Migraines

Thyme and Rosemary oil

To relieve headache pain, dab a drop or two of thyme or rosemary essential oil on each temple and on your forehead. Rub gently into the skin, then sit quietly for several minutes to let these natural headache remedies work. In a 2010 study, researchers discovered that thyme and rosemary oils contain carvacrol, a substance that acts as a COX-II inhibitor, much like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, do.

Magnesium

Headache researchers say that migraine sufferers should keep this essential mineral in their medicine chests. Turns out, migraineurs (the term docs use to describe folks who get these head-splitters) have low levels of magnesium in their brains during attacks and may also have a general magnesium deficiency. In fact, two placebo-controlled clinical studies have shown that taking magnesium supplements can prevent the headaches. Experts recommend taking 400 milligrams a day of chelated magnesium, magnesium oxide, or slow-release magnesium. Note: Magnesium may cause diarrhea in some people. Magnesium is also high in foods like pumpkin seeds, mackerel, dried figs, and dark chocolate.

Vitamin B2

In one study, 59 percent of participants slashed migraine frequency by half after taking 400 milligrams of this vitamin (known as riboflavin) daily for three months. For the volunteers who took a placebo, just 15 percent of them reported fewer migraine events. Almonds, sesame seeds, certain fish, and some hard cheeses are high in this vitamin.

Butterbur

A herb called butterbur has proved itself so effective for migraine relief that physicians who specialize in treating migraines often recommend it. At least three studies have been conducted on Petadolex, an over-the-counter butterbur extract, and in each study, the herb has significantly reduced migraine attacks when compared to a placebo. The recommended dosage is 75 milligrams twice a day for one month, then 50 milligrams twice a day.

Ginger

Ginger may work against migraines by inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis. What’s more, ginger helps quell the nausea that often accompanies migraines—you can use ginger for a whole host of health benefits. Create a homemade tea by gently simmering three quarter-sized slices of ginger-root in 2 cups of water, covered, for 30 minutes.

Chamomile

Chamomile tea has compounds that help ease pain and relax you. Brew up a cup using one chamomile tea bag to a cup of just-boiled water. Allow to steep, covered, for 10 minutes. Sweeten with honey, if desired. Take a few minutes to sip the hot tea slowly while sitting in a quiet spot.

Peppermint and Lavender oils

Some natural healers believe footbaths are powerful natural headache remedies. The hot water draws blood to your feet, easing the pressure on the blood vessels in your head. By adding a few drops of peppermint and/or lavender essential oils, the aroma provides soothing relief.

Sourced from Readers Digest, December 20, 2017

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