Migraines aren’t typical headaches. If you experience them, you know you may experience pounding pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. When a migraine strikes, you’ll do almost anything to make it go away.

Natural remedies are a drug-free way to reduce migraine symptoms. These at-home treatments may help prevent migraines, or at least help reduce their severity and duration.

Note: Severe migraines may require treatment with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medication. Talk to your doctor about a treatment plan that works for you.

  1. Avoid hot dogs

Diet plays a vital role in preventing migraines. Many foods and beverages are known migraine triggers, such as:

  • foods with nitrates including hot
    dogs, deli meats, bacon, and sausage
  • chocolate
  • cheese that contains the
    naturally-occurring compound tyramine, such as blue, feta, cheddar, Parmesan,
    and Swiss
  • alcohol, especially red wine
  • foods that contain monosodium
    glutamate (MSG), a flavor enhancer
  • foods that are very cold such as ice
    cream or iced drinks
  • processed foods
  • pickled foods
  • beans
  • dried fruits
  • cultured dairy products such as
    buttermilk, sour cream, and yogurt

A small amount of caffeine may ease migraine pain in some people. Caffeine is also in some migraine medications. But, too much caffeine may cause a migraine. It may also lead to a severe caffeine withdrawal headache.

To figure out which foods and beverages trigger your migraines, keep a daily food diary. Record everything you eat and note how you feel afterward.

  1. Apply lavender oil

Inhaling lavender essential oil may ease migraine pain. According to 2012 research, people who inhaled lavender oil during a migraine attack for 15 minutes experienced faster relief than those who inhaled a placebo. Lavender oil may be inhaled directly or applied diluted to the temples.

  1. Try acupressure

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Acupressure is the practice of applying pressure with the fingers and hands to specific points on the body to relieve pain and other symptoms. Acupressure is a credible alternative therapy for people in pain from chronic headaches and other conditions. A separate study found acupressure may help relieve migraine-associated nausea.

  1. Look for feverfew

Feverfew is a flowering herb that looks like a daisy. It’s a folk remedy for migraines.

 

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