Welcome back to part two of our “Quick Tips for Migraine Relief” segment. If you have not read part one, you can find it here. Without further ado, here are the next seven tips for your migraine relief needs.
Several studies suggest mind-body techniques, such as meditation, may also help to alleviate pain. When we meditate, we are increasing activity of the sympathetic nervous system, slowing heart rate and relaxing blood vessels while decreasing stress. These affects may help to reduce migraine pain.
Read this and learn more about meditation: 3 Relaxation Tools For Migraine Attack Fears
10. Try Aromatherapy
Essential oils like lavender, chamomile or peppermint, when rubbed onto the skin nearest the area of pain, have also been shown to reduce migraine pain. These oils directly interact with body chemistry to ease pain and associated symptoms like nausea, restlessness, depression or anxiety.
11. Consume Ginger
Whether it’s ginger root, ginger candy or ginger tea, studies suggest consuming ginger before a migraine develops can help keep nausea and vomiting away. The substances contained in the ginger’s oil may also possess some anti-inflammatory qualities and could alter hormone levels to reduce migraine pain.
12. Cold or Hot Compression
Applying hot and cold temperatures to the forehead, temples and neck may also quickly help to reduce pain. A cold compress reduces inflammation and heat can be applied to the base of the head and neck to relieve tense muscles that could be contributing to pain.
13. Consume Cayenne
Oddly enough, cayenne does more than spice up your main dish. When consumed during an attack, the active chemical in the plant may desensitize nerve endings to reduce the transmittance of pain signals in the brain. Sufferers can mix cayenne powder with a starchy food or combine 10 tablespoons with a glass of water to benefit from its effects; however, it should not be taken regularly in conjunction with aspirin, as this combination interferes with liver enzymes.
14. Apple Cider Vinegar Compress
Apple cider vinegar acts as a natural remedy for a number of different ailments, including migraines. Pour a fourth cup of vinegar into three cups of boiling water and remove the pot from the stove. Drape a towel over your head and breathe the vapors, being careful not to get too close to the steam (as it can cause burns).
15. Drink Fish Oil
While it may not be the most appetizing solution to migraine pain, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may help to reduce the effects of an attack by acting as an anti-inflammatory, thinning the blood and steadying heart rate. It is recommended that sufferers take one tablespoon of fish oil with a glass of orange juice.
Read these quick tips before you travel: The Traveling Migraine Sufferer: Tips for Relief During Travel
As an added precaution, migraine sufferers should strategically pack a migraine relief emergency kit. An emergency kit can include any medications, supplements or tools that can help you to overcome a migraine attack. Store the kit in an easy to reach location and never leave home without it. Many of the quick tips listed above will make great additions to your emergency kit and most can be implemented at any time in any place to combat migraine pain and related symptoms.
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