Do you suffer from, “pain in the brain”?
I do sometimes, not as much as serious migraine sufferers; even still I wanted to know the natural ways to relieve the problems of headaches.
Headaches for me are all to do with either stress or dehydration; the second being much easier to deal with than the first. If I allow a headache to take hold then I can be in a pretty bad place; I am much smarter if I deal with, “the pain in my brain” earlier rather than later.
I asked Lily if there were some natural remedies she could recommend to help deal with the problems of migraine, both preventative and to help when they strike. From what I see from family and friends who suffer, migraine is a, “pain in the head” best to be avoided.
There is one remedy I know many friends follow, Chinese chrysanthemum tea. Have you tried it? All I know is it requires huge amounts to make a difference, but it can change life around. Perhaps it has the same benefits of the herb, Feverfew, a relative of the daisy family.
Any other remedies we should be aware of? xv
5 Ways To Relieve Migraine
Up your intake of B vitamins
Vitamin B2, B12 and folic acid have been shown to offer migraine relief and reduce frequency and severity.
Foods rich in B vitamins include: meat, fish, eggs, beans, lentils, avocado, nuts, seed and nutritional yeast.
Ice packs and peppermint oil
Ice packs for the forehead and temples are one of the easiest and most popular ways to alleviate migraine pain.
For even better results you can first massage 1 drop of soothing peppermint oil to each of your temples. Peppermint can help to dilate blood vessels within the brain, making it an invaluable essential oil for treating headaches.
Cayenne pepper tea
When a migraine strikes, cayenne pepper can be used as an amazing natural pain reliever. Capsaicin is the active ingredient and works by desensitising nerve endings so the signalling of pain to the brain stops.
Try mixing 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper with lemon juice in a cup of warm water and drink.
Feverfew is a traditional medicinal herb use to reduce occurrence, duration and intensity of migraines.
It’s possible to buy the pretty Fewerfew plant or even grow your own at home. Try adding one large leaf or three small leaves per day to salads or sandwiches for migraine relief.
Studies have shown that those who are deficient in magnesium will suffer from a greater frequency of migraines. By supplementing or increasing your magnesium intake, it’s possible to reduce the occurrence by up to 41.6%.
Magnesium rich foods consist of: dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocado and dark chocolate.
pain in the brain: 5 ways to relieve migraine, lily soutter
Lily Soutter is a Nutritionist & Nutritional Therapist
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