Migraine ... This infernal illness, which arises in broad daylight, in the early morning, or during a quiet evening, maybe our surprise guest, and we must admit, one of the most unpleasant. How can we avoid it and reduce the intensity of the inconvenience it causes?
Migraine is a chronic headache, which affects women three times more than men. It is recognized by a sensation of pain on one side of the head or near the eye, sometimes accompanied by nausea. It is perceived as pulsations in the cranial case, aggravated by light, noise or odors.
To relieve it without resorting to medication, here are some natural tricks to try!
Magnesium an unlikely element
Magnesium is an effective analgesic to replace chemical drugs.
Migraine can be caused by a low level of magnesium, which is why ensuring adequate intake can relieve you and provide you with a quick appeasement. It works by blocking brain waves called "Propagated Cortical Depression" (DCP), which cause the worst symptoms of migraine such as light sensitivity and nausea. It is therefore advisable to consume foods rich in magnesium such as almonds, nuts, bananas ...
Feel an apple
According to Dr. Alan Hirsch, neurologist at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, the smell of green apples would help reduce the intensity and duration of pain in people with migraine. The fragrance of the fruit appears to reduce muscle contractions, which are the main cause of migraine pain.
Take a relaxing bath
If you suffer from a migraine, do not hesitate to take a relaxing bath. To make this moment of relaxation a detox session, add to your water some baking soda, a few drops of essential oils (peppermint, lavender or sandalwood) and two cups of cider vinegar.
Baking soda purifies the skin of bacteria and reduces irritability! Essential oils soothe your mind and reduce your stress levels and tensions, while cider vinegar removes toxins and helps relieve pain.
Massage with cayenne pepper
Mix a small amount of cayenne pepper with a few drops of water and apply it to the tight muscles of your neck (and very lightly on your temples), to relieve the pain.
According to Phyllis A. Balch, a certified nutrition consultant, capsaicin reduces platelet aggregation factor and desensitizes nerve endings by releasing substance P, a neurotransmitter that sends pain messages to the brain. Once this substance is exhausted, the transmission of pain stops.
Relax with essential oil of peppermint
If you do not enjoy Cayenne pepper, you can use the essential oil of peppermint. A few drops on your temples will diffuse a feeling of freshness in this area, which will increase blood flow and reduce the muscle contraction responsible for pain.
A pinch of ginger is enough to prevent and soothe the most tenacious of migraines.
To get this effective analgesic, you will need to dissolve a tablespoon of ginger powder in boiling water. You can drink this infusion, inhale the steam that emanates from it, or do both.
However, pregnant lactating women as well as those who are weak, diabetic or have blood diseases should avoid consuming ginger.
Incorporate apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is widely used as an analgesic. To prepare it, add a spoonful to a large glass of water, and drink it at a stroke. The pain will dissipate after about 15 minutes. You can also soak a fabric and apply it directly on your head, for a quick soothing.
Cool your head
By researching the causes of brain freezing, scientists have discovered a sudden increase in blood flow during this phenomenon! It is advisable to apply a cold compress on the head to relieve a migraine. Even if the sensation of cold is painful, the headache will soon disappear thanks to the unexpected blood flow to the brain.