Home Remedies for Migraines

Headaches are often considered normal in today’s stressful and busy life. Most of the times these headaches are often masked by popping up an OTC pill. Although a headache is a sign, signaling you that your body is not functioning properly. Some nutritional deficiency, or lack of exercise or built up tension could be the possibilities for these headaches.

There are different types of headaches such as tension, cluster, sinuses, migraine & mixed headache syndrome depending upon the deficiency or level of stress. However, it is necessary to visit a physician to know the cause of a continuous headache. When if the reason for a migraine is known it is always better to treat the disorder more effectively.

Today let us see what a migraine is and how simple home remedies can be beneficial and cost-effective rather than those medicines.

A migraine is a pulsating headache which is mostly experiences only on the particular verge of the head. There is an inflammation of arteries due to a liberation of some chemicals which can be triggered due to some allergic reaction, deficiency of some nutrition or lack of a sleep migraine headache could last from few hours to few days and usually repeats in a month. Symptoms of a migraine often include sensitivity to light, sound or smells, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite and sometimes an upset stomach.

Here are some effortless home curative to cure a migraine and relieves its symptoms

Ice Pack to Get Rid of Migraine Headaches

ice pack for migraine headache

An easy and straightforward hack to calm down your brain nerves. Ice is touted as the best remedy for any inflammation hence to soothe your inflamed arteries. Rub some ice pack on your head.

Do not apply the ice packs directly on the head. Take ice cubes and wrap it in a piece of fabric or get a readymade ice pack and use on temple, forehead and neck region. Ice results in numbness of nerves which will help in the faster resolution of symptoms.



Have you ever eaten ginger in its raw form? The best cure for a migraine is ginger because of its pain-relieving powers.  Ginger roots prevent prostaglandin to regulate inflammation of blood vessels in the brain, thus healing the pain. Ginger stops our body to respond to the migraine pain and also soothe nausea precipitate due to a migraine.

Try chewing a piece of raw ginger for an instant result, or you can savor ginger tea few times a day to counteract migraine pain. A study in 2013 published in phytotherapy research revealed the superpowers of ginger for a migraine.

Peppermint Oil

peppermint oil

A refreshing fragrance can open the clogged blood vessels and with its soothing effects can relax inflamed blood vessels. Peppermint contains menthol which regulates blood flow throughout the body. To experience its euphoria sit down in a dark, cold room and breathe the scent through your nostril. You can also include few drops of peppermint oil with almond oil and massage it on forehead region and the neck. When if your headache allows you to work, then try consuming peppermint in the form of herbal tea with honey as a sweetener. A relaxed mind is often a sign of a low headache

Lavender Oil

lavender oil

An essential oil is necessarily required to alleviate the symptoms of migraines. Add  2-3 drops of lavender oil on a tissue paper and inhale slowly. You can also add 2-3 drops of lavender oil to boil water and then inhale it. If the pain is unbearable try massaging your temporal region with lavender oil and almond oil to calm your senses. It is advised not to consume lavender oil orally.

Basil Leaves

Holy Basil

An age-old remedy for a headache is chewing of basil leaves to alleviate its symptoms. Because of its analgesic properties chewing of basil leaves are often considered effective. Basil oil works as a muscle relaxant to relax the tight muscle due to tension. Add 3-4  basil leaves to boiling water and lets it simmer. Add honey and sip the tea slowly. Adding basil leaves to boiling water and then inhaling can also work wonders for a migraine. To detoxify your entire body try chewing two-three basil leaves every day.

Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegar

Power with nutritional benefits, apple cider vinegar, is considered the best remedy for a migraine headache. Add organic apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Add honey as a sweetener. Drink this to prevent a migraine. You can also mix the half cup of apple cider vinegar with half cup boiling water in a saucepan. Remove from heat and inhale the steam to get an instant relief of migraine headaches

Few Stretches

Basic stretches of neck and head can relax the muscle of your head and neck. Moving your chin upwards and downwards then moving your neck sideways towards your shoulders. Try running your neck clockwise and anticlockwise. This can be an instant remedy for your migraine pain.



Deficiency of nutrition can be one of the reasons for migraine attacks hence taking magnesium instead of painkillers are a safe way to cure a migraine. Magnesium prevents the brain signaling pathway, which is responsible for vision and sensory changes. Magnesium can blocks the pain-transmitting chemicals in brain hence to counteract the pain with a migraine. Consuming 200mg-600mg of magnesium on a daily basis can keep you away from migraine attacks. Dietary sources of magnesium include fibrous foods such as beans, whole grains, nuts, vegetables like broccoli, squash & leafy vegetables. Dairy products like turkey meat known to increase tryptophan level and chocolate can boost magnesium level.

Relax, Breathe & Massage

When if you are in pain avoid doing exercising for relaxing. Try getting a good body massage. Deep meditation can also ease your tensions and stress level. Try doing Yoga asanas for relaxation along with deep breathing. Different yoga postures help in regular blood flow in the brain and boost serotonin activity which stimulates the pain-relieving receptors to reduce a frequency of migraines.

These simple tips for a migraine are effective if done with proper care and on a daily basis. However, it is best possible to avoid migraine attacks by eating well, releasing stress and having a proper sleep.

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