I like to write most of my pieces from personal experiences, and about two weeks ago I had my first migraine. I know that they’re a pretty common thing for some people, but because we’re all spending more time indoors, I thought you might all benefit from my own observations of the best home remedies to fight a migraine that *actually* work.
Since I was young, I was always told to try home remedies instead of heading to the pharmacy right away, which is why as soon as I realised I had a splitting headache, I spent some time online trying to find the best ways to ease my pain. As you can imagine, I could barely look at the screen due to the terrible ache, which brought me to calling the one and only person that would know what to do better than Google, my mom!
Migraines are not exactly your typical headache, and if you’ve had them in the past, you’ll be familiar with this pounding throb which can cause nausea as well as extreme sensitivity to movement, light and sound. Although severe ones may require treatment and a visit to your GP, here is what I have gathered from my own research which may work for you too if you’re dealing with it in this time of lockdown:
Exercise and meditate
The last thing I was in the mood to do when I realised I was suffering, was to get into my workout clothes and do some yoga, but believe it or not spending a bit more time than usual practicing breathing and different body postures truly had an effect on my health and well-being. Although it didn’t get rid of the ache itself, I’ve come to find out that practicing yoga frequently can not only decrease your chances of getting a migraine again in the first place, but it can also reduce the intensity of the irritation.
Although a lot of doctors and researches don’t usually recommend yoga as a primary treatment for such conditions, it’s believed that any exercise that include meditation and breathing exercises can have an overall benefit when dealing with headaches, and it’s seen as a great complementary therapy for people dealing with chronic migraines or other symptoms.
Darkness is your friend
One of the most common treatments when dealing with blinding migraines is to reduce any sign of lights, sounds and movements around you (these can also include strong smells). Although this might not be easy for everyone currently working from home and living with a few other people, if are hurting, you should try and spend some time in a dark room with little to no sounds as soon as you sense the beginning of a migraine or start feeling a throb in your temples.
If you’re not able to take some time from work, you can also try and turn down the brightness of your computer screen for example, or install an anti-glare layer if you can. If you’re also used to working with background music, try and turn that off for a while and see if this can help a little.
Try home remedies
Massages and essential oils can also be your best friends when dealing with attacks, and they tend to give a quick relief when used correctly. Peppermint or lavender oils for example, are highly recommended to ease pains and are said to give faster relief than most over the counter medicine.
All you’ve got to do is apply the essential oils on both sides of your face (just on your temples) and massage it thoroughly. If you’re lucky enough to be able to ask someone else to do it for you, don’t hesitate to ask! You can also apply a few drops of essential oils on a tissue or a piece of cloth and keep it under your pillow, or inhale it every now and again.
Eat & drink well
There are also some foods that are known for triggering migraines, and some for preventing them. Studies for example, show that magnesium supplementation helps prevent them, the same way it can comfort menstrual-related ones. Foods such as almonds, cashews, peanut butter, oatmeal and eggs can truly help during a crisis, and implementing at least one magnesium-filled food in all of your meals should become a habit even when not directly suffering from the pains.
On another note, foods that are rich in nitrates such as bacon and sausages should be avoided at all costs. As well as cheeses, chocolate, alcohol and processed foods. Not forgetting how important it is to drink a lot of water and herbal tea. All in all, try to stick to a healthy diet!
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