Wednesday, November 28, 2012

5 All-Natural Migraine Remedies

Rosemary oil stimulates blood flow.
Rosemary oil stimulates blood flow.
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I’ve talked before about migraines and how frustrating, painful, and completely debilitating they can be. And as someone who’s had them for over ten years, I certainly know how difficult it can be to get rid of them. Certainly I’ve never had complete success at vanquishing the old foe, but there are some natural remedies that make my life a lot easier.

Most of the time, migraines are triggered by something. If you can find out what is causing your headaches, you can potentially eliminate that trigger from your life. Sometimes it’s food: sharp cheeses, alcoholic beverages, caffeine, and even grapefruit can trigger a migraine. 

If you suspect your trigger might be some type of food or drink, go on an elimination diet for two weeks. During this time, remove all common food allergies (gluten, dairy, citrus, peanuts, caffeine, sugar, and soy), then slowly reintroduce them once your two weeks are up. If you display signs of a food allergy, you may have found your culprit.

Sitting up straight has personally been my biggest obstacle in overcoming migraines. I slouched until I was about fifteen, when I realized it was giving me some serious grief. Poor posture can torque your neck, shoulder, and back muscles, causing tension and potentially migraines. This is why my preferred therapy is massage therapy, and sitting up straight is my preferred remedy!

Good posture can help prevent migraines.
Good posture can help prevent migraines.
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Magnesium is a powerful remedy in the fight against migraines. It affects the blood flow regulation to your brain, which is something migraines severely compromise. It’s also a natural muscle relaxant, and could potentially help with those tight back, neck, and shoulder muscles I was talking about.

Herbal medicines like feverfew can also help with migraine attacks, decreasing their frequency and intensity. Butterbur is also another herb that can relax blood vessels in the brain and prevent migraines. Rosemary oil stimulates blood flow and can help remedy migraines, too.

Coq10, or Coenzyme Q10 has been found to reduce migraine attacks and resulting nausea from migraines. It’s also a natural energy booster and can also be good for the heart, blood sugar balance, the nervous system, cholesterol management, and blood pressure in individuals with diabetes.
                                                                                     
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