Home Remedies for Migraine

Home Remedies for Migraine

Do you feel like your head might explode? Do you frequently get this throbbing pain on one side of your head which is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound? This is commonly known as migraine. "Migraine is a neurobiological disorder involving both neurological and vascular changes in the brain during an attack," says Susan Broner, MD, Medical Director of Manhattan Headache Center in New York City.

So why does it occur? Well, no one knows exactly why it happens, but it usually begins with the excitement of nerve cells. You might think it's a normal headache, but it is a migraine if it occurs regularly. You tend to experience some symptoms before the migraine: mood change, tiredness, yawning or feeling off-balance, this can last up to 8 to 10 hours. During the migraine, the noticed symptoms are throbbing pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. This may last up to 4 to 72 hours. Usually, migraine is triggered by an unbalanced diet, sleep disturbance, environmental factors and much more.

When it comes to curing a migraine attack, many medications are out there, but a natural migraine treatment or home remedy is the best. Here are some ayurvedic home remedies for migraine that can help you

Home Remedies of Migraine                                                                                      

1. Cumin Coriander Fennel tea recipe- Take Cumin Coriander Fennel tea and 1 tsp ghee in the morning on an empty stomach to balance the pitta. It is one of the best ayurvedic medicine for migraine.

      How to take it:

  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • Boil it with 3 glasses of water and serve it in one glass


2. Ice Pack: This is one of the most popular home remedies to get rid of tension and migraine.

       How to take it:

  • Wrap a few ice cubes in a clean towel and apply them to your forehead for about 10 to 15 min.
  • You could also try alternating hot and cold compress for about 15 mins. For best results, use lavender/peppermint oil in the water as you compress it to your forehead.


3. Peppermint Tea: This is the best treatment that sooths the nerves. The pulse has a calming effect.

       How to take it:

  • Drink peppermint tea. Instead of putting sugar, try honey.
  • You could also massage your forehead with a drop of peppermint; leave it on for about 20 to 30 min. Do this a few times a day.

4. Chamomile: This has properties that are anti-inflammatory and soothing properties which helps relieve migraine. A natural approach by Ayurveda for migraine.

       How to take it:

  • Steep 3 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers in a cup of hot water, keep it soaked for a few minutes.
  • You can also add some lemon juice and honey. Strain the tea and drink. Have it at least four times a day.


5. Ginger: This proves its effectiveness in the treatment of common migraine.

       How to take it:

  • Drink ginger tea a few times throughout the day till you get some relief from the headache.
  • Chewing a piece of raw ginger will also help provide relief from the symptoms like nausea and digestive distress.


6. Massage: Massaging your head helps ease the pain. This helps as it blocks the pain signals that the brain receives.

       How to do it:

  • Massage your head with your first two fingers in a circular motion. Know where your pressure points are located which are the base of the skull, middle of the forehead, and the eyes' corners. Pressing these points will help relieve the pain.
  • Heat two tablespoons of sesame oil, mix in one and a half teaspoon cinnamon and cardamom powder. Apply this mixture to your forehead, massage it & leave it on for a few hours, then wash it off.


7Coffee: A strong cup of coffee can help you ease the headache symptoms. As it contains caffeine that restricts blood vessels and blocks certain receptors that could be causing the migraine.

       How to take it:

  • Add a few drops of fresh-squeezed lemon juice to your coffee.

Warning: Caffeine may trigger migraine in some people.


9. Apples: As soon as you find out that you have the symptoms of migraine, eat apples regularly, to help reduce the problem. Research suggests that the smell of a green apple can help reduce the severity of the migraine.


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Author of the Blog: Dr. Archana Singh

Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram

Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd

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