Migraines and Headaches

Naturopathy in Lake StevensMillions of people suffer daily from tension, headaches, and migraines. Before you reach for Aspirin or Ibuprofen there are many home remedies to try.

As your one resource For Naturopathy in Lake Stevens, and helpful tips to a better you, McQuinn Naturopathic offers the following suggestions:

Lavender
Lavender oil can be either inhaled or applied topically. Two to four drops for every two to three cups of boiling water are recommended when inhaling lavender-oil vapors as a headache treatment.

Peppermint Oil
Headaches and migraine pain are often due to poor blood flow, and peppermint oil helps to open and close the vessels that promote flow.

Basil Oil
Basil works as a muscle relaxant, so it is especially helpful for headaches caused by tension and tight muscles.

Modify your Diet
Certain foods have been shown to affect the frequency and severity of headaches and migraine pain, including dairy; chocolate; peanut butter; certain fruits, such as avocado, banana, and citrus; onions; meats with nitrates, such as bacon and hot dogs; foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG); foods containing tyramine, an amino acid found in red wine; and foods that are fermented or pickled. Keep track of these trigger foods and your reaction to them with a food diary.

Scalp Massage
Do-it-yourself scalp massages can be an effective way to alleviate migraine pain, and they feel great. Researchers in Brazil showed that massaging the greater occipital nerve — the area in the back of the head, at the base of the skull — reduces migraine pain . Massage in general has been identified as a useful home remedy for headaches, especially reflexology (massaging reflex points on the hands and feet).

Herbal Feverfew
This herb contains compounds called parthenolides, which appear to help control expansion and contraction of blood vessels in the head. When you begin to get a migraine, your brain releases the neurotransmitter serotonin, and your blood vessels constrict. Feverfew appears to counteract your brain’s order by causing blood vessels to dilate.

Flax Seed
Some headaches are caused by inflammation, which can be reduced by consuming omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed can help provide headache relief because it’s rich in omega-3s.

Buckwheat
It contains a flavonoid known as rutin. Flavonoids are phytochemicals, which are found in plants, and have been shown to contain antioxidant properties, which counteract damage to cells. In addition, researchers in Taiwan have demonstrated the effects of flavonoids on inflammation, a common cause of headaches.

Magnesium
Did you know that more than 50% of headache sufferers are deficient in magnesium? It is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body, & is a necessary mineral for the transmission of nerve impulses, temperature regulation, detoxification & energy production. Other commons signs of low magnesium include, muscle spasms, restless legs, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, constipation, cramps, & arrhythmias.

For more information, and to find Naturopathy in Lake Stevens, contact McQuinn Naturopathic at (425)905-2487.  We don’t just treat our patients, we teach our patients.