For many women, it is found that migraines happen for the first time during their Perimenopausal stage, i. e. the time period of a woman’s life shortly before the onset of menopause. Migraine is a severe form of headache, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and heightened sensitivity to smell, sound and light. The headaches last for a few hours to two days. Severe hormonal fluctuations, that a woman’s body undergoes just before menopause, are believed to cause such migraines. Incorporating relaxation techniques like yoga and stretching exercises, into your daily routine seems to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks to a great extent. However, natural herbal remedies are the most effective in alleviating these migraine attacks.
Here Are 7 Natural Remedies For Quick Relief From Perimenopausal Migraines
1. Pineapple Kale Drink
Take about 200 grams of freshly cut pineapple; add a handful of chopped kale leaves, a dash of lemon and a tablespoon of honey. Grind it finely in a mixer, adding a few spoons of water, if necessary. Sip slowly and you could find the headache dissipating slowly. Pineapple contains bromelain, which has strong anti inflammatory and pain relieving properties. Kale is a powerhouse of magnesium and omega 3 fatty oils, which are essential for migraine sufferers. The combination of the two is a potent drink for relief from migraine headaches.
Peppermint oil is effectively used for migraine relief because of its innate ability to expand blood vessels. Mix 1 teaspoon of peppermint essential oil to half a cup of water, mix thoroughly and keep in an airtight container. Take a cotton ball and dip it in the mixture. Apply all over fore head, up to the hairline. Another method i to add 2 drops of peppermint oil to a teaspoon of coconut oil and apply it to forehead, back of neck and shoulders for headache relief.
3. German Chamomile
German Chamomile, commonly known as chamomile is a daisy-like flower and can be used orally and topically for migraine headaches. It soothes and relaxes the nerves and has anti inflammatory properties, which brings down the severity of migraine headaches. To prepare chamomile tea, add two table spoons of dried chamomile to five glasses of boiling water. Switch off the flame and leave it covered for half an hour. Strain, add some maple syrup or honey, and have one once each, every hour throughout the day, till the headache disappears.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Inhaling steam infused with apple cider vinegar provides tremendous relief to migraine. To four cups of water, add half a cup of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon salt. Boil till water starts steaming. Switch off the flame and drape a towel over your head, with the steaming pot below the towel. Take deep inhalations and also team the whole forehead and temple areas. Continue for 5 minutes or as long as you can tolerate. Repeat it several times during the day.
5. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is a wonder spice, which has the unique property of equalizing blood pressure, thereby relieving tension build up in the head region. At the onset of migraine, add half a teaspoon cayenne pepper to one cup of warm water. Sip it slowly till you finish the whole cup. Many people vouch that headache comes down with the first sip itself. For those suffering with stomach ulcer, instead of drinking this mixture, dip 2 small cotton balls in the mixture and place it at the tip of your nostrils and inhale slowly and deeply. You might have a burning sensation, but you will find that the pain reliving action starts within a few minutes of application.
6. Lavender-Basil Oil
Both lavender and basil have anti inflammatory properties. Lavender is also an effective nerve and muscle relaxant. For migraine relief, mix one teaspoon of lavender essential oil, two teaspoons of basil oil and one teaspoon of eucalyptus oil to one tablespoon of grape seed oil. As soon as the head ache starts, dip a cotton bud in the oil and apply all over fore head and temples. Massage lightly using finger tips. Continue for about five minutes. Repeat four or five times a day, till the headache totally disappears.
7. Ginger Root Tea
Ginger has anti inflammatory properties, which helps in relieving migraine headache. For preparing ginger tea, clean and cut a one inch piece of ginger. Pound it in a mortar. Add this to 3 cups of water and boil it covered in low flame for half an hour. Strain it; add honey for sweetening and drink. This tea is most effective, if you drink it at the onset of headache.