According to the World Health Organisation, migraines are one of the top 20 disabling medical conditions in the world. Symptoms range from minor – increased sensitivity to light and sound, sharp head pains, tingling in the arms and legs – to severe – blind sports, nausea and vomiting.
If you suffer from migraines, chances are you’ve tried every kind of medication recommended.
When you don’t have any medicine on-hand or simply want to try other remedies as well, give these at-home methods for migraine relief a go.
1. Cold, dark and quiet
Light, especially bright white or fluorescent light, exacerbates migraine pain. If able, shut yourself in your bedroom and close the blinds to prevent added discomfort.
Wear comfortable headphones to block out any noise, and place an ice pack or cold cloth on your forehead to reduce the blood flow and cool the head.
Escaping into the dark and quiet for a while should not only relieve some of the pain, but hasten your recovery too.
2. Apple cider vinegar
Packed with nutrients, apple cider vinegar is an excellent cupboard cure for migraines. The simple concoction also helps to regulate high blood pressure and aid detoxification.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey to a tall glass of warm water and drink when you feel a migraine coming on. Add lemon for extra flavour if preferred.
Magnesium carries a wealth of health benefits, and while the mineral won’t relieve migraine pain it may help prevent migraines in the first place. Magnesium is vital in the production of protein and energy.
It also supports nerve function and muscle operation. Leafy greens are good sources of magnesium, as are nuts, seeds, beans, fish, yoghurt, avocados and various other foods. You can also take magnesium tablets.
4. Low-intensity exercise
While high-intensity exercise can actually trigger migraines, low-intensity exercise can help prevent them. The endorphins your body releases when exercising reduce the perception of pain and also create a positive feeling.
Slower movements, such as yoga poses, release endorphins without straining the mind or body. Practicing a mild form of exercise like yoga or pilates can not only make migraines feel less intense, but actually lessen the frequency of them.
5. Vitamin B12
An essential vitamin for combating fatigue, maintaining healthy cardiovascular and nervous systems and aiding enzyme production, B12 has a number of perks.
It boosts energy levels, mood and memory, and promotes heart, skin, hair and digestive health. Aside from taking tablets, you can find vitamin B12 in milk, cheese, eggs, fish and chicken.