Natural treatments for migraines & muscle soreness

June 23, 2015

Migraines and muscle soreness are common problems for many people, but they don't have to be a regular part of your life. Try these natural treatments for a drug-free approach to prevention and alleviating symptoms.

Natural treatments for migraines & muscle soreness

Avoid migraine-causing foods

The food you eat can play a role in bringing about a migraine, particularly if the food contains amines – compounds that are notorious migraine triggers. To reduce the chances of this happening, try to avoid the following foods.

  • Aged cheese
  • Pickles
  • Cured meats
  • Red wine
  • Beer
  • Nuts
  • Oranges
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Chocolate

Brush your headache away

When you feel a headache coming on, don't reach for pain-killers – instead, try brushing it away by relieving muscle tension. Use either your fingertips or a moderately stiff hairbrush.

  • Starting above an eyebrow, draw your fingertips or the brush over your head, back over your ear and down the back of your neck.
  • Go back to the top of the eyebrow and do it again, starting a little to the right of the previous stroke.
  • Do the same above the other eyebrow until you've covered your head.
  • To make sure the headache really has gone, repeat the whole procedure about half an hour later.

Try homemade treatments

Whether you're a weekend gardener or a serious athlete, you may suffer from muscle and joint soreness. Try these make-at-home oil treatments to alleviate your aches.

  • Blend 15 millilitres (1 tablespoon) of a neutral-scented oil, such as almond, with 3–5 drops of eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint or wintergreen essential oil. Gently rub the mixture into sore muscles. Store in a cool, dry place in a dark-coloured glass bottle.
  • Infuse 5 millilitres (1 teaspoon) of dried chili flakes in 30 millilitres (2 tablespoons) of sunflower oil overnight. Strain through a coffee filter before use. Test for sensitivity on a small area of skin first and always keep the oil away from your eyes.
  • Spread castor oil all over the afflicted joint. Put cotton wool or a piece of flannel over the oil and then apply a heating pad or hot-water bottle.

Don't let migraines and muscle soreness slow you down – try these natural treatments to keep you feeling good and going strong all day.

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