Ways to Treat Hormonal Headaches Naturally
Natural Cure for Headaches
The reasons for headache vary and can be caused by many factors. Some women experience headache or menstrual migraine every month due to fluctuating hormone levels. Hormone levels may change due to:
- Menstrual Cycle
- Oral contraceptives
- Hormone replacement therapies
Genes also play a role in migraines but the following are also thought to be contributing factors:
- not enough rest and sleep
- skipping meals
- loud sounds, bright lights and fragrances
- drinking alcohol (especially red wine)
- artificial sweeteners
- processed meats
According to Dr Anne MacGregor, formerly of the National Migraine Centre, “Migraine is most likely to develop in either the two days leading up to a period, or the first three days during a period. This is because of the natural drop in oestrogen levels at these times. The attacks are typically more severe than migraines at other times of the month and are more likely to come back the next day,” she says.
Menstrual migraines can be sometimes painful, if not always and may interfere with your daily routine. Women who experience menstrual migraines often may find relief during pregnancy and upon reaching the menopausal stage. There are ways where you can ease the symptoms and relieve the intensity of the pain by making changes in your lifestyle and the aid of medication although we would highly recommend treating your headache the natural way.
Self Help Tips To Prevent A Migraine
We have simple self help tips that will allow you to take extra care of your body to avoid migraine attacks.
- Increase water intake and stay hydrated
- Eat small, frequent meals to keep the blood sugar level up
- Always eat breakfast
- Have enough sleep and make sure that the room is quiet and conducive for sleeping
- Avoid or possibly eliminate stress
- Do deep breathing exercises
- Apply ice bag on the affected area of your head to relax
- Find ways to relax
Stay Active As Possible and Do the Following Tips to Treat Hormonal Headache:
- Eat fruits and vegetables to stay healthy and prevent migraine attacks especially during your monthly period. Consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables a week before your menstrual cycle has proven to counteract the ill effects of migraine.
- Exercise is the best way to relieve any pain we feel in our body. Exercise is recommended due to the fact that it can release the hormone endorphins necessary to treat headaches and migraines.
- Sleeping well at night is very important in order for the body to recover from daytime activities. Women who lack sleep prior to their menstrual cycle are prone to suffer severe headaches. Getting enough rest and sleep will beat the migraine nightmare you don’t want to experience every month. The recommended number of hours of sleep is between 8-10 hours every night.
- Relaxation techniques are helpful in alleviating painful migraines. Activities include deep breathing, guided imagery, yoga, visualisations and affirmations. Free yourself from stress and make sure to maintain a happy and positive disposition in dealing with problems.
Natural and Home Remedies
Relying on over the counter drugs may be helpful but they can only relieve symptoms but not totally heal the underlying cause. Here we have a list of natural and home remedies which you will find useful in treating headaches.
- The effects of evening Primrose oil is very similar to Omega Fatty Acids and Omega 3 in fish oil which is a natural pain killer and helpful in relieving menstrual headaches.
- Flax Seed Oil can also alleviate headache.
- Willow Bark helps reduce fever, pain and swelling.
- Ginger contains anti inflammatory properties and can bes best consumed as a drinking tea.
- Magnesium oil is also effective in reducing symptoms of PMS one of which is migraine. Those who used magnesium oil on a regular basis have reportedly noted an improvement in migraine.