How to Relieve Migraines at Home Naturally
Along with your doctor’s advice for treating migraines, natural remedies that are drug-free may help reduce symptoms. Doctor Hoy’s® topicals use natural ingredients that can aid in providing safe, effective, and fast migraine relief at home. Keep reading for more information on how you can reduce migraine symptoms and alleviate headache pain naturally.
Using Doctor Hoy’s Topicals for Migraine Headaches
Overtime, some prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers for migraine can lose their effectiveness. Many of them come with a long list of potentially harmful side effects. For those looking for natural migraine relief, Doctor Hoy’s is a topical analgesic with clean, safe, and effective ingredients that might help relieve migraine pain.
Doctor Hoy’s Natural Pain Relief Gel uses menthol and camphor to produce a soothing cool-to-warm sensation that can help relieve headache pain naturally. Apply it to large areas or use our convenient roll-on gel for your neck or temples. Meanwhile, our Arnica Boost Recovery Cream may help ease muscle soreness, stiffness, and nerve pain that can contribute to migraine attacks.
For the best topical migraine relief with no unwanted side effects, consider using Doctor Hoy’s natural analgesics. Doctor Hoy’s topicals are FSA/HSA eligible, making it easier to afford relief, and they are safe for children over the age of two. For more information on using a natural topical for headache relief, read our article on How to Use Doctor Hoy’s for Migraines.
10 Natural Ways to Relieve Migraines at Home
Some methods for migraine relief depend on why you get them or your triggers. For example, some women who are expecting might have migraines due to hormone changes, causing them to seek out natural migraine pain relief during pregnancy. Triggers or causes may also be environmental, diet related, or genetic.
Frequent migraines are a sign of chronic pain and may require prescription medicine to treat. Always talk to your doctor about any migraine treatment including natural remedies. At-home migraine relief revolves around prevention, lifestyle habits, knowing your triggers, and managing symptoms.
These natural remedies will not cure your migraines, but they can help you achieve a better quality of life and may even reduce the frequency of attacks:
Get Enough Sleep
Poor sleep quality, not sleeping enough, or sleeping too much could all lead to increased migraines. Improve your sleep naturally and reduce your migraine risk with tactics like sticking to a bedtime, avoiding screens before bed, and not drinking caffeine late in the day. Napping has also been shown to help mitigate migraine pain.
About a third of migraineurs report dehydration as a common migraine trigger. It’s important to drink enough water throughout the day especially during exercise, when fallen ill, or on hotter days. If you have trouble staying on top of your fluid intake, consider adding some flavor by drinking lemon water.
Stress is a top trigger for over 80 percent of people suffering from migraines according to the American Headache Society. Chronic stress can poorly affect our health, relating to conditions like depression, anxiety, and hypertension.
Some techniques you can use to reduce stress in daily life include:
- Deep breathing exercises
- Managing your time better
- Having a healthy work-life balance
- Listening to music
- Engaging in creative activities
- Talking it out with friends, family, or a therapist
Migraines may be linked to certain vitamin deficiencies. You can get these nutrients in the food you eat or by taking supplements. Certain supplements can help reduce the frequency of migraine attacks including:
- Magnesium, which may prevent migraine with aura and menstrual migraine.
- Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, which has been shown to reduce the number of attacks each month.
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an antioxidant that may reduce frequency and severity of migraines.
- Vitamin D, an essential vitamin needed to produce serotonin that can help prevent migraines.
- Feverfew, a natural herb with limited evidence in treating migraine.
- Butterbur, a previously recommended supplement though it can cause liver toxicity.
Before taking any supplements or herbal remedies, talk to your healthcare provider.
Stop Nausea with Ginger
Some find consuming ginger helps relieve nausea associated with migraine attacks. Nausea can be a side effect of some pain relievers and part of the prodrome phase. Ginger can also be used as a natural anti-inflammatory as a superfood spice or ingested as fresh ginger, tea, candy, or capsules.
Use Essential Oils
Included in Doctor Hoy’s natural, effective ingredients are essential oils that help fight inflammation and condition the skin for soothing relief. Natural menthol, also found in peppermint oil, could help prevent or lessen migraine pain when applied at the onsite of an attack.
Some migraineurs use lavender oil on their temples to ease pain and relieve stress. Those with heightened smell sensitivity, however, want to avoid strong essential oils as this could be a trigger. Arnica Boost cream has no scent and may be used as a topical cream for migraine symptoms.
While you should not exercise during a migraine episode, regular physical activity may reduce symptoms and frequency of attacks. Exercising releases endorphins that help fight pain and ease stress.
Opt for low impact exercises that won’t trigger a migraine like riding a bike, walking, or practicing yoga for pain relief. Meditation and stretches that improve posture, release tension, and promote mental wellbeing can improve your vascular health and decrease anxiety.
Try Pressure Points
Vascular imbalances and built-up muscle tension can cause pain above the neck leading to headaches or migraines. Stimulating certain pressure points on the head, neck, shoulders, and hand produces endorphins which are natural pain killers. Consider visiting a reflexologist or try these pressure points for migraine relief at home:
- Temples: Several pressure points for migraines and headaches exist where the hairline curves around the tip of the ear. Each point is about a finger’s width away from the ear itself.
- Neck: At the back of your head, halfway between your ears and where your neck and head meet is a pressure point that, when compressed, can relieve eye pain, reduce migraines, and unblock nasal congestion.
- Shoulders: Halfway between the base of your neck and where your shoulders begin is a pressure point that can help minimize neck stiffness and relieve neck pain.
- Hand: For relief from frontal headaches, apply pressure inside the webbing between your index finger and your thumb.
Many migraine medications have caffeine in them to help with absorption, but taking small doses of caffeine such as drinking a cup of coffee or tea can also ease your pain. Avoid taking too much caffeine too often, as this may lead to problems with withdrawal.
Use Cold/Hot Therapy
Ice and heat are common methods used to mitigate pain and reduce inflammation. An ice pack may help reduce blood flow to the affected area and numb the pain when applied to the forehead, temples, or neck. Warm compresses or heating pads can also help if you prefer using heat to relieve your pain.
Doctor Hoy’s Pain Relief Gel uses cooling menthol and warming camphor to create deep pain relief that’s natural and effective. Our unique time-release menthol acts quickly and dissolves over time for relief that lasts longer. Rather than refreezing ice packs or facing the risks of using a heating pad, Doctor Hoy’s is a safe way you may be able to find soothing relief from migraine pain.
Doctor Hoy’s & Natural Relief for Migraines
Along with doctor’s advice, natural treatment methods may help relieve symptoms and reduce the number of migraines you have. Try Doctor Hoy’s natural topicals for soothing migraine symptom relief that’s long-lasting, safe, and effective.
Doctor Hoy’s does not diagnose or prescribe treatment for medical conditions. Our natural pain relief gel and cream can help mitigate symptoms of those with chronic pain like migraines. Always contact your physician or healthcare provider for medical advice.