Migraines. They are just the worst. Having your head feel like it’s pounding off the wall is just uncomfortable, and often really painful.
They’re usually caused by an exceeding amount of stress and anxiety. But they can also be a result of hormonal changes, change in diet and sleep pattern.
Before we dive into finding the right natural remedy for migraine relief for you, let’s discover the what is the difference between a headache and a migraine.
What is the difference between a headache and a migraine?
Well what do you know! Turns out a migraine is a type of headache and not a separate condition. Headaches are generally believed to be a less intense form of a headbanger than migraines.
But migraines are usually associated with other kinds of physical issues such as nausea, vomiting and most commonly a increased sensitivity to light.
So what causes a migraine?
A migraine is usually caused by changes in the brainstem and the disruption with the trigeminal nerve. Your serotonin levels (which helps regulate pain in your nervous system) are affected during this process. This is what scientists believe can cause your trigeminal system to release substances called neuropeptides, causing the pain in the migraine.
What are the natural remedies for migraines?
Thankfully there are a handful of natural remedies for migraines! Here at Meditation Relax Club we believe that although painkillers work, they only work temporarily.
It is better for your body to only take medicine when you really need to. Taking painkillers each time you fell a little ill, can seriously lower your immune system, causing you to fall ill more often.
Herbal Migraine Treatment
There are many herbal migraine treatments, and you can usually find these herbs at any local health shop. But let’s look a little closer. The two most popular herbal migraine treatment involve the herbs Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) and Butterbur (Petasites hybridus). What’s the difference in each plant?
Found in the Balkan Mountains, Feverfew was used as a natural remedy in ancient Greece way back in the 5th Century B.C. It had been used for the same variety of ailments as it is today, including: migraines, dizziness, inflammation and breathing problems. So if you’re really looking for something guaranteed to work, try Feverfew.
Preparation: Usually in the form of dried leaves, flowers and stems. You can purchase the leaves and use a diffuser to create a super healthy tea. However if available you can purchase the supplements. Or if you want to go all Bear Grylls you can just eat the leaves raw.
Butterbur is a much more commonly available kind of herbal migraine treatment. How so? To begin it’s found all over wet areas of Europe, Asia and North America! Like Feverfew, it has been used over the centuries to for various purposes. Including preserving their butter.
Yep, people used to wrap their butter in this leaf in warm weather. More commonly it is used to treats headaches, asthma, allergies, coughs and fever.
You can get Butterbur in pill form for the treatment of migraines and any other sort of headaches!
Homeopathic Migraine Relief.
‘Homeopathic treatment’ generally involves all forms of natural remedies. For example: plenty of homeopathic migraine relief treatments include herbal treatments. But they’re herbal remedies are usually aimed at more specific kinds of migraines. Let’s look at a few.
Iris Versicolor – for migraines with nausea and vomiting.
Many people swear by this medicine when suffering from migraines with nausea and vomiting, which isn’t uncommon. This particular plant is great for treating your head and upset tummy. It is also good if you are suffering from any visual disturbances.
We’ve all had those sharp punches of pain with a migraine in a brightly lit area. You can usually find Iris Versicolor at your local health store in the form of a pill.
Sanguinaria – for migraines which occur on one side.
Sanguinaria is very commonly used homeopathic remedy for right sided migraines. Typically, the pain will start in the back of the head and settles in the right eye.
This isn’t a weird sounding as it feels. The pain can be anything from moderate to very painful. Just head down to your local health store and you should be able to find Sanguinaria in the form of a pill and supplement.
Meditating in the Dark
I know this sounds a bit bizarre, but it works for me every single time. Artificial light can have such a bad impact on your migraine, those of you who spend plenty of time in offices or classrooms will understand. You are on the commute home with a pounding headache with the stress of your day still on your shoulders. Here’s how to get rid of that burden.
When you get home put aside half an hour for yourself. Make sure there is as little light as possible. Lie down on a yoga mat, on your bed or up in a chair. Turn on music designed to ease your mind and help relax.
Breathe deep. Focus on your body relaxing. This does wonders for your migraine. It also helps you perk up so you can enjoy the rest of your evening without pain and suffering.
Never meditated before? No big deal. It’s incredibly simply, you can check out our blog ‘The First-Timers Guide Meditation for Beginners’ for simple and informative instructions so you can get the most of your chill time.
If you’re interested in looking into the health benefits of herbal tea our blog ‘The Tea Guide: Types of Tea & Their Benefits’ looks at a ton of teas and their yummy natural remedies. Until next time, stay healthy and stay happy!