Natural Migraine Relief

Peace, family! Migraine pain is a very common ailment from which many people suffer. The pain is typically so severe that it seems to leave no choice but to reach for the medicine cabinet in search of an effective NSAID (i.e.: Motrin, Aleve). Traditionally, the pain begins at the temple but can radiate to all areas of the head and neck. The pain may be accompanied by sensitivity to light, distorted vision, and lightheadedness.

Migraines can be caused or triggered by any number of things, but a large contributor to the pain is improper blood flow. To help identify your personal triggers, you may find it helpful to keep a journal or diary of activities, foods consumed, medicines taken, stressors, or any other occurrence during the instances in which you experience migraines. Doing this will allow you to track trends and possibly eliminate behaviors that contribute to your pain.

Researchers have suggested that those who suffer from migraine pain may be deficient or lacking in magnesium and serotonin. In order to increase magnesium levels in the body, you may try eating:

  • Almonds
  • Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Edamame
  • Flax Seed
  • Broccoli
  • Sunflower Seeds

Tryptophan is an amino acid that may help increase serotonin production. Foods that are high in tryptophan include:

  • Wild caught fish
  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin Seeds

Massage can also be a powerful tool in your arsenal against migraines and tension headaches.  You may find relief through temple massages, as well as massaging reflex points on your hands and feet. The use of essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, and rosemary can relieve pain and tension and improve blood flow throughout the body, aiding in migraine relief. Soaking your feet in a warm bath of sea salt and/or essential oils can also aid in improved blood flow.

Of course, it’s always best to consult with a physician, especially when needing to uncover underlying issues that cause your pain in the first place. These tips are meant to be supplemental and reduce the need for constant medication. Be happy and healthy!