How to Heal and Prevent Migraines Using Natural Methods
I have been suffering from constant migraines for about 10 years. I remember the first time I had a migraine, it was right after I got my wisdom teeth pulled. It was not a typical headache, it was the worse pain in my life. I felt like my head was going to explode and I didn’t know what was happening to me. I was so nauseous so had to call my stepfather to come and pick me up from work. I even couldn’t open my eyes because the light bothered me so much, the smells were amplified, the background noises were too much to handle. I went home and explained the symptoms to my mom and she said: “You had a migraine like I used to get them when I was younger”. I really didn’t know what it was and how to treat them, I took this “diagnose” as oh it’s something I Inherited from my mom so therefore there is nothing I could do.
When I was in college, I used to get migraines once or twice a month, sometimes two days in a row. I went to the doctor, they did an MRI and everything came back negative. They prescribed me medication to take to control the pain, but the side effects were far worse than an actual migraine. The meds would knock me out and I would have an upset stomach for days. I decided to not take them and just take over the counter medication. I dealt with this for years and never really look into healing this condition. I was almost ok with having migraines because my mom used to get them too. It wasn’t until last year where I had probably the worst year in my entire time having migraines that I decided to take control over my health and heal migraines.
What are migraines?
If you have had a migraine you know it is not a typical headache. According to Mayo Clinic, Migraine is a complex condition with a wide variety of symptoms. For many people, the main feature is a painful headache. Other symptoms include disturbed vision, sensitivity to light, sound, and smells, feeling sick and vomiting. Migraine attacks can be very frightening and may result in you having to lie still for several hours.
The symptoms will vary from person to person and individuals may have different symptoms during different attacks. Your attacks may differ in length and frequency. Migraine attacks usually last from 4 to 72 hours and most people are free from symptoms between attacks. A migraine can have an enormous impact on your work, family and social lives.
What causes migraines?
Unfortunately for those of us living with migraine, any number of factors can trigger an attack. From genetic makeup (in my case my mother suffered from them) to hormones to food choices to other medical conditions, if you don’t know what causes your own migraine, then preventing them becomes a lot more challenging.
Steps I have taken to heal migraines
Identify your triggers: The way to identify your triggers is to keep a migraine diary. Write down when you had a migraine , was it close to your menstrual cycle? were you ovulating? what did you eat before a migraine? did you have alcohol? if so, what type of alcohol. What was the weather like? (sometimes weather pressure can cause migraines).
Avoid the triggers: After you identify the possible triggers try to avoid them as much as you can. Meaning if you know what you get a migraine after drinking alcohol , try to give it a break for a few months to see how you feel. If you noticed you get migraines around your period then go to the doctor to check your hormone levels, consider a natural contraceptive method. To understand more your menstrual cycle, I recommend this book. If certain foods cause migraines then try to avoid them as much as your can. Try to avoid processed sugar as it causes inflammation in your body which in turn can cause you to have an attack.
Supplements: Adding supplements to my daily routine has been a game changer. I eat healthy and try to buy the best quality of food possible, but let’s be honest unless you grow your own food and your own animals you don’t really have control over where the food is coming from. Even if you buy organic bananas, they are most likely coming from Latin America and they are freeze before being transported to the USA so the nutritional value is not the same. Consider adding supplements to your diet only when needed. For migraines, I recommend Zinc and Magnesium.
Control your Stress levels: Easier said than done, I know! but it is so important to manage stress. Stress is a huge trigger for me so I try to meditate, and also do breathwork. Having a spiritual practice has helped me so much to control stress.
Kiss coffee goodbye: This was the hardest things I’ve ever done, but quitting coffee has helped me so much not only with migraines but also controlling anxiety and cluster headaches. Please know that your body is always changing, I was a huge coffee advocate because well I am Colombian so coffee is part of my culture. I had to leave that aside and understand that my body was not handling coffee well. I used to be so anxious and feeling on edge after drinking coffee. I also noticed after I stopped drinking coffee, I stopped having cluster headaches. I feel more energized, and clear-headed.
If you do get a migraine, here are some natural remedies that I have found effective:
Taking a cold shower or bath, this helps to alleviate any tension.
alleviate the extreme tension, the apply peppermint essential oil on your temples and over the area of concern may provide relief. I also love this Ayurvedic oil.
Add a combination of 5 drops of Frankincense and 5 drops of Copaiba essential oil to an empty veggie cap and taking it at the first signed of a migraine has to help me to reduce and prevent a headache from escalating to a migraine.*
I hope this information was helpful and remember everyone is different and not everything I share with you will help you, but it is definitely worth it to try. Let me know if you have any natural remedies to control/prevent migraines, I would love to know. Please share this article with someone who might benefit from this information. Again, Thank you for stopping by , I do this with lots of love 😊
Until next time,
*I only recommend taking Doterra Essential oil internally. If you buy any other brand please make sure they are safe to take internally. Please note that some essential oils are not pure and can be highly toxic.
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