4 ways to fight a migraine

The migraine It is a type of headache that is characterized mainly because not only causes discomfort and pain in the head, but in most cases can appear in turn with other related symptoms that ultimately make it an easily diagnosable disorder: nausea, presence of a very annoying throbbing pain located on one side of the head, sensitivity to light and related discomfort (photophobia), noise nuisance and vomiting. But before it may appear what is known as "aura", which are a certain group of symptoms that tend to warn that then there will be a strong headache; in this sense, the presence of changes in vision stands out.

Migraine tends to begin before age 40, although it may appear years later. It is considered as a chronic disease and of cause not so well known from a medical point of view, although it is true that there are some elements or factors that may influence its appearance. However, if it is believed there is a medical cause that causes it: dilation of the blood vessels of the head, which stimulate the nerve endings that then cause pain.

What are the causes that cause migraine?

Although the exact chain of causes that can cause the occurrence of migraine is still unclear, most experts believe that the migraine attack begins in the brain, involving both nerve and chemical pathways.

Among those causes that can cause the appearance of a migraine we can mention: nervous tension, stress and anxiety, alcohol consumption, caffeine abstinence, changes in sleep patterns, physical exercise, skipping meals, smells and strong perfumes, smoking or exposure to cigarette smoke, changes in hormonal levels in women, use of contraceptive pills, very bright lights or loud noises.

There are also certain foods that can trigger the presence of migraine: chocolate, dairy products and derivatives, foods with monosodium glutamate, certain fruits (citrus, avocado and bananas), meats with nitrates, nuts (peanuts and nuts), foods with tyramine (red wine, legumes, cured cheeses and smoked fish) and processed foods.

How to fight migraine?

1. Relaxing lavender massage

It is a simple and useful way to fight migraines. It consists of putting on your fingers a few drops of essential oil lavender, and gently massage your temples for a few minutes, trying to relax and reduce the nervous tension, stress and anxiety you may feel due to the appearance of the headache.

2. Ginger drink

The ginger It is a food that provides a useful anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefit to relieve headaches. To enjoy these qualities you must mix a teaspoon of ground ginger in a glass of water, and drink from the first moment you think you are going to suffer a headache.

3. Cold water compresses

Cold compresses help soothe headaches, especially migraine headaches. To make this remedy, you only need five drops of lavender essential oil and five drops of chamomile or marjoram essential oil. Put essential oils in a bowl with cold water, and soak two wipes or cloths in the water with the oil. Lie down and put the washcloth or cloth soaked on the forehead, and another on the nape of the neck, leaving it on for half an hour.

While lavender helps relieve both physical and mental stress and is useful in cases of anxiety, chamomile or marjoram provides relaxing virtues.

4. Infusion of rosemary and ginger

You can make an infusion with dried rosemary and freshly ground ginger, ideal for relieving headache by increasing circulation. To prepare it you need to put in a saucepan the equivalent of a cup of water and bring it to a boil. When the water starts to boil add 2 teaspoons of dried rosemary and 1 teaspoon of freshly ground ginger. Let boil 3 minutes. After this time turn off the heat, cover and let rest another 3 minutes. Straighten and drink.

You can drink up to 3 cups per day of this infusion, until the headache subsides and disappears.

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Massage Techniques for Migraine Headaches (March 2023)