Popping a pill seems to be the easiest way to get rid of migraine. Those who have been relying on these pills since long tend to get ‘rely’ on these drugs a way too much, which means nothing but dependency!
If you are taking migraine medicines frequently, you are at a danger of some serious side effects. Also, some of them are not suitable to be used by pregnant and breastfeeding women.
If taking these pills come with just one advantage of relieving the pain, but too many disadvantages; then, wouldn’t it be wise to find a safer and equally effective alternative to them?
If you agree, read on to know just the same. Here is a list of top 9 safe and effective ways to get rid of migraines:
1. The magic of water
Migraine is often triggered by dehydration. Hence, it is a good idea to drink sips of water as soon as you start getting the headache. You can also make it a habit to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day to stay hydrated and prevent a migraine attack.
But, if the attack has already flared up and is causing considerable discomfort; then, refrain from drinking chilled or ice-cold water as it can exacerbate the pain.
2. Hot water treatment
Water has an amazing quality of relieving headache from inside as well as outside. When you drink it, it can relieve migraine by improving your hydration and also help when used externally for soaking your feet.
If you are at home at the time the attack strikes, just soak your hands and/or feet in a tub of hot water.
This will increase the blood flow into the legs and hands by drawing the blood away from the head, thus reducing the pressure inside it. Applying a hot water bag on the back and the neck can also work in a similar way.
3. Muscle Relaxation
Muscle relaxation can reduce tension in the head and regulate the blood flow, which helps to ease the pressure in the cranium and reduces the headache.
You can lie down comfortably and allow for a complete relaxation of the body. Take deep breaths.
The ideal way to relax your muscles is to let a particular part of your body to become tense for a few seconds and then, relax those muscles. Focus on the feeling of relaxation while relaxing the muscles.
4. Cold compresses and ice packs
Cold compresses and ice packs can help in treating migraine headaches by reducing the pressure in the blood vessels in the head.
Ice also works as a natural anti-inflammatory agent, which is really useful against migraine headaches. Ice packs work by constricting the blood vessels, which leads to a reduced blood flow into the head.
To get quick relief from migraines, take a cloth and soak it in ice cold water. Get rid of the excess water by wringing it slightly and place it on your forehead. Refresh the cloth every 15 minutes.
If you want to avoid soaking the cloth again and again, seal it in a sandwich bag and keep it in the freezer for 30 minutes. Place it on the forehead without taking the cloth out of the bag.
Gently massage of different parts of the face, scalp, forehead, and the neck can provide a welcome relief from the attacks of migraine.
You can begin with the temple region, which lies between the corner of the eye and the top of the ear. Then, massage the part in circular motions beginning from the temple moving towards the forehead.
You can also massage the bridge of your nose with the tip of your index finger. Massaging the scalp can ease headaches by relaxing the blood vessels and regulating the blood circulation in the head.
A caffeinated beverage like coffee, green tea, or black tea, when used carefully, can help relieve the symptoms of migraine.
The level of adenosine in the blood increases during an attack of migraine. Caffeine can block the adenosine receptors, due to which the nervous system fails to detect the pain thus relieving a migraine.
However, you should avoid an over-indulgence in caffeinated beverages especially if you suffer from more than two migraine attacks per week.
7. Aerobic Exercise
Aerobic exercise may not be a cure for an acute attack of migraine; but is an effective preventive measure. It has been found that the people who exercise regularly have a much lower frequency of the attacks of migraine than those who never exercise.
Regular exercise is especially recommended for the people leading a sedentary lifestyle. They can take up brisk walking, biking, or swimming to lead a healthy life and prevent recurrent migraine attacks.
8. Lavender oil
Aromatherapy with lavender oil can provide quick relief from the disturbing symptoms of migraine. Simply add four drops of lavender oil in two cups of boiling water and take deep inhalations of the resulting vapor.
You may also use lavender oil to massage the temples and forehead. Alternatively, you can just open a bottle of lavender oil and smell its fragrance with a deep inhalation. This is the most convenient way to get rid of migraine headache when you are traveling.
Ginger is widely hailed as a potent decongestant and anti-inflammatory agent, which make it an ideal natural remedy for treating migraine headaches. Ginger also reduces nausea, which usually accompanies a migraine attack.
It also reduces the production of hormones called prostaglandins, which cause pain thus easing the symptoms of migraines. Ginger also regulates the flow of blood, and reduces the pressure in the blood vessels in the head.
You can grate or crush a small piece of fresh ginger and add it to boiling water. Let it steep for a few minutes. Strain this ginger tea into a cup, add one teaspoon of honey, and drink it!
Some more essential oils and herbs you can use to keep migraine attacks at bay:
- Butterbur (Petasites hybridus)
- Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
- Peppermint oil
- Holy basil
When you are armed with these natural remedies, you do not have to worry about a migraine attack popping up and spoiling your moods and reducing your effectiveness at home or workplace. With these simple techniques