Better than Pills! These things will squash migraines!

Better than Pills!  These things will squash migraines!

Throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head, that gets worse with movement and can last from 4hrs to 72 hours?  That’s a migraine; a serious, debilitating condition that can lay a sufferer flat on their back with symptoms that can vary from nausea to crippling illness.

First on the list:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar:  It’s cure-all for so many conditions, migraines included.  Mix in a cup of water 1 tsp raw honey and 1 tbsp of organic apple cider vinegar.  Drink this daily as a preventative and drink if you feel an attack coming on and during a migraine attack.

2. Hot and Cold compresses:  Try to relax in a quiet, dark room.  Alternating hot and cold compresses on your forehead will help you to relax your head muscles and help with blood circulation.  Ice packs on their own are a popular home remedy as it gets rid of tension and the numbing sensation helps reduce pain.

3. Chamomile Tea:  Chamomile is anti-inflammatory and is known for its soothing, relaxing properties.  Drink this tea regularly to help prevent migraines.

4. Almonds:  Almonds are a healthy snack which you should definitely add to your snack list!  Eating almonds will help you release endorphins that reduce the headaches.

5. Caffeine:  Caffeine restricts blood vessels and blocks certain receptors that could be causing the migraine.  A cup of strong black coffee, without sugar, will relieve your migraine headache symptoms.

6. Ginger:  Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory abilities.  It does not allow blood vessels to get inflamed therefore it helps increase blood flow to the body and cures the pain.  Chewing on a small slice of raw ginger help alleviate nausea.  Sip on a ginger tea.  Cut up a chunk of fresh ginger (no need to peel).  Cover with boiling water.  Add a little honey and a squeeze of lemon for the perfect ginger tea.

While there is no known cure for migraines and traditional medicines can be helpful, most of us have  these natural remedies in our kitchen pantry and can use them right now!  Next time you feel a migraine attack coming on, head for the kitchen and try one or several of these natural home remedies.

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