Migraine Relief: 13 Tips for Prevention and Management
Do you suffer from migraines? I used to experience chronic migraines. The worst one lasted for 9 weeks. It was absolutely awful. I was nauseated, smells, sounds and even moving made me miserable. Your brain is the CPU (central processing unit) of your body and when your head is not well, your whole system is down, making it difficult to function.
Any medicine I took, pretty much left me rebounding. I occasionally get a migraine from time to time but prevention has certainly helped to eliminate the number of them and I am happy to report they are no longer chronic.
I first started experiencing migraine headaches in the year 2000. Since then, I’ve tried just about every prescription on the market with limited results. I’ve had cluster migraine, occipital migraine, and migraine with aura (the not so fun flashing lights).
If you’ve been troubleshooting how to alleviate or prevent them from occurring, read on.
13 Tips for Prevention and Management of a Migraine:
- Try a Cold Pack. If you have a migraine, place a cold pack on your forehead and on the back of your neck.
- Inhale cold air- It sounds weird but if I feel a migraine coming on, I open the freezer door and take 10-20 really deep cleansing breaths. The cold air constricts blood vessels, making the blood pressure slightly elevate and the heart pumps more blood. I’ve tested this many times and the increase in blood flow helps supply more blood flow to the brain and reduces or eliminates the migraine. Talk to your doctor before doing this because certain heart conditions or people with blood pressure issues may not be able to withstand this.
- Dim the lights
- Drink plenty of water
- Try applying specially blended essential oils specifically for migraine on your pressure points. We created one called Migraine Relief and it’s available here
- See your chiropractor. You’d be amazed at how being out of alignment messes so much up in our system from gut issues and brain fog to migraine and body aches.
- Get enough sleep
- Talk to your doctor about adding these supplements to your regimen: Magnesium, Riboflavin (vitamin B2) you can actually get it all in one pill called Migrelief
- . Watch your diet. Processed foods, MSG, nitrates, avocado, alcohol (particularly beer and wine), aged cheeses can all contribute to migraines.
- . Reduce stressors
- . Practice Mindful Meditation
- . Skip the fragrance. Perfumes and body sprays are loaded with endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Beloved candles and wallflower type of plug-ins also emit toxins and VOC’s that can trigger migraines. It’s okay to politely ask others to refrain from using around you.
While there is no cure for a migraine, sometimes taking steps towards narrowing the cause may help with prevention. You may not know what causes your migraine to occur but in my experience eliminating or limiting certain triggers has been a great way to reduce the number of migraines I experience.
Cheers to taking back our health naturally, one step at a time!
-XO, Rae Soap Co.