Natural Remedies for Chronic Migraines
For those who suffer from chronic migraines, you know that they are extremely painful and debilitating. They are much more excruciating than the average "everyday" headache. Migraines can prevent you from enjoying all the things you want to do with your day.
For those of you who prefer holistic methods to treating your ailments there are things you can consider.
First, one of the best ways to combat a migraine is to avoid them the first place. Being aware of your triggers and other known triggers can stop a migraine before it starts.
In many ways stress is unavoidable. People are busy and have a lot on their plate. Unfortunately, stressors may trigger migraines. Taking time to relax is important. This might be doing yoga, meditating, finding a quiet place to sit still for a while, going for a walk, etc. Be proactive with your stress and you may have less frequent migraines.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Foods high in sugar and caffeine are known to trigger migraines, as well as alcohol. Drink adequate amounts of water to prevent dehydration. Eat nutrient rich fruits and vegetables.
Try to figure out what foods specifically (to you) are causing the migraines. Eliminating foods from your diet is the best way to identify which food(s) is the culprit. Though a process that requires patience, it will be greatly beneficial in the long-run.
Lastly, magnesium is a key nutrient that helps prevent migraines. Foods like spinach, almonds, black beans and dark chocolate are all high in magnesium. A magnesium supplement may also be considered.
Keep a Steady Sleep Pattern
As often as you can, go to bed and wake up at the same time of day. Having a regular routine helps the brain know what to expect - inconsistencies may lead to migraines.
Overall, the best thing you can do is keep a diary to note what your triggers might be. Documenting your experiences will help you know better what to avoid and when to avoid it. Everyone has different triggers and experiences migraines in a different way. Having an outline will also have you facilitate a conversation with your healthcare provider.
If a migraine does come on there are natural solutions to help suppress and alleviate the symptoms. It is important to note that, if you would rather choose natural remedies for your migraines you should still consult an expert. Self-diagnoses and self-medicating is not recommended.
Feverfew is an herb known to calm the severity of headache pain. Depending on your preference, feverfew can be found in capsule, tincture or tea form.
Oils have elements and qualities that relieve pain, such as, peppermint (reduces inflammation), lavender (distresses), frankincense (reduces inflammation) and eucalyptus (improves blood flow). Oils can be applied topically or dispersed in the air with a diffuser.
If migraine symptoms are too severe, massage might not be the best first option to choose. However, if you can stand to be massaged with a migraine it may go a long way in calming your body and lessening the pain. Massage relieves muscle tension and releases "feel good" hormones such as endorphins and serotonin.
Like with many conditions with no known direct cause treating migraines can be difficult and take trial and error. Again, consulting with an expert should be your first course of action.