Top 8 Migraine Home Remedies

How can a Migraine be Managed?

1. Ice Pack

This has a numbing effect on the affected areas of the head which helps to alleviate pain. You can do this by wrapping a few ice cubes in a clean towel and placing it on affected area of the head, for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat as needed. 

ice in towel for migraine

2. Peppermint

The anti-inflammatory property of peppermint helps soothe the nerves. Simply drink peppermint tea sweetened with honey. Repeat as needed. You can also massage each of your temples with one drop of peppermint essential oil or a combination of peppermint and lavender oils. Leave it for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Repeat as needed. Peppermint oil is another essential oil that can help to combat migraines. If you are vulnerable to migraine symptoms then it is best to have a bottle of peppermint oil. You can use a diffuser to inhale it or apply it to your wrists and temple. If migraine symptoms are present it will usually take around 15 minutes to have a positive impact.

peppermint oil for migraine

3. Lavender Oil

The benefits of this include it helps to relieve feelings of restlessness and disturbed sleep to common migraine symptoms. It also regulates serotonin levels, which helps minimize pain in the nervous system that can trigger migraine attacks. Diffusing five drops of lavender oil at home is an effective remedy. You can also apply lavender oil topically to the back of your neck, temples and wrist to relieve stress or migraine. To relax your body and mind, it is best to add up to 5 to 10 drops of lavender oil to a warm bath and take deep breaths so that the sedative properties begin to take effect and reduce migraine symptoms.

lavender oil for migraine

4. Ginger

This blocks prostaglandins, which are chemicals that promote muscle contractions, impact hormones and regulate inflammation in blood vessels of the brain. Drink ginger tea a few times throughout the day until migraine symptoms improve. Make sure to drink it at the onset of your migraine. Simply chewing a raw piece of ginger (fresh ginger) will also help to relieve symptoms such as nausea. Eating fresh ginger affects the way your body handles inflammation and pain. When we ingest ginger, it sparks the production of lipids within our cells functioning to calm the nerves that react when we feel pain. Ginger helps to prevent your body from recognising and responding when migraines occur and can soothe feelings of nausea. Chew on a piece of ginger or have some ginger tea to reduce migraine symptoms.

ginger for migraine

5. Cayenne Peppers

These are a great home remedy for migraines because they stimulate circulation and help to improve blood flow. Mix one tablespoon of cayenne pepper in a cup of warm water, optionally add some lemon juice and honey to improve the taste as well as health benefits. Repeat as needed.

cayenne peppers for migraine

6. Massage

A regular massage can be a good way to relieve all that is built up in your head. Learn how to give yourself a calming and pain relieving message, helping prevent migraines from getting worse. As you stretch and massage both the neck and the base of the scalp, you will stimulate blood flow and relaxation, sending the pain away from your head.

massage for migraine

7. Eating Almonds

If you suffer from migraines on a regular basis, then it is best to consider eating more almonds. Almonds work well as a pain reliever and are better for your health. Almonds contain an ingredient called salicin which is a pain blocking agent. Research suggests that magnesium found in Almonds may protect your body from a headache by relaxing blood vessels.

almonds for migraine

8. Basil Oil

This can help to reduce muscle pain and tension. Basil is a strongly scented appealing herb. The oil from basil plants can be used as a form of herb to relax the muscles especially if experiencing a migraine. The smell can be comforting when experiencing a migraine. Burning it in an oil burner or using a reed diffuser can help reduce the pain of your migraine by inhaling it.

If the symptoms are more severe and these home remedies are not fully effective then it is best to try private presciption or over the counter products.