How to calm migraines naturally? Discover some useful tips to relieve headaches naturally, effectively and at home.
There is nothing more annoying, uncomfortable and painful than a headache. They consist of a type of headache that can present not only with discomfort in the head, but also with sensitivity to light, vomiting, nausea and an annoying throbbing pain located on only one side of the head. These discomforts are usually preceded by what is medically known as “aura”, which are characterized by being a group of symptoms that warn that a severe headache is about to occur; among these symptoms we can mention changes in vision.
There are different causes that can trigger the appearance of migraine: consumption of certain foods (chocolate, dairy products, products with monosodium glutamate, meats with nitrates), withdrawal from caffeine, changes in the hormonal levels of women, alcohol consumption, physical stress or anxiety, changes in sleep patterns, skipping meals, bright lights, or loud noises.
Tips to relieve headaches naturally
1. A strong cup of coffee
Although caffeine withdrawal tends to be one of the triggers for migraine headaches, did you know that caffeine can also be a reliever? Caffeine exerts a vasodilator action, which is why many headache medications include it among their basic ingredients.
In case of migraine, having a strong cup of coffee can be of great relief. Of course, it is not recommended to add milk or sugar, as they can accentuate the headache. On the other hand, this natural remedy is not recommended for those who are giving up coffee, or for those who are sensitive to caffeine.
2. Cold compresses
Applying cold compresses to the head, forehead and back of the neck is very suitable and beneficial in relieving and calming migraine. To increase this quality, a good option is to add a few drops of lavender, valerian and chamomile essential oil to cold water, which will help you relax while the blood supply to the brain improves.
It is advisable to apply them for at least 10 minutes.
3. Hot compresses
Hot compresses also help relieve headaches, as they help relax the muscles in the area, calming the pain. On this occasion, it is best not to apply with hot water, but rather with warm water that is not very hot.
As we have indicated in the previous section when we talked about cold compresses, you can also add a few drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil. It is advisable to apply them for at least 10 minutes.
4. Chamomile and lemon infusion
There is no doubt that chamomile tea has become one of the most traditional and popular digestive remedies that exist. But did you know that it is also suitable for relieving headaches?
To make the infusion you must boil the equivalent of one liter of water in a saucepan. When it reaches the boiling point add 5 teaspoons of chamomile and a few drops of lemon. Let boil for 3 minutes. After this time, turn off the heat, cover and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Finally strain and reserve in a glass bottle. Drink this mixture throughout the day.
5. Massage with lavender oil
As we mentioned in two of the natural tips that we indicated in the previous lines, lavender oil also helps to relax and calm the headache caused by nervous tension.
To enjoy these soothing qualities, you just have to apply a few drops of lavender essential oil between your fingers, and massage the painful area for at least 10 minutes.
How can we control a migraine attack?
Many doctors and specialists advise to follow the following recommendations to control a migraine attack:
- Stay in a state of rest, avoiding annoying noises and too much light (it is better to opt for dark places).
- Compresses of cold water, alternated with hot water, and placed at the base of the neck and forehead can help.
- Perform massages on the neck and neck.
- Take a warm water bath.
How can we prevent and avoid migraines?
Although we must not forget that migraine is a chronic disease whose ailment can appear daily, it is true that -as many medical specialists’ state- the prevention of migraine is even more important than its treatment.
Many of these doctors advise:
- Follow a balanced and varied diet, eliminating from the diet those foods that cause headaches.
- Avoid situations of anxiety and stress that tend to put us in tension.
- Maintain a life as relaxed and calm as possible.
- Sleep the right hours every day.
- Avoid unhealthy habits that can aggravate the disease: alcohol and tobacco stand out.
- Avoid overeating and stick to your usual meal times (to keep blood glucose levels stable).
- Drink plenty of water every day.
- Practice exercise on a regular basis.