If you have ever had a migraine headache, you know it can be excruciating and debilitating. Most people turn to over the counter or prescription medication to manage the pain. Did you know there are some great natural alternatives that may help you heal the cause, rather than simply masking the symptoms?
What exactly is a migraine? It’s a recurrent throbbing headache, usually in one side of the head, which can be accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light/sound and vomiting. Migraines can also include visual disturbances such as flashes, blotches etc.
So what are some of the ways you can manage migraines naturally?
- Ice packs: Ice is a great anti-inflammatory that can help to ease the pain naturally. Apply the ice pack to the source of pain for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off as needed.
- Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a therapy in which thin needles are inserted into the skin at particular points. It originated in China, and is now used in many countries to treat people with migraines. Studies have shown that acupuncture can help to reduce the likelihood of migraines by up to 50% when used properly.
- Apple Cider Vinegar/Cayenne Pepper: ACV has been said to reduce occurrence of migraines when taken daily. It can be a powerful tool to assist the body to detox. Every morning, I drink 16 oz. of warm water with 1 tsp lemon juice, sprinkle of cayenne pepper and 1 TBSP ACV to aid with digestion, inflammation and detox.
- Peppermint Oil or Tea: Peppermint is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory. You can drink peppermint tea daily, or apply diluted peppermint essential oils to the back of the neck, forehead or temples. It can also be helpful to place one drop of peppermint oil on your thumb and press and hold it into the roof of your mouth.
- Food Intolerances: Migraines can be brought on by food intolerances. If you are getting migraines regularly, try keeping a food journal. You may notice that certain foods/beverages trigger your migraines.
Often, removing processed and unhealthy foods can make big changes in your overall health. If you’re suffering regularly from migraines, doing a cleanse and cleaning up your diet can also go a long way in improving your overall health and reducing your inflammation.
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