I recently had a pretty debilitating migraine, and asked for recommendations in my Instagram Stories. The suggestions and recommendations came in so quickly, along with a number of requests that I share what I learned.
Everyone was so happy to share what has worked for either them or their loved ones in the past. It was such a thoughtful and robust list, and I wanted to make the suggestions and recommendations available for everyone that was curious, or are simply looking for other things to try.
I know that this is a little out of the ordinary for my website, but I think if there is one main theme that I hope to convey with my business, it's kindness. So the sharing of resources, suggestions that were crowd sourced in all actuality feels right at home here.
I want to premise this by saying that I am not a medical professional. No one that reached out to me claimed to be a medical professional. And you should absolutely discuss any type of prescription, supplement and all major lifestyle or routine changes with your personal care team before starting.
I have bolded the things that I have tried and personally recommend.
If you are in the middle of a migraine episode and are looking for relief, I truly hope you feel better soon.
PS. I have linked in some articles, products and accounts to help your search for solutions. The links to Amazon are affiliate listings. You can alternatively find all of the products for Migraine Relief here on my Amazon Lists page.
Things you can take or consume:
- CBD Oil, Gummies, Tinctures: I like Two Cranes and Lord Jones. Two Cranes has mini bottles in case you've never tried it before.
- Caffeine: 100mg, concentrated black coffee, Cola, Diet Cola
- Excedrin. Both the Red Label (Migraine Specific) and the PM versions were recommended. Excedrin is a mix of Acetaminophen and Caffeine, so if you don't have this exact medicine on hand, you may be able to replicate it with Tylenol and a strong cup of coffee
- Origins - Peace of Mind
- Supplements with Riboflavin and B2
- Feverfew Extract. It is a plant that you can ingest as a tea, tincture or in capsule form.
- Ginger Root, Ginger Tea
- Ibuprofen Gel on your neck with a warm wheat bag over your eyes
- Tea - made from cayenne pepper, fresh lemon and grated ginger root
- Naproxen Sodium 550mg
- Drink Water: 80-120 ounces a day
- Drink something with electrolytes
- Eat a couple pieces of chocolate
- Eat ice cream for temporary relief
- Eat a banana. Potassium may help.
- Leefy Organics Prana Supplement
- Nuskin Supplements
- Magnesium 600mg
- Imitrex (sumatriptan) both the pill and nasal spray
- Rizatriptan - the one that dissolves under your tongue
- 2 Codeine Dolipran
Things you can do:
- Avoid Screens
- Dim Lights
- Optometrist. If you have a prescription change, even if it’s small it can lead to headaches.
- Put pressure on both of your temples
- Cold Water: Splash it on your face, or put your hands and feet in it
- Use a cold washcloth on your head, neck, sinuses
- Hot Water: a hot bath, a hot shower “as hot as you can handle”
- Put a hot towel on your forehead, head and eyes
- Put your feet in warm water and put a cool towel around your neck. “Shunts blood away from the noggin’” / “Tub (deep enough container to submerge your feet into) filled with hot water, head facing down towards knees and an ice pack in your neck along with some caffeine”
- Keep an eye on your food - to see if it has a correlation
- Listen to Migraine Relief music on YouTube, or a soothing distraction
- Check to see if you have neck/head alignment issues
- Scalp & Neck Massage
- Go into a pitch black room, like a bathroom
- Tie a bandana tightly around your head, or a beanie for the pressure
- Do Yoga
- Soak your feet in Epsom Salt - it's helpful if it is infused with Lavender Essential Oil
- Daith piercing
- Put “intense pressure on the skin between the thumbs”. This tool does that for you and someone suggested using a C-Clamp on that piece of skin.
- Acupuncture - one person said that it after a session they didn't have a migraine for months!
Things you can use:
- Eye Mask: Chilled or weighted or lavender and rice filled, or use a microwavable rice bag or sock (microwave for 45 seconds). I use this eye pillow from Secret Holiday Co. and keep it stored in an air tight container when not in use.
- Blue light blocking glasses: You can also set up Blue Light Filters on all devices. (These are cuter ones by Warby Parker.)
- Ice Pack on your head, forehead, eyes, neck of the neck
- Ice Roller
- Migrastil Migraine Stick - at the time of posting, this has 4.5* on almost 16,000 reviews on Amazon! They also have a nasal inhaler version too.
- Tiger Balm
- Jade Roller
- Earplugs: MigraineX (Now known as WeatherX) helps prevent migraines related to barometric pressure changes
- A humidifier
- Colloidal Silver
- Eye drops
Essential Oils to try:
- Lavender Essential Oil or lotion on your forehead and temples
- Peppermint Oil on your temples, neck and tip of nose
- Aveda’s Blue Oil - It’s a mix of Blue Chamomile Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil they have a new Cooling Balancing Oil (but the reviews aren't very good for this).
- Blend called “Head Relief”
- Saje Peppermint Halo Cooling
- Frankincense Essential Oil. It is also known as olibanum and is made from the resin of the Boswellia tree.