Nearly 30 million people in the United States have been reported to suffer from migraines or debilitating headaches. While it is common to treat these with medications, there are a number of natural remedies that can provide relief or help avoid a migraine altogether.
Herbs are commonly used to combat the symptoms that result from a migraine. For example, Feverfew is one of the number one remedies for a migraine. Feverfew contains parthenolides which can help decrease factors in the body that can cause migraines. Another helpful herb for sufferers is Peppermint. Peppermint has long been attached to medicinal uses and can provide relief from the pain associated with a migraine while reducing the nausea that is often times part of the symptomatic process. Lavender, eucalyptus, sandalwood, and basil are often used with aromatherapy to help relieve the pain and pressure associated with migraines.
Another technique to relieving migraine symptoms is to employ basic hydrotherapy techniques at home. This is simply done by standing in a shower as hot as you can stand it for 2 minutes, followed by 2 minutes of showering as cold as you can stand it. Alternating like this for 20 minutes helps improve circulation and increases blood flow. An alternative method of hydrotherapy can also be performed by placing your feet in very cold water and a hot compress on the back of your neck. This causes the blood to flow downward towards your feet, relieving pressure in your head.
Finally, nutritional deficiencies can play a major role in the onset of migraines. Vitamin D and B deficiencies along with mineral imbalances have been noted as one of the key culprit to migraine onset. Incorporating more water, vegetables and juicing can help restore nutritional balance and eliminate migraines and headaches completely. Simply eating a handful of almonds give your body the same amount of salicylates as 2 aspirin providing pain relief without aggravating an upset stomach much like its chemical counterpart.
The bottom line is that migraines and headaches happen, but with some natural know how, you can treat them without prescription medications, side effects, and cost involved with modern treatment. With some slight technique and know-how, you can use herbs, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, and nutritional balance to stop your migraines in their tracks.
- Natural News Network, 2013