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Natural Migraine Remedies that actually work

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In this post, I’m going to tell you about 6 simple, natural migraine remedies that real migraine sufferers report as actually giving them true relief.

If you suffer from migraines, you know how truly awful they can be. In addition to what is often debilitating pain, people with migraines can have nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to lights and sounds.

It makes me so sad that anyone has to go through this kind of illness.

Honestly, there are so many unpleasant things a person with migraines can experience, it would take an entire blog post to talk about all of them.

Instead, let’s focus on things you can do today that will (hopefully) lessen your pain.

I hope you find these tips as helpful as people say they are.

Natural Migraine Remedies

Please have a chat with your doctor before you try anything new. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s always safe or that it will work for your particular kind of a headache.

Cream of Tartar

We spotted this on Facebook from Shea Staggs-Houck. She says she puts a little bit under her tongue…then mixes together half a teaspoon of

cream of tartar with 8 ounces of water and putting it under your tongue could bring you instant migraine relief.  She also says that within

minutes, she felt her migraine ease up.  She had even taken her migraine medication twice with no relief. She wanted to share this

information with others because it truly did work for her.

Natural Migraine Remedies

Ice Pack

The research is ongoing as to why cold compresses help migraine sufferers, but the studies that have been done show promising results.

It may sound to you like an ice pack is one of the natural migraine remedies that is too simple to work. I encourage you to think differently about that.

A study in 2006 used cold “gel caps” on the heads of people with migraines. The results showed that it helps. (source)

If you’d like to try the same therapy, I found the ICEKAP on Amazon and it has some really great reviews.

Magnesium

There are thousands and thousands of people suffering from awful migraines who swear by this mineral.

The American Migraine Foundation says it can be highly effective.

Don’t buy just any magnesium supplement, though. Magnesium oxide is the one you want.

It has high levels of the mineral and is the one doctors recommend.

Vitamins B6, B9, B12 and Folate (B9)

Although a few studies have been done to determine whether these vitamins really work for migraines, doctors say more should be done.

However, some people who take the supplements to lessen their migraine frequency say it works. They feel they have fewer migraines and that they are much less severe when they do have one.

(B12 is found in meat, fish poultry, and dairy.)

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, or you don’t eat a balanced diet, it’s possible you may not be getting what you need. (Unless you’re eating other fortified foods.)

In any case, it’s definitely worth having a conversation with your doctor about whether you should add these to your arsenal of weapons to battle migraines.

Document Your Diet

If you aren’t keeping a list of every food you eat and drink along with any sort of side effect afterward, you may be missing something really important.

Your body could be telling you what’s causing your migraines, but because you can’t see the pattern, you’re missing the signals.

Of all the natural migraine remedies I found in my research, this one is the easiest to do that can really, really help.

Try keeping a notebook (or use an app like Google Keep) to track everything you eat and drink. Make a note each time you have a migraine.

If you see something that looks like a certain food correlates with having a migraine, take the info to your doctor and talk about whether you might need to dig a little deeper.

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade 

This Lavender Tea Recipe works wonders for relieving our migraines. Find the recipe from Good Living Guide HERE.

Butterbur

Butterbur is a perrenial plant that is in the sunflower family. The leaves are large and were used a long time ago to wrap butter.

Humans have used it for over 2000 years for all sorts of ailments.

People who use it to treat migraines say it’s one of the natural migraine remedies that truly works wonders.

Having said that, you should know that the American Academy of Neurology actually took away the endorsement they once gave Butterbur because of safety concerns.

Turns out there are some potential cancer-causing substances in a few brands – not all brands, though.

You should ONLY use Butterbur products that are certified and have a label that reads “PA-free.”

DO NOT use any sort of raw, unprocessed butterbur.

In short, before you take it you should talk to a pharmacist about which brands are safe and PA-free.

In closing, I sure hope you find something here that can give you a bit of relief. No one deserves to live in fear of getting a migraine, and no one should miss out on all the things that make life good because they have to be in a quiet, dark room.

Do you have migraines?

How do you handle them? I hope you feel comfortable enough to share your own struggles in the comments.

If you have found something that works for you, please tell us about it. No one wants to be in pain and it may be your story that helps someone find a solution.

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I don’t know if this will work for anyone else. But I usually take 4 ibuprofen and this 2 sinus headache medicine that I get at the Dollar Tree.( I know it sounds funny.) And I get an ice pack for back of my neck and one for over my eyes. I lay down in bed and usually pass out. By the time I wake up I’m better. But if I don’t do this, end up so sick I start throwing up. So usually as soon as I noticed one coming. I do this.

I’m not sure if ibuprofen is different in other countries but in New Zealand, you should only take two at a time after food and then you can take another two in 6 to 8 hours time.

I used to have very little time to take the medication from the first onset of a migraine (when I start to get tunnel vision). If not taken in the first 15 or 20 minutes, it doesn’t have time to work before I vomit it back up. Once I start vomiting, I making myself vomit more (usually by drinking a luke worm hot chocolate and finger down the throat) to empty the stomach. Then I only had the intense headache to deal with. For this, I would sit in a chair in a darkened room with my feet in bucket of hot water and an ice pack on my head. This would help drain the blood from my head and it felt like it was relieving the pressure inside my head. I am one of the lucky ones who only had them last a day. The following day my scalp would still be tender to touch and I couldn’t brush my hair. I really feel for those who have the ones that last 3 days. I am even luckier these days in that when my vision starts to go, if I can got to a dark place and shut my eyes for 15 or 20 minutes then usually it will not eventuate into anything. I have never heard of using Cream of Tartar but if I ever get past the tunnel vision stage again, I will be giving it a go. I always have Cream of Tartar in my pantry.

A drop of peppermint oil behind your earlobes works for me

My remedy for the migraine headaches I get is that I lay on my back and hang my head off of the end of the bed. I lay still for about an hour and my headache seems to be gone.

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