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Best Migraine Relief Tips to Use at Home

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The key is knowing how to manage migraines

You know that the migraine pain is coming, but you just can’t stop it. You know the triggers, so you try to avoid them. But the pain creeps up anyway and you are left with the nauseating throb of a migraine. In such situations, we all want some kind of magic wand to ease the pain and discomfort — something that will make the headache go away as if by magic.

Fortunately, there are several ways to manage your migraines and lessen their impact on your life. The key is knowing how to manage them when they strike. Here is an article sharing some of my top tips for migraine relief.

Try to identify your migraine triggers

Migraines have no single cause. It is not as if you saw a black cat cross your path, ate some cheese and then got sick. It is more complicated than that. Nevertheless, certain activities and foods do tend to trigger migraine headaches. A common example is stress. Other common triggers include certain foods, lack of sleep, strong smells, weather changes, drinking enough water and skipping meals.

The first step towards migraine relief is to try to identify your migraine triggers. Once you know what brings them on, you can take steps to avoid them. When you are more aware of how your migraines operate, you can take steps to prevent them before they start.

Even a simple smoothie with healthy ingredients can help relieve a migraine

Try keeping a headache diary

When you have had a series of migraines, it can be difficult to keep track of what triggers them. You might not even realize they are connected to a particular event or situation. A headache diary can help you to see a pattern in your migraines. It can also serve as evidence when seeking help from a doctor or other health care professional. Keeping a headache diary can help you to identify your migraine triggers and patterns.

An anti-inflammatory diet may help prevent future headaches

A migraine is a pain response in your nervous system. It is an inflammatory response to painful stimuli. If you are particularly susceptible to migraines, then you might want to consider taking an anti-inflammatory diet and supplements before you get sick. A diet that is rich in anti-inflammatory foods and a daily supplement of turmeric and ginger can help to stop migraines from developing. This is particularly important if you are prone to getting migraine headaches with little or no warning. You may not be able to identify your triggers, so you can’t avoid them. In this case, an anti-inflammatory diet and supplements can help you to manage your migraines.

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Essential oils are said to help during a migraine attack

Essential oils are becoming more and more popular, both as a natural healing remedy and as a form of self-care. When applied topically, they can have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial effects. They also smell amazing. Some essential oils have been shown to have migraine-reducing effects, including peppermint, lavender, and rosemary. If you are already experiencing a migraine attack, you can try rubbing a few drops of one or more of these oils on your temples or behind your ears. Alternatively, you can mix them with some coconut oil and apply this to the painful area.

My Lavender Go-To Essential Oil for Migraine Relief

Get physical, whether it’s exercise or massage

Exercise is a wonderful migraine reliever. It has many health benefits and can reduce migraine frequency and intensity. Whether it is aerobic exercise or a gentle massage, movement is your best friend when a migraine strikes. If you don’t have the time or desire to do a formal workout, you can try doing some gentle stretching. Massage is also a great way to reduce the impact of migraines. Whether you get a professional massage or give yourself a self-massage, the benefits are the almost identical.

Take medication only when necessary

When a migraine is at its worst, it is difficult to think clearly about alternatives to medication. The migraine is all you can think about. If you have tried all the above migraine relief tips and nothing has worked, then take a painkiller. Don’t let the headache rule your life. It is important to keep hydrated, eat regularly, and get enough sleep.

In my experience it's better to avoid migraine medication as much as possible, it is not always possible to do so. Medication is not a long-term solution to migraine pain. You will only make things worse if you become dependent on it. Avoid taking medication daily if at all possible. Use it as a short-term solution when nothing else works, but don’t get into the bad habit of taking painkillers every day.

Conclusion

Migraine is a debilitating condition that affects millions of people every year. It is often difficult to deal with because it is unpredictable and the symptoms can be debilitating. The good news is that there are several ways to manage your migraines and lessen their impact on your life. These include trying to identify your migraine triggers, keeping a headache diary, going on an anti-inflammatory diet and using supplements, using essential oils, getting physical, and taking medication only when necessary.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Lucy Jones

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