Suffering from a migraine can render you useless for the entire day. It can keep you in bed with something covering your eyes and ears to block out all light and sound. They prevent you from doing any and all daily activities because you can’t function because everything feels like it’s going to make your head explode. And if that’s not bad enough some migraines come with nausea and others come with the room spinning in circles.
And for a person that suffers from chronic migraines I know these pains all too well. Some months I can go a week a week and not have a migraine, but the next I have one every other day. Or the worse migraines that last for several days that require a trip to the ER because there’s nothing I can do to get rid of them, and I feel like my head is on the verge of exploding.
Now a headache you can typically take a pain reliever and it’ll clear up in an hour or two, or it’s typically bearable. But a migraine isn’t that simple. Sometimes a pain reliever won’t do the trick, and you have to use other methods to help the pain reliever actually work. Here’s a list of things I do in conjunction with taking a pain reliever to help get rid of a migraine.
Lavender Eye Pillow/Unscented Eye Pillow-
This eye pillow contains lavender buds that produce a lavender scent that a both calming and healing that helps relieve the pressure of a migraine. It doesn’t get rid of the migraine completely on it’s own, but it helps. There is also an unscented version of this eye pillow as well. What you do is heat it up in the microwave for 15 seconds and place on your forehead. The heat helps relieve the pain, much like that of a heating pad. It also applies a nice pressure to the forehead and temples, which I think is what helps in conjunction with the heat, because it keeps my head from feeling like it’s about to explode because something is holding it in place.
Migraine Relief Spray-
This spray contains essential oils that help with the relief of migraines. It contains magnesium oil which stimulates blood flow to reduce spasms, lavender to relieve tension headaches and reduce stress, sweet marjoram to ease the nervous system, peppermint to calm and rejuvenate the senses, and rosemary and basil to reduce pain and mental fatigue. You spray it on your forehead and the back of your neck and just relax, it also helps with anxiety.
Peppermint Essential Oil-
This is one of the first things I started using with to help relieve migraines. And I find that it works well the majority of the time. I rub it in the middle of my forehead, then temples, and lastly all over my forehead. I do it this way so I know the whole area is covered. My forehead will start to tingle a little, much like when you use IcyHot for muscle aches, and usually I’ll lie down in the dark and cover my eyes and allow it to work before doing anything.
I use this a lot like I use the peppermint oil, I rub it on the center of my forehead, then my temples and lastly all over my forehead to ensure the whole area is covered. It also works much in the same way as the peppermint oil. However, I notice quicker relief with the Tiger Balm and I don’t have to lie down in order for it to really help. I keep this one in my drawer at work, just in case a nasty migraine springs on while I’m at work. It does have a reddish tint but I’ve never noticed it turning my forehead red, and it does have a strong scent as well, I think it smells like gingerbread so I don’t mind the smell since it helps.
These are a few things that help me when I have a migraine that just won’t go away. Of course if you have one that lasts for several days, please go see your doctor as it could be signs of something worse. Migraines are nothing to play around with and they should be treated properly. They aren’t a simple headache that you can just take something and get rid of, they really do put you out of commission. I hope some of the things I use may provide some relief to others that suffer from migraines out there and maybe this helps someone to know they aren’t alone in feeling like their head is going to explode every now and again when they have a migraine.