Natural Remedies for Migraine
“His headache was still sitting over his right eye as if it had been nailed there” wrote Ian Fleming, in his book Moonraker. It probably is the best one liner that precisely captures a hammering migraine.
Migraine may be described as a neurological disorder, which is different from a sinus headache or the other ones. Actually, you can never ignore a migraine, because it hits one particular spot in the head with a throbbing pain, and can go on for several hours or even days. Also, these headaches are often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
Migraines can be common or classical. Classical migraine begins at a young age and may get better or worse with age; it hurts one specific spot only. Contrastingly, the common migraine occurs in the whole of the head and may or may not have all the classical symptoms given below.
Four Stages of Migraine:
A Classic Migraine involves 4 stages, although one may not experience all of it at once. These stages are as follows:
- 1. Prodrome is a warning sign announcing the coming of the migraine. It is conveyed through one or more of the following signs: constipation, depression, food cravings, hyperactivity, irritability, neck stiffness and uncontrollable yawning.
- 2. Aura is a prelude to a migraine that occurs in the nervous system and lasts from 20 min. to an hour. The signs include visual disturbances (such as bright spots, dots and zigzag lines) and speech/mortar impairment.
- 3. Attack / the headache last up to 2 or 3 days with side effects of nausea, vomiting, blurred vision and dizziness.
- 4. Postdrome is the post migraine stage, where one feels drained to the extent of having a mild euphoria.
Contact your doctor/emergency care immediately if you experience severe headaches with fever, mental confusion and/or seizures. There are many things that can trigger a migraine, such as the following.
- a. Anxiety
- b. Stress
- c. Lack of food or sleep
- d. Exposure to light
- e. Hormonal changes
- f. Foods like chocolate, cheese and additives such as MSG
- g. Smoking and alcohol
- h. Certain medication
- i. Overweight.
Natural remedies for Migraine:
You need to rest in a quiet place, where you will not be disturbed by light, sound or activity. Follow the suggestions below, in addition to a proper medical treatment.
- 1. The pleasant fragrance of rosemary oil is supposed to have a healing effect on the migraine attacks. Bill Gottlieb, in his book, New Choices in natural healing suggests many ways to use the Rosemary oil.
a. Combine 10 drops of Rosemary oil per 1 oz. of carrier oil (e.g. Grape seed oil) and massage your face and neck during a migraine attack.
b. Put few drops of Rosemary oil in an aroma diffuser/lamp to create a soothing experience.
c. Apply a few drops on a tissue and inhale it.
- 2. Food can be a triggering factor for a migraine. Avoid foods like dairy, poultry, eggs, chocolates, wheat, beef, red wine, tea, unrefined cider and other beverages containing tannin. On the other hand, incorporate more of the following food: vegetarian based diets without food additives. Eat foods high in magnesium such as spinach, leafy vegetables, whole grains, cashews and soy beans.
- 3. Juice therapy has a positive impact on many health issues. Celery juice – rich in coumarin, has a soothing impact on the vascular system and helps to deal with migraine. You could also add other vegetable juices such as carrot, cucumber, parsley and spinach with it. Drink a tall 8 oz. glass of this juice twice every day for prevention.
Migraine is a message from your body, asking you to take a break, - a break from any stress, tedious routine or a food factor. Heal your body with natural remedies!
Gottlieb, B (Ed.) (1997). New Choices in natural healing (2nd Edition). New York, Bantam Books.