drugs.

One of these natural treatment methods is putting an ice pack on the back of the neck at the base of the skull. When using an ice pack there should be a barrier between the ice pack and the skin such as a wet cloth or t-shirt that has had the water squeezed out of it. Ice therapy can lessen the flow of blood to the head resulting in less pressure in the head. It can often help relieve the throbbing pain of a migraine headache by decreasing the flow of blood to the head. It is often beneficial for a person to put their feet in a container of warm water at the same time. This can have the effect of attracting the blood to the feet instead of to the head.

Migraine headaches can sometimes be caused by foods and can be prevented by eliminating these food triggers. Foods that can trigger migraine headaches include, but are not limited to, caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, MSG (monosodium glutamate), nuts, cheese, beans, onions and others. Eliminating the trigger may eliminate the migraines.

Another natural treatment method for migraine headaches is simply to reduce stress by relaxing. Many migraines are caused by stress, so eliminating the stress can relieve the pain. Relieving stress can sometimes be achieved by getting plenty of sleep, lying down in a dark quiet room, or a combination of lying down in a dark quiet room with a small ice pack positioned on the neck at the base of the skull as explained above.

This article is a general overview with regard to natural migraine headache treatment methods and may not apply to everyone. As always it is a good idea to seek the help of a professional before treating yourself for a potentially serious health condition.

For me, migraine treatment meant identifying and eliminating my food triggers (MSG in particular) and identifying the early signs of a migraine. If it was too late, that meant laying down in a dark room, usually with a cold compress on my head.

Do you suffer from migraines? Have you tried any of these natural ways to treat migraines?

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Kori

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Kori is an autistic mom who also happens to have ADHD and Anxiety. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodivergent family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. As an empath, HSP, and highly intuitive individual, Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori provides life coaching services for neurodivergent women (and those who identify as women) as well as Oracle card reading, Tarot card readings, and energy healing.

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Aimee Trader
Aimee Trader
5 years ago

I have found the best way to treat my migraines is taking a nap. If I’m not able to take a nap at the moment usually rubbing my temples and forehead works.

Melanie Redd
5 years ago

Hey Kori,

Those migraines are mean! I had a bad one just last night. Mine are usually the result of hormone changes.

When nothing else will work, I go to bed early. It seems that a quiet, dark room is one of the best things for one of these headaches.

I came over on Titus 2, and I’m glad to find your site.
Hope you have a blessed day~
Melanie

Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort
5 years ago

Migraines are no joke. I’ve tried all of those methods at some point or another, sometimes with success. I also like to sleep with my bed reclined (thank goodness for sleep number beds!). I’m sorry you suffer with migraines – it’s no fun!

(Stopping by from the Creative Corner Linkup)

Jamie
5 years ago

Great tips!! I have migraines as a side effect of brain surgery. I’ve learned to take it easy when I feel it coming on, and actually breathing Lavender oil really helps!!

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