7 Simple Ways To Soothe A Migraine
When it comes to headaches, you can’t get much worse than a migraine. When people talk about how they can’t do anything when they’ve got a migraine, they aren’t lying. Says GP Dr Ginni Mansberg, “You can’t go to work with a true migraine. You’re going to be locked in a dark room thinking your head is about to fall off.” Symptoms can include flashign lights, nausea and vomitting.
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Some people are more prone to this type of headache than others but the most important thing to remember is that many factors can contribute to getting them. Alcohol can be a trigger, just like alcohol, MSG and stress. Here are a few ways to deal with a migraine, should you ever suffer from one.
Lavender oil to calm and reduce stress
For many, just the scent of lavender can be soothing. It’s also a good home remedy for migraines (and headaches in general). You can either inhale it or apply it topically (though you have to check if you’re allergic, and never put medicinal oils directly on your skin — they need to be diluted first). If you’re inhaling the vapours, try a two to four drop ratio to three cups of boiling water.
Change your diet
Foods can affect your migraine pain and certain products like dairy, certain fruits like avocado, banana and citrus, plus meats like bacon and hot dogs can be worse triggers. The best thing to do is track what you eat in a diary and gauge from there what you should and shouldn’t eat.
Give yourself a massage
To be fair this might be quite difficult when you are suffering and in pain, but massaging your reflect points on your hands and feet can be helpful. A scalp massage can also relieve the tension and promote circulation.
Because of its cooling properties, peppermint is known to open up the sinuses which can help you breathe more clearly and calmly. This can increase oxygen to the bloodstream which can then can help alleviate the tension in a migraine.
When you have a migraine, you usually become more sensitive to light and sound. It’s best to dim the lights, and relax in a quiet room. Sleep is the best but if you can’t get there just make sure it’s dark and everyone STFU.
Go hot and cold
Applying hot or cold compresses or towels to your neck or head can help soothe and relax a migraine. Obviously each has a different function. A cold compress numbs the pain so that you can’t feel it anymore, but a hot one (or a shower or a bath) can relax tense muscles, which also helps in the long run.
Have a coffee or a coke
Caffeine can help relieve migraines in small doses, particularly in the early stages because it has the same pain reducing affects as over-the-counter pain meds.