5 Safe Natural Alternatives to Ease Migraines
Spring is here, which I know our friends up north are happy to see! After a tough winter, everyone is ready to get outside and enjoy the weather. The only downfall, allergies!!! Sometimes allergies bring horrible headaches, even migraines. For everyone who has had a migraine, you know how painful they are. They are much more severe and last longer than regular headaches. At the first sign of symptoms, such as vision loss or a “pins and needles” feeling, you know it’s time to do something before the intolerable pain comes. Many people turn to over the counter medicine such as Excedrin. As you know, it was recently recalled by the pharmaceutical company. Though it does relieve pain faster than any natural remedies would, it also comes with an array of possible side effects. I understand that there is nothing better than instant migraine relief, but I encourage you to try natural ways of treating your migraine headache. They have far fewer health risks than prescriptions.
Feverfew is one of the oldest herbal remedies for migraines. You can make a tincture or eat it raw. The reason that Feverfew is able to ease migraines is a powerful chemical called parthenolide, which has been known to ease migraines. Feverfew can be purchased in tincture, tea or tablet form. However, it’s the best when used fresh.
Butterbur has been recently discovered to reduce the intensity of migraine headaches. It does so by reducing inflammation and stabilizing blood flow to the brain. It prevents spasms in the capillaries and stabilizes blood pressure. If you decide to try butterbur, make sure it’s labeled PA (pyrrolizidine alkaloids) free. This indicates that the liver toxic alkaloids normally in butterbur plants have been removed.
Ginger, Peppermint and Cayenne
This combination of herbs is known as the natural pain relieving trio. To make a herbal tea, mix the three herbs together. Mix together a pinch of cayenne pepper, a little piece of fresh ginger and a teaspoon of dried peppermint. Put the mixture in two cups of boiling water and let it steep for 20 minutes. Strain the herbs and add raw honey to taste.
Lavender Essential Oil
In 2012, for the first time, a placebo-controlled clinical trial confirmed that lavender essential oil aromatherapy is effective at relieving migraine headaches. Lavender essential oil has been known for centuries for its analgesic effect on migraine sufferers. Lavender helps reduce the inflammation that occurs in blood vessels during a migraine. Lavender essential oil possesses pain-killing, nerve calming, and sedative properties. Just make sure you’re using a pure essential oil.
Magnesium is known as the master mineral. It activates over 300 cellular metabolic processes in our body. It affects our nervous system, muscle tissue, and cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, many people in the world and especially America are magnesium deficient. One of the studies found that daily consumption of magnesium supplements reduced the frequency of migraines by 42 percent, compared to only about 16 percent in patients given a placebo pill. Magnesium relaxes arteries and muscles in the body, which helps to get rid of headaches and ease migraines. I personally use magnesium oil daily. It can be sprayed or rubbed onto the skin wherever it’s comfortable. This is my favorite remedy for my headaches and migraines. It really works great for me. I use the oil on the back of my neck. For sleepless nights, rub some magnesium oil on the tops of your feet and approximately 20 minutes later you will feel relaxed and ready for a good nights sleep! Good Luck!