If a migraine occurs, you just want to get rid of it – ASAP. The painful throbbing on one or both sides of the head, photosensitivity, nausea and vomiting are enough to curl up into a ball and wish that the tension would go away.
Sara Crystal, MD, a neurologist, headache specialist and medical advisor to Cove, a healthcare company offering prescription treatments for migraine sufferers, says the most common migraine triggers are stress, sleep cycle changes, hormonal imbalances, and caffeine. overuse. Eating chocolate, aged cheese and foods containing MSG, nitrates and supplements can also cause migraine. People develop migraines for different reasons.
"The causes of migraine are largely genetic and each person has a personal trigger, so there is no single treatment for migraine," she says.
While there is no silver bullet, doctors recommend over-the-counter medicines, prescription drugs, or natural remedies for the treatment of migraine. And one of these natural remedies includes a migraine massage with peppermint essential oil. Dr. Crystal says menthol, the active ingredient in peppermint essential oil, can help relieve headaches. In a study from Frontiers in Neurology from 201
- Dilute a few drops of peppermint essential oil in another oil carrier such as coconut oil.
- Massage the oil in the temples and in the forehead middle finger.
- Continue for a minute.
If the massage is too painful, Dr. Crystal, a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a cloth to give and deep breath or dab some cold oil on a cold compress and apply to the forehead. Dr. Crystal also likes to use rollsticks, such as Migrastil's MigraSoothe Roll-On or Health from The Sun's MigraSoothe Roll-On
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