Do you have a home remedies kit for migraines? Here's why you need one.
Migraines strike at the worst times. Maybe you’ve been looking forward to a night out, or have a big exam to study for.
It’s hard to make plans and be productive when everything could be derailed due to a migraine.
What can you do about it?
At Mable we provide personalized migraine prevention and treatment based on your DNA.
Explore these home remedies for migraines alongside your migraine treatment so you don’t have to miss that event you’ve been looking forward to.
Home remedies should be used to accompany, not replace, proper medical treatment.
According to the American Migraine Foundation, Migraine is a debilitating condition that affects at least 39 million people in the United States.
It is a poorly understood condition. In most cases the cause is unknown and there is no gold-standard treatment.
What we do know is that genetics play a key role.
Migraine symptoms include but are not limited to …
In a recent study, 37.3% of migraine patients reported dietary triggers. While the phrase “you are what you eat” might be an exaggeration, your diet does affect migraines.
These foods and drinks can work with your treatment plan as possible home remedies for migraines.
Hydration is key to migraine management. It’s estimated that 75% of adults in the United States are dehydrated. Don’t add to that statistic! It’s easy to forget to drink. It’s not so easy to deal with the consequences. In a recent study 34 out of 95 people reported dehydration to be a migraine trigger.
If you’re feeling nauseous it can help to chill water with ice and sip slowly.
Caffeine is a bit hit or miss. Roughly 20% find it triggers migraines. Yet many report symptom relief from caffeine during a migraine. A personalized decision should be made regarding caffeine.
Be aware of how much you are consuming. More than 200mg daily can put you at risk of more migraines.
Feverfew and Ginger have been proven to reduce pain, nausea, and vomiting during migraines. 60 subjects were treated over one month with either a mix of feverfew and ginger or a placebo. At 2 hours, 32% of the group using feverfew and ginger were pain-free. Only 16% of the placebo group had symptom relief.
Additionally, feverfew can reduce hypersensitivity. Another common migraine symptom.
You can buy both as capsules. It’s recommended that you consult your doctor before starting any new supplements.
Stress is a trigger for 50 - 80% of people living with Migraine. Here are some relaxation methods to help you manage your stress during a migraine.
Yoga promotes relaxation through breathing exercises, meditation, and stretches. Studies have shown that yoga can lower heart rate, blood pressure and increase oxygen flow to the brain.
Sleep can knock back a migraine for good, according to The Migraine Trust.
Research is vague on why this is. Hormones, such as melatonin, may play a role.
It can be hard to fall asleep when your head is pounding. Here are some tips to make that happen …
Sleep disorders are a comorbidity to migraine. If you often struggle with sleep and migraines, it might be time to talk to your doctor.
Essential oils have been known to calm and soothe the mind and body.
Lavender oil can have relaxing and stabilizing properties. This is because of the calming and suppressing effect it has on the central nervous system. Migraine symptoms can be eased by 2 - 3 drops of lavender essential oil rubbed on the upper lip.
Peppermint oil applied to the skin has a long-lasting cooling effect and can relax tense muscles. Peppermint oil can improve cognitive function and have a relaxing effect on both mind and muscle. This can be beneficial for both migraines and tension headaches.
Ginger is a well-known remedy for nausea, a common migraine symptom. It’s believed to speed up digestion and protect your gut. Ginger gel or oil applied to your temples can have a repelling effect on nausea and pain due to migraines.
Hot or cold compression applied to the neck or head serves as another migraine home remedy.
The choice between hot and cold is a personal migraine choice. Some find heat more helpful. Others lean towards the cold.
Cold packs decrease blood flow to the brain. This causes a numbing effect to reduce pain.
Heat packs increase blood flow to the brain. This promotes relaxation of tense muscles to reduce pain.
In summer, migraines can be more frequent due to the heat. Or rather, dehydration from the heat. When you have a migraine on a hot day, a cold pack and a drink of cold water could be just what you need.
Acupressure involves pressure applied to certain points in the body. As pressure is applied muscular tension and endorphins are released. This can reduce symptoms such as pain and nausea during a migraine.
LI-4, or Hegu is the pressure point for pain. It’s between your index finger and the base of your thumb. To find this pressure point, think of your index finger and thumb as an angle. The point is where the two lines would meet. Press firmly (but not so firmly it hurts!) with your thumb and forefinger. Hold for roughly five minutes. Repeat this process on the other hand.
P-6 (PC6), or Neiguan is the pressure point for nausea. It’s near your wrist on your inner arm. To find this pressure point place three fingers across the opposite inner wrist. The point is just below your lowest finger, between two large tendons. Press firmly with your thumb or forefinger. Hold for up to five minutes. Repeat this process on the other wrist.
It’s recommended that you consult your doctor before trying any alternative therapies.
Hypersensitivity is a common migraine trigger and symptom. Here’s what you can do about it.
Migraine days affect everyone differently. The best thing to do is to find out what works best for you.
Here’s how you can do this:
Paired with personalized migraine treatment, these home remedies for migraines can help you take back your weekend plans.