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Natural Remedies for Migraines

A migraine is a severe recurring headache that many people experience at some point throughout their life. Over-the-counter medications can be helpful for some, but there are natural ways to relieve migraine pain. Natural remedies are useful and affordable alternatives to effectively control and minimize migraines. Below are some safe and natural treatments Orlando caregivers can recommend for their senior loved ones.

Aromatherapy

A few drops of lavender oil in boiling water will generate vapors that can be inhaled to help relieve migraine pain. Many medicinal oils should not be applied directly to the skin, but lavender can be applied topically without harm. Peppermint oil may also help when inhaled as it opens the sinuses and promotes blood flow to ease the pain.

Massage

Massaging the head and specifically the back of the head at the base of the skull can help reduce the pain caused by migraine headaches. You might also massage the neck and temples to release built-up tension causing migraine headache. This method provides almost immediate but temporary relief for those with chronic migraines.

Teas

Both ginger and green tea can help fight migraine headache pain. In addition to migraine relief, ginger root is also effective in reducing nausea, which often accompanies migraine headaches. As for green tea, the caffeine constricts blood vessels to relieve migraine pain. Drinking tea also helps prevent the body from dehydrating, which is a common source of headaches and migraines.

Foods

Foods containing vitamin B2 can help treat migraine severity as well as frequency. This vitamin helps relieve migraine pain by reducing the body’s homocysteine levels. The best food sources of vitamin B2 are liver, lean beef, venison, whole grains, and yogurt. While these foods are ideal for migraine relief, it is important to stay away from chocolate as this can bring on migraines.

All of the above remedies are inexpensive or free to test out. Medications can cause unwanted side effects and may interfere with other medications currently being used, but simple diet changes, hydration, and aromatherapy can help seniors stave off painful migraines. Home Care Assistance of Orlando provides comprehensive live-in and hourly care to help seniors maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle in the comfort of home. Our dedicated caregivers promote health and wellness by encouraging nutritious eating, regular exercise, and other aspects of healthy living. Call us today at (407) 232-7155 to learn more and schedule a free consultation.