“Be kind, for everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”
My earliest memory of a migraine was approximately 2-3 years of age. I remember My head pounding and woefully telling my Mom that my head hurt. Of course like most parents would, She gave me children’s Tylenol, still the pounding persisted. I had pressure that penetrated my skull. This went on for most of the day until I felt violently sick and ending up vomiting in the bathroom. Afterward, my Mom asked how I was feeling and we noticed that not long after getting “sick” that my “headache” went away.
These “headaches” continued to follow me into middle school. My Mom would receive phone calls from the school nurse. The nurse would always offer me Tylenol or Ibuprofen. I would just shake my head from side to side and explain that it wouldn’t even touch my “headache”. My Mom would pick me up and when I was home I would draw the curtains and pull a blanket over my head in hopes that it would just go away. This sometimes lasted days.
By high school I was popping Excedrin migraine like it was candy. I would be picked up and brought to the chiropractor and receive 1 if not 2 adjustments, withing 24 hours. Chiropractic care usually helped along with hydration. Eventually I had taken notice to sounds, lights, and weather. These were all variables that effected my “headaches”. After many years of being in the dark it was during high school that I came to the realization that I was having migraines, not headaches.
Over time I have been able to identify my migraine’s. For so many years I was so used to having them that I didn’t notice when I had one. Signs of a migraine can include, nausea, eye pain related to seeing light, neck and upper back tension, intensified pain from hearing noise; such as talking loud, music, dogs barking etc., and last but not least, aversion to smell.
Let’s talk about triggers, people who have recurring migraines can usually pinpoint their triggers. Here are some of mine:
- Barometric pressure drop- whenever we are about to have a storm and it’s overcast I will feel a migraine coming on, or know one is coming. The glare from light reflecting off the clouds will usually bring one on. (Sunglasses are a great preventative measure.)
- Menstrual cycle- Yes ladies, you heard me right. Your hormones going haywire around that time of the month can bring on a migraine.
- Florescent lights- This one took me years to figure out. Often I would go shopping and would leave with a migraine. Florescent lights seem to flicker a bit more, sometimes causing a strobe effect. Which makes your eyes work harder and puts strain on your eyes.
- Lack of hydration- Sometimes we don’t get enough water during the day, this leads to dehydration and our electrolytes being off balance.
- STRESS- Oh yeah, the big one. Stress can wreak all kinds of havoc on our body. Be sure to stay clear of stress as much as possible for over all health. Some things are out of our control, but breathe through it and keep your health at the top of your priorities.
How can we prevent a migraine? Here are a few natural remedies that I use:
- Hydrate, I cannot emphasize this enough! Your body needs good ole’ hydration, If I wake up and see it’s overcast or I feel dehydrated I am sure to hit up the fridge for an ice cold glass of water. If you are way behind on your 8 servings – 8 oz of water a day and need a quick fix, I always go with my secret weapon- Coconut water. This naturally delicious drink is packed with a slightly sweet taste (no added sugar necessary) and ELECTROLYTES. Keeping your electrolytes on point is sooo important in order to function properly on a daily basis! This blessing from the earth both hydrates and balances our bodies. We buy our coconut water from Costco, you can find brands like Zico, Vita Coco, and Kirkland signature brand, which just so happens to be organic (brownie points)! On a budget? 1 glass of water, squeeze of a lemon wedge or 2 and a pinch of Pink Himalayan sea salt. Cheap & Easy!
- Bath time, Who doesn’t love a nice hot bath to wash the day away? I try to take a 20 minute detox bath about once a week (sometimes 2x if I need it). This includes 1 cup (handful) of Himalayan sea salt (or Epsom salt) + 1/3 cup baking soda + no more than 10 drops of your favorite essential oil, (my favorites are lavender & gentle baby, link below under #4.) fill the tub with the hottest water you can stand. This draws out stress related hormones and balance out your body’s pH level. This recharges my battery and leaves me feeling like I am on cloud 9, life can get crazy, so it’s really important to take care of yourself! Try it tonight, you will thank me later.
- Clean eats & sleep, YESSS this is so vital, when your body is properly nourished and rested you are less susceptible to stress. Eating clean foods such as fruits, veggies, and lean protein are key! Your body will be SO grateful for it daily! Keep in mind that there are so many unnecessary fillers and man made chemicals in our food today. It would shock you! Highly processed food is NOT our friend. Next time you eat something let it be something that doesn’t require a label. If it has a label, read the ingredients. Food for thought: When you have to look up the ingredients on a food label, you shouldn’t put it in your body. If the ingredient list is a mile long.. you shouldn’t put it in your body. Our bodies were never intended to break down Velveeta.. I’m just sayin’. A lot of the additives & fillers found in food today can cause migraines or digestive issues such as aspartame, it’s really important for those of us who are sensitive to stay away. Sleep, our BFF (beneficial friend forever) everyone requires around 7-8 hours a night, if you have kids, we know that’s not realistic. More importantly than the amount of sleep we get is the quality of sleep. You need restful sleep. Don’t let that “To do” list bother you, it will be there tomorrow. I practice going to bed with a clean head and heart utilizing prayer, yoga/exercise, and writing in my journal. Get it out of your system. Don’t carry today’s mishaps or tomorrow’s agenda into your bedroom. Just don’t!
- My most sacred and cherished tool, Essential Oil. I’ve been told that peppermint, lemongrass, and M-grain are real miracle workers! My personal migraine annihilator is Honeysuckle oil. It works for me without failure, and my husband who get’s the occasional migraine. I diffuse this and curl up in bed for a nice nap after hydrating. No more than 15-30 minutes my migraine is usually gone, I always drink a coconut water for good measure. When using essential oils please, please, please purchase them responsibly. Look for 100% Essential Oil, without fillers or synthetic fragrance, as these can be problematic to your health. That’s not our mission here (Ask me about the best Young Living Essential Oils for under $20). If you do not have an essential oil company please reach out to me, I am both an Essential Oil distributor & Educator! –>Click the link for more info on Essential Oils – http://bit.ly/Oilsforallthethings
So, there it is! My experience with migraines has made me want to help others. I hope this helps anyone else who suffers! Please feel free to comment/ask questions and even share your own natural Migraine obliterating remedies!
-Woman helping Women (and men) 🙂