Natural Remedies For Migraine Headaches
by Hazel Ketko
A tendency toward migraines often runs in families, and allergic factors seem to be
involved.

Symptoms of Migraine Headaches

A typical episode of a migraine attack produces some or all of these symptoms:



Migraine Triggers

A number of factors can trigger migraine headaches.  For example:



Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches

There is a host of allopathic medicines for treating migraines, such as Nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Triptans, and Ergots.  While these medicines may
be effective in treating migraines, they can also cause quite a few unwanted side-
effects, such as dizziness, nausea, and muscle weakness.

If you want a more holistic and natural approach to control your migraines, below
are suggestions of various natural remedies for migraine headaches, using herbs,
nutritional supplements, and aromatherapy.

Nutritional Supplements

Nutritional supplements that seem to be effective in preventing and treating
migraines include vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) and vitamin B6, magnesium, and essential
fatty acids.

Herbs

Beneficial herbs for migraines include ginkgo, ginger, evening primrose oil, and
feverfew.  Note, however, that pregnant women should not take feverfew because
of a remote possibility that it might trigger miscarriage. Women who are nursing
should not use it either because of the possibility of passing the herb to infants in
breast milk.

Aromatherapy

Essential oils that are effective in relieving migraine headaches include peppermint,
lavender, rosemary, and Roman chamomile.

You can either dilute one to two drops of any of the above oils in a carrier oil and use
it to massage your temples, or add two drops each of two of the above oils to a
cold compress.

Diet

Certain foods can trigger migraine headaches.  Therefore avoid such foods.  In
particular, avoid foods that contain:

Tyramine:  Tyramine is an amino acid that can be found in cheese, chocolate, coffee,
cold cuts, smoked fish, alcohol and wine, vinegar, sour cream, sausages, fresh baked
goods made with yeast, lima beans, Italian beans, lentils, snow peas, navy beans,
pinto beans, peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds.

Nitrates: Nitrates can be found in cured and processed meats, such as hot dogs,
bacon, and salami.

MSG: Many processed foods and Asian foods contain MSG.  Because of all the bad
press of MSG as a main cause of migraine headaches, many food companies no
longer list it on their product labels.  Common additives that are hidden sources of
MSG include "Hydrolyzed protein", "Autolyzed yeast", "Calcium caseinate", and
"Sodium caseinate".

Other foods to avoid: If you are prone to migraines, also avoid caffeine, alcohol and
sugary foods.

Instead, try to base your diet on simple natural foods, and try to include sources of
magnesium and essential fatty acids in your diet.  Sources of magnesium include
green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts, bananas, and wheat germ. Sources of EFAs
include fish such as salmon and mackerel.


About The Author

Hazel Ketko

For more detailed information on natural remedies for migraine headaches, visit
. Learn more about how to use herbs and
other natural remedies for your health:
Migraine headaches are believed to
be caused by disturbances in blood
flow to the head, and by imbalances
in brain chemicals, including serotonin.
 During a headache,  serotonin levels
drop causing neuropeptides to be
released.  (Neuropeptides are small
protein-like molecules released and
used by neurons to communicate
with each other.)   The released
neuropeptides travel to the brain's
outer covering (meninges) where
they cause blood vessels to become
dilated and inflamed. The result is
headache pain.
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