Migraines! - A girl's worst enemy! If you have ever suffered from a migraine or know of anyone who has suffered from them then you know they are the absolute worse! There is truly no "right" or "wrong" way to cure a migraine it's by a trial and error basis. And, if you're like me and hate taking medicine then you'll want to try out anything to "naturally" relieve a migraine. So, that is why today I want to share with you several techniques to help relieve or get rid of migraine pains! What may work for some many not work for you so just remember to keep that in mind!
1. Foods that help avoid and relieve migraines
Omega-3 rich foods such as nuts, seeds, fish help lower inflammation and control blood flow. Organic fruits and veggies are high in magnesium and electrolytes that also provide antioxidants that help decrease inflammation and help balance hormones.
Magnesium rich foods, for example, spinach, almonds, avocado, and bananas are a great source to add to your daily food intake to try to avoid migraines. Taking a B vitamin (or eating B vitamin rich foods) is something to consider adding to your diet if you are wanting to avoid or help with migraine pains.
Remember to avoid adding some of these food items to your diets because they can also be the cause of your migraine: sugars, refined grains, breads, caffeinated drinks, high amounts of sodium, fried foods, and fast foods.
2. Essential oils
I love to use essential oils as much as possible to avoid taking any prescribed or over the counter medications. The following are some of my favorites that have helped me relieve some migraine pains.
Peppermint oil - reduces pain and inflammation by having a cooling effect on the skin and can stimulate blood flow around the head when applied topically.
Lavender oil - soothes stress and anxiety. Also, it can help improve your sleep and decrease muscle tension. I love to add some to my oil diffuser!
Frankincense - lowers inflammation and improves your hormone balance.
If you're starting to get a migraine and don't want to fool around with essential oils or medicine then the sleep pillow mask is perfect. These sleep masks can be microwaved or put in the freezer depending on the effect you want it to give you. Warming the mask help with the blood flow and freezing the mask will help reduce inflammation. This is also effective because you won't be bothered by light and will feel relaxed enough to fall asleep.
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4. Cold Water
Sometimes the smallest things can help relieve migraine pains so, this is where the cold water trick comes to play. Fill up a bowl with the coldest water possible (add ice cubes if you have them handy) and submerge your hands in the bowl for as long as you can. This works by "pulling" the blood from your head therefore relieving some or all of your headache. You could also put an ice pack or cold towel on your neck to help the process.
5. Detox Baths
Depending on what ingredients you use detox baths can be very benefiting in the following ways: flush toxins, reduce stress, improve sleep, relieve sore muscles, heal skin rashes, relieve headaches/migraines, and help treat colds.
My favorite detox bath consists of 2 cups of epsom salt, about 10 drops of lavender oil, and 1 cup of baking soda. I love the calming effect the lavender oil gives while I lay in the water for about 30 minutes. I like to add a few drops of peppermint oil to the bath sometimes to give a cooling effect and help reduce inflammation.
6. Salt and Lemon Water
This method sounds crazy and I honestly didn't even want to try it myself but when I did I was amazed to how quickly it worked! Now, I don't know if this method works for a full blown migraine but I know it worked for me when I felt one coming. It's not the best tasting water but I promise if you get it cold enough and drink as quickly as possible it won't be so bad!
Take a glass of cold water (roughly 8 ounces), add a couple slices of lemon and about 2 tablespoons (yes 2!) of Himalayan salt. I am not 100% sure as to how this works but it worked for me within 10 minutes of drinking!
If you have your own method of relieving migraines please leave them in the comments below I'd love to try new ways to help relieve headaches and migraines!
Thanks for stopping by! XO, Vidi