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Migraines can be truly debilitating, so try these home remedies to get some migraine relief.

Migraine Relief at Home: Natural Migraine Remedies

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Migraines can be truly debilitating, so try these natural remedies for migraine relief!

Migraines are the worst form of headaches, because they can cause upset stomach and a ringing in the ears. Everyone can experience a migraine at one point in their life. Women are more prone to have migraines and it usually comes strictly down to genetics.

Some historians believe that Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) probably had migraines for most of his life. His writings speak of headaches that lasted as long as two weeks, such as after the death of his wife, Martha Skelton, in 1782, and when a British warship fired on the American ship Chesapeake.

You don’t have to bow to the king of headaches.

Home Remedies for Migraines

Here are some at home remedies for curing a migraine:

Note: Please consult your health care provider about these remedies and follow their professional advice.

  • Try eating dried feverfew leaves. Eating a dried leaf of feverfew (or using feverfew extract) has been a home remedy for headaches since the 1970s, according to herbalists. Feverfew can be purchased at health food stores, and it also comes in freeze-dried capsules.
  • Turn off the lights. Find a dark and quiet room to lay down. Place a cool, damp cloth on your forehead and close your eyes. Most migraine suffers are sensitive to light, so keeping the lights off should ease the pain.
  • Pressure points will help. Try pressing your fingers against your temples. The pressure should decrease the flow of blood through the arteries and can bring some relief.
  • Try to avoid wine and chocolate. Too much red wine, coffee, and chocolate can cause a migraine. Also, some birth control pills and irregular sleeping habits can cause migraines. Although coffee can start a migraine, caffeine withdrawals could also be the cause of one.

Find out more about what causes headaches. Also, if you think irregular sleep is causing your migraines, find out how to sleep better.

Do you have any tips for migraine remedies? Let us know below!

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Margaret Boyles

Margaret Boyles is a longtime contributor to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. She wrote for UNH Cooperative Extension, managed NH Outside, and contributes to various media covering environmental and human health issues. Read More from Margaret Boyles

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