HEALTH & FITNESS
Pounding temples, throbbing skull... you feel like a freight train just crashed into your head and there's no escape from the pain.
Often this sort of feeling stops you in your tracks. Stress, poor diet, dehydration, allergies- there are any number of factors that cause headaches and migraines. However, we typically take something to ease the symptoms because we are unable to solve the root of the problem. Headaches and migraines can be a signal we either need to change something or add something to our body or routine that we are missing.
Migraines are a debilitating condition that can put you down for the count. They are no joke and can affect every aspect of your life from work to home and everything in between. More than just a headache, nausea, vomiting, and blurred vision can all occur under the spell of a migraine.
Migraines are often a repetitive condition that come back to haunt you. You may turn to popping aspirin or other medications, but if you're like me, you long for a different long-term solution.
So what can you do? Here are some drug-free, natural, alternatives to help you cope with out-of-this-world symptoms.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
The first line of action when you feel a migraine coming on is to make sure you are drinking enough water. Drink a big glass of water immediately, in fact. If you don't already, incorporate drinking water right after you wake up in the morning. This way, you are hydrating upon waking and creating a better habit of drinking water throughout the day. Also, make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that contain water throughout the day! Some of my favorites are watermelon and cucumber.
Lavender & Peppermint Oil
Essential oils like lavender and peppermint can help reduce tension from a migraine. Most commonly inhaled or rubbed into the temples, the scent themselves of these oils can provide headache relief. While peppermint is cooling, lavender has a soothing smell that calms the mind. Please note that a carrier oil such as jojoba is important to use along with these oils as some skin sensitivities can occur if applied straight to skin.
Epsom Salt Bath
Soaking in a comforting bath with epsom salts is one of the best stress and pain relievers out there. The hot water is soothing and relaxing, while the epsom salts work to draw toxins out of the body. It 's good to note that typically benefits from the salts occur in the first 20 minutes, so unless desired, you don't need to stay in the bath for an hour to receive the goodness your body needs.
Stretch It Out
Even if you don't feel like it, a little gentle movement in the neck, shoulders, and upper spine can feel miraculous when you're experience tension in your head. Sitting still for too long can cause the body to seize up. Try stretching the head down and to either side to work out the neck as well as simply looking over one shoulder and the other to feel a twist through the upper back. If any of your migraines are causing muscular tension, these gentle stretches are sure to soothe them out.