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Natural Remedies for Migraines

Migraines are a severe problem if you suffer from them. Unless you do, you can’t possibly imagine how intense the pain can be and how unpleasant some of the side effects can get with migraines. If you have some natural remedies that are easily accessible, you can often times prevent or clear them, so here are some remedies you can use to treat yourself.

A shower can help you. First of all, have a two minute very hot shower to boost your blood circulation. Then, have a two minute cold shower which helps send your blood back into your body’s core, where it is needed. Studies show that if you alternate hot and cold water for 20 minutes, you will usually notice an improvement.

Another water trick is to place your feet into a bucket of icy cold water, and then place a hot piece of material on the back of your neck. This will help move the blood from your head to the feet.

Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. When you feel thirsty, you need to drink water, not coffee, tea, soft drinks, juices or alcohol. You should drink about half of your body weight, measured in ounces, to remain hydrated. As an example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you need to drink about 80 ounces of water per day.

If you are deficient in nutrients, you can also juice vegetables and fruit; your drink will quickly give you that much needed boost. But don’t replace water with juice. The juice should only be an additional drink.

Aromatherapy is a great way to ease migraines, and there are different methods that you can try. Burn essential oils or spray some into your pillow to help you sleep. Washing your body with aromatherapy soaps and shampoos can help as well. Lavender and peppermint are the most popular aromas, but you can also use eucalyptus, basil, sandalwood, rosemary, or even your own favorites.

Exercise can reduce migraines as well. It burns energy, reduces your stress levels, tires you out and helps you breath clean air. Exercise makes your body release endorphins that can act as a mild sedative, helping ease stress and muscle tension, which are two of the most frequent causes of migraines.

Make sure to get enough good quality sleep; this will recharge your batteries and relax you mentally. The stress of the day will dissipate and you will feel refreshed when you wake up.

If you get migraines, these natural remedies may help you feel better or even avoid getting migraines at all. But you won’t know what will help you until you try them, of course.

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