Migraines are really serious, intense headaches usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and intense sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can cause nasal congestion and a runny nose, with a kind of feeling as if your head is going to explode.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the root of migraines is still mostly unknown, although migraine patients can often recognize their triggers. Your migraine can be anything from hormonal changes, stress or even sudden climate changes.
Over 36 million Americans experience a migraine, or one in four households in the U.S. has someone who suffers from it.
Here are some suggestions on how to treat migraine headaches without medication:
1. Vicks VapoRub
Alison Jacobson, a blogger from Safety Mom, says that when she has a headache, applying Vicks VapoRub to her temples and forehead is so powerful, that eases the pain instantly.
Also, a peppermint essential is of great help, too. Just make sure to apply it directly on the forehead and temples, and the pain will disappear in 30 minutes.
2. Ice and banana peel compress
This might sound a bit wacky until you realize ice wrapped in a banana peel is nothing more than a potassium-rich cold compress. Applying cold compresses on your head and neck relieves the pain of a migraine.
3. Olive oil
A study by the “DAM” in Providence shows that olive oil a fish oil effectively decreases the severity, duration, and frequency of regular migraines in adolescents. Moreover, the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids found in them, prevent blood clotting.
4. Lavender oil
According to research published in European Neurology just two drops of lavender in a pot of boiling water is enough to soothe your throbbing migraine. In fact, lavender has the ability to boost mood, treat anxiety, lower high blood pressure, and relieve muscle spasms.
Flaxseed is a superfood that ancient Egyptians used to manage migraines, constipation, hot flashes, and breast pain. Flax seeds are rich in fiber and omega-3 essential fatty acids, which promote brain function and lower the risk of heart disease.
The Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy has found that consuming 2 teaspoons of raw honey during mealtimes can prevent migraine attacks. Also, you should take a tablespoon of honey at the first sign of the migraine in order to prevent it, as honey is instantly absorbed in the bloodstream.
7. Peanut butter and ginger
This treatment is suggested by the holistic therapists, which claims it’s the best remedy for migraine issues. Make a paste using peanut butter and grated ginger, and evenly apply it to the temples, thus helps the body receive magnesium and arginine.
8. Neck stretches
Muscle-tension can trigger or escalate a migraine. Stretch for 20 minutes twice a day to stop a headache. Start moving your chin forward, upward and toward your shoulders. You should hold your head in each position for five seconds then rest for five seconds.