So, I started looking for alternative treatments and over the years I’ve developed a sizeable list of alternatives I’ve found to be helpful in alleviating or lessening migraine pain and decided to share it with you here.
Skull tourniquet: For this I usually use a bandanna, tied very tight around my head. I position it to sit just above my brows in the front and very low, just above my c-spine, at the back.
I’m blessed in that my sister is a reflexology therapist, and I have easy access to her. When migraines start getting intense, a 15 to 20 minute session with her often either stops the pain, or the pain begins diminishing and will stop not long after. I’m usually sleepy after this sort of therapy session and I rest. When I wake up again, the migraine is often completely gone.
For these treatments, my sister (Alicia of On Story Street) often incorporates a few types of essential oils and essential oil blends. She only uses Young Living brand on herself, her family and her clients. For migraine she sometimes applies Ortho Ease, Lavender, Peppermint, Wintergreen and/or Stress Away.
Using essential oil(s) in a diffuser is another big help in diminishing migraine pain. For me, the most effective ones have been eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint and wintergreen.
For many years I’ve used what I call a “migraine cocktail” that consists of over the counter drugs, maximized into prescription strength doses. The reason is, I could either maintain an ongoing prescription for the only meds that have been the most consistently effective, or just buy them as needed from any shop that carries them.
The most frequent cocktail is a blend of two prescription strength doses of ibuprofen with two benedryl tabs. I don’t recommend this for other people, I’m only listing it here for basic information because for several years I had a prescription for doses of 800 mgs of ibuprofen, prescribed specifically for migraine relief. Alone, it didn’t usually work and so I was also prescribed a muscle relaxer to go with it. However, over time, after moving from one area to another, and having to explain the whole shebang to new physicians, I ended up moving to purchasing over the counter meds and dropping the prescriptions. Instead of a muscle relaxer I usually use benadryl, or other type of allergy med, with the ibuprofen. I prefer benadryl because I’ve never had an adverse reaction to it.
Highly scented muscle rubs have also been effective in providing migraine relief. I use them on the back of my neck, my forehead, shoulders and sometimes midway down my spine. The most effective ones thus far are Ben Gay, Icy Hot and Vick’s Salve, or a comparable generic version.
The stronger the scent the more effective they've been due to the aromatic therapy aspect.
Ice or cold packs on the forehead, laid across the eyes, directly on the head (over the pain areas) or on the back of the neck are often successful at dulling migraine pain or stopping it completely.
Heat has seldom provided me with migraine relief but others I’ve talked with say it helps them a lot. The most popular heat remedies include using heating pads or rice-wraps. An example of a rice-wrap is a type my sister makes using a blend of uncooked rice with a variety of dried herbs which might include Lavender, Mint, Rosemary, Thyme, Dill and/or Sage.
For migraine associated nausea I eat crystallized ginger or drink chilled Ginger Ale. My preferred brand is Canada Dry, seconded by Schwepps. You can also use homemade gingerale. Here’s a vid by Julia Fowler on an example of a simple recipe.
Another therapy to keep down the nausea is lightly sniffing isopropyl alcohol or placing an ice pack/chilled cloth against the abdomen and/or throat. If you use an ice pack that isn’t insulated it’s best to place at least a thin cloth between it and the skin.
Those are the best of the migraine remedies I’ve used. If you’ve got others, I hope you’ll consider sharing them in the comments section or sending them via the flashPress contact page. Hopefully, you’ll find what I’ve listed helpful for using yourself or for sharing with someone you know who struggles with migraine pain.
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