What is a migraine? A migraine is a headache known and experienced by many people. It is a neurological disease that mainly affects women and usually produces pain on only one side of the head.
A migraine is a strong and throbbing headache that affects the nape, the forehead and even one of the two eyes. But in addition, a migraine can cause the appearance of other symptoms such as vomiting, dizziness and other gastrointestinal discomforts, tingling, and numbness in arms and legs.
What factors can cause or worsen a migraine? Some factors affecting the onset of a migraine can be due to accumulated stress and anxiety, hormonal alterations, alcohol intake, unbalanced diets and the consumption of certain food (cheese, meat, soy, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, food additives, synthetics, gluten, etc.), lack of magnesium. Likewise, little sleep, physical activity can also worsen a migraine, strong odors, dehydration, bright or blinking light and loud and shrill sounds. A migraine can last from several hours up to 2 or 3 days.
Let’s get to know some home remedies for a migraine and improve it naturally using only medicinal plants that have been used in traditional folk medicine.
Home Remedies for a Migraine
Ginger is a very effective natural remedy to eliminate or reduce the effects of a headache such as a migraine. It is also very easy to use. You just have to grate it a little (the equivalent of a teaspoon) and put it in a cup. Add very hot water, cover and let it stand for 10 minutes. When it gets cold, drink it little by little. If you want to sweeten it, you can use this liquid extract of homemade stevia. If you don´t know how to prepare it, you can search for the recipe on the internet. Another way to take ginger is by making a tincture. Let’s watch how to do them!
Matricaria Tanacetum Parthenium is an excellent medicinal plant already used by Greeks to prevent and remove migraines. You just have to prepare an infusion with a teaspoon per cup. Add hot water, cover and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Drink when it is at room temperature. You can also prepare dyes following this example.
Mint Essential Oil for migraines. It is used just like lavender essential oil. You can even use dried or fresh leaves of mint to prepare an infusion as with feverfew.
Sombrerera, also called Petasita or Mantecona (Petasites hybridus), is another excellent medicinal plant widely used in traditional medicine to develop natural remedies to treat migraines. In fact, the Greek doctor and botanist Dioscorides (1st century) used it for cases of migraines, asthma, allergy or gastrointestinal problems. Mainly, the root is used by grinding it and preparing an infusion or also making a tincture of it. Its leaves can also be used in infusion or adding them to salads.
Lavender Essential Oil is a simple natural remedy, which is good for relieving a migraine. Apply a few drops on the nape and on the forehead, near the hairline. Lie in a dark room without noise and soon you will begin to notice an improvement.
Willow Bark for migraines. The willow, Salix spp, has an excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect, being excellent to reduce or eliminate a migraine naturally. Hippocrates himself already used it to combat diseases including migraines. You can prepare and use the extract of a tincture of willow bark and you can also make infusions with the bark.
But there are many more options, be sure to see more home remedies for migraines and other types of headaches.