Migraines are extraordinary headaches that often require prescription medication to prevent and relieve the pain. However, there are a few home remedies you can try to alleviate some of the symptoms. Like many of the medications used to treat these headaches, not every remedy works for every person.
Drink something caffeinated
Caffeine enhances pain relievers, which is why it is added to many medications. Caffeine by itself also constricts blood vessels, relieving one of the major causes of pain.
A walk or other form of exercise releases endorphins that act as natural pain killers, and breaks the headache for some sufferers.
Ice packs, wet cloths or cold showers can ease the pain of a migraines by causing the blood vessels near the surface of your scalp to contract.
Relaxation techniques, such as meditation or massage, can relieve symptoms for some, particularly the tense muscles in the neck and shoulders that accompany some migraines.
Research has shown that many sufferers have low levels of magnesium in their bodies, so magnesium supplements can prevent the headaches for some. Feverfew is an herbal supplement that some believe prevents migraines, but the herb has yet to show any promise in research trials.