Migraine Home Remedies

By Dr. Pallavi Sharma

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Migraine is a common disorder that affects around 12 million people in the United States alone, with many more suffering from migraine attacks.

If you have a family member who suffers from migraines, it’s important to learn about the different stages of a migraine attack. Migraine is a condition that can be painful and debilitating, but it’s not always clear what the best treatment options are.

In this article, I’ll cover all of the stages of migraines, from their onset to their headaches, and offer some home remedies on how to manage them.

Migraine Dietary Modification

Migraine can be triggered by a variety of foods, each of which is unique. The common food triggers are as follows:

  • Cured or processed meats
  • Alcohol
  • Yeast
  • Aged cheeses
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Chocolate
  • Some fruits and nuts
  • Fermented or pickled foods
  • Avoiding triggers is the best method of preventing migraines.

So for that, maintaining a headache diary including headache triggers might be helpful.


  • Drink more water! Depending on how thirsty you are, aim for a minimum of 8 ounces per hour (about 1 cup) of fluid intake.
  • Dehydration can result due to excessive vomiting in migraines. The problem is that dehydration can also cause headaches. So it is important to keep hydrated.
  • If you’re not feeling thirsty at all or if your headache has already started, try drinking half that amount per hour instead.
  • It may take time before you start feeling thirsty again, so don’t worry if this doesn’t work right away; it’s just part of the process of healing!

Submit Good Night’s Sleep!

You can sleep while you have a migraine.

It’s not easy, but it’s possible.

Here are some tips for getting the best sleep possible during your migraine:

  • Make sure you’re in a dark, quiet room. If you’re sleeping with someone else, make sure they don’t have any bright lights or noisemakers going on.
  • Try to keep a cool enviornment. This will help regulate your body temperature and make it easier for your body to fall asleep.
  • Keep your bedroom as dark as possible: try turning off all lights except for the ones that are needed for safety (like an alarm clock).
  • Turn off all electronics at least two hours before bedtime so they won’t distract you from trying to fall asleep.

Stress Management

Stress is a big trigger for migraines, but there are ways to help manage it.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Take care of yourself: Eat well, sleep well, exercise regularly, and make time for yourself every day.
  • Exercise your stress response system: If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, try going out for a walk or doing some yoga.
  • More focus on mindfulness and breathing exercises.
  • Talk with your doctor about medication options that might help manage your symptoms.

Cold Compression

  • Cold compression has been found to be an effective treatment option for migraines. Many people find that this helps to reduce pain and other symptoms associated with migraines.
  • A cold compress can be made by filling a clean cloth with ice and water and applying it to the forehead or back of the neck for fifteen minutes.
  •  Repeat as necessary. Some people find that a cold compress can help to provide relief from migraine pain.

Essential Oil

At the current moment, there is no cure for migraines. However, there are treatments that can lessen the severity and duration of a migraine.

For example, people have found relief through the use of essential oils. Essential oils are concentrated versions of different plant extracts.

Aromatherapy is a popular complementary and alternative therapy used to relieve stress and anxiety. Research suggests that aromatherapy with essential oils may help reduce migraine headaches.

A number of studies have been conducted in order to investigate the potential of essential oils (Peppermint/Lavender oil) for migraine treatment, and the results are promising.

Peppermint Oil

Inhaling peppermint oil has triggered migraines in some, but the majority have reported having less severe headaches.

Lavender Oil

The study on lavender oil on migraine sufferers has concluded that lavender oil aromatization can reduce migraine severity.


This is a plant that has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. There are many hypotheses as to why this plant may help with

Feverfew has been shown to be effective in the treatment of migraine headaches as it is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. It has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of headaches as well as improve mood.


This is a herb that has been traditionally used to treat migraines and other headaches.

It has been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions, including headaches, stomach problems, and fever. Some studies have shown that butterbur can be effective in reducing the frequency and severity of migraines.

Butterbur is thought to work by decreasing the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals. It is important to note that butterbur should not be taken by pregnant women or by people with liver disease.

Some people find that butterbur can help relieve their migraine symptoms. A number of studies have shown that butterbur can be effective in reducing the frequency and severity of migraines.


Ginger has been shown to be effective in the treatment of migraines. Ginger is a spice that is often used in traditional medicine and has been shown to be effective in reducing the frequency and severity of migraines.

Ginger works by inhibiting the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals and has been shown to help with pain relief and improve the quality of sleep.

Some people use ginger as a migraine preventative, taking it before they get one.

Ginger works by reducing the release of serotonin, which can help to improve pain relief and improve the quality of sleep.

Acupuncture and Acupressure

Acupuncture and acupressure, which are forms of traditional Chinese medicine, are thought to work by stimulating the nerves in the head and neck. This can help to reduce the pain and inflammation that are caused by migraines.

Acupuncture is believed to work by stimulating the release of endorphins, which are chemicals that are responsible for reducing pain.

Additionally, massage can help to improve the circulation of blood, which can help to reduce the severity of the migraine.

Magnesium Supplements

Magnesium supplements have been shown to be effective in the treatment of migraines.

A magnesium supplement can help to relieve symptoms such as throbbing, a pounding sensation, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and an increased frequency of attacks.

Some magnesium supplements can be found at convenience stores and some pharmacies. Some people take magnesium supplements before a migraine attack to prevent the attack from occurring.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of migraines. A recent study showed that taking omega-3 supplements can reduce the frequency of migraines by 50%.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish, such as salmon and tuna, and in flaxseed and canola oils. It is not clear how omega-3 fatty acids might help prevent migraines, but they may work by reducing inflammation.

Deficiency of Vitamin B12

One study found that people who had migraines had lower levels of vitamin B12. It has been found that people who took a vitamin B12 supplement had fewer migraines than those who did not. Vitamin B12 is found in meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.


If you’re prone to migraines, yoga could seriously help you get through one of those debilitating attacks.

There are some yoga poses that are specifically designed to help reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure, which can further prevent migraines from happening altogether.

Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback is a non-invasive form of treatment that uses electronic sensors and feedback to help you manage your migraines.

It’s a great option for people who have tried other forms of treatment with little success or for those who are just starting out on the path to recovery.


TeleHealthDoc articles are all written and reviewed by MDs, PhDs, NPs, or PharmDs and are for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute and should not be relied on for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

Dr. Pallavi Sharma

Dr. Pallavi Sharma is one of Melbourne’s best, well respected cosmetic doctors and aims to provide longstanding anti-aging benefits for her clients. With over 11 years experience in Performing cosmetic procedures, Dr. Sharma has lectured medical professionals regarding cosmetic treatments and is heavily involved in providing up to date cosmetic treatments to her clients and friends.
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