If you suffer from migraines, these simple solutions will completely change your life
Cailyn Finkel 6/8/2016
It seems like migraines always strike at the most inopportune time! But instead of reaching for the pill bottle the next time a nasty headache strikes, you can try some of these unique and powerful solutions. From natural elements that can bring rapid relief, to a detox bath that will soothe your pain, as well as your soul, there's something for everyone with these helpful headache hacks!
An Unlikely Element
Magnesium has long been known as a safe alternative to chemical-filled pain medications! Since migraines are often caused by low levels of magnesium, taking this natural supplement can provide relief better than most other alternatives! This works by blocking a specific type of brain waves signals called "cortical spreading depression" that cause some of the worst migraine symptoms like sensitivity to light and nausea. So before the next migraine hits, prepare yourself! Taking a magnesium supplement of just 200 mg a day can drastically reduce the frequency of those painful headaches.
Take A Wiff Of That
Science has proven that sniffing a red or green apple can actually help reduce the nagging pain of a migraine! According to the Smell and Taste Foundation in Chicago, the specific scent of an apple can reduce the painful muscle contractions associated with headaches and migraines! In fact, Mehmet Oz, MD, director of Columbia University Medical Center's Integrative Medicine Center, discovered that this type of aromatherapy is extremely effective in patients with advanced-stage arthritis.
Jump In The Bathtub
Turn a relaxing bath into a potent detox session by adding a cup of baking soda, essential oils (like peppermint, lavender or sandalwood) and two cups of apple cider vinegar the the warm water! Mixing in the baking soda will kill any bacteria on your skin and reduce irritability - it will also leave your skin feeling silky smooth after you dry off! The few drops of essential oil you added will soothe your mind and provide an escape for any built-up stress and tension in your body, and the apple cider vinegar works to draw toxins out of your body! By removing these toxins, the vinegar provides powerful pain relief, can soothe a fresh sunburn and can even help heal poison ivy rashes.
Rub In The Pepper
Cayenne pepper isn't just for cooking! If you mix cayenne powder with a few drops of water and apply it to your strained neck muscles (and very lightly on your temples), you'll get warming relief that will distract your brain from the pain of the headache. Doctor Axe explains this on his website.
"The capsaicin in cayenne is good for treating pain and inflammation - cayenne depletes the bodily element that makes us feel pain, called substance P, by stimulating a pain response in another area of the body. When there is less substance P, the pain messages no longer reach the brain, and you feel relief."
Now your mind focused on the soothing warmth instead of the migraine-related "substance P." It's all in your head, with this one!
Or you could go the opposite route and try to cool down your muscles instead! By applying a few dabs of peppermint essential oil to your temples, you can experience lasting relief from your migraine symptoms. This happens because the peppermint oil naturally works to cool your skin in that area, which increases blood flow around your forehead. In turn, the muscle contractions that cause headaches are reduced and you're left feeling as good as new!
Try A Little Ginger
Just a pinch of ginger can help with the most painful of headaches. In addition to migraine relief, WebMD explains that you can use ginger to solve a host of other problems like motion sickness, morning sickness, upset stomach, loss of appetite, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, and diabetes. To use this as an effective pain reliever, you'll need to steep a tablespoon of dry ginger powder in boiling water. Then you can drink the ginger-steeped water, inhale the vapor as the water boils, or you can opt to do both!
Incorporate The Apple Cider Vinegar
It's a little-known fact that apple cider vinegar has been used for decades to provide lasting headache relief. The easiest way to use this is by adding a few tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar to a large glass of water, then gulp it down! This trick should made the pain start to fade away in about 15 minutes or so. Another way to use apple cider vinegar to soothe a headache is by soaking a cloth in the pungent liquid and applying it directly to your forehead. You'll start to feel better before you know it!
Freeze Out Your Headache
The old wive's tale about brain freezes curing headaches has traveled far and wide, but it has never been truly backed up by science - until today! Live Science explained that while researching what causes brain freezes in the first place, a group of scientists discovered your brain experiences a sudden increase of blood flow during this phenomenon! It may be painful temporarily, but once the ice-cold torture passes, the headache will be gone thanks to the unexpected rush of blood to your brain.
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Lasting Relief You Can Count On
Now that you know the secrets behind getting rid of your headaches and migraines for good, you can share them with your friends and loved ones. No one deserves to suffer from debilitating pain when these helpful solutions exist!