Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies for Migraines

Cumin Seeds
Posted by Abeer (Karachi, Pakistan) on 12/26/2007
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me and my mother both suffer from severe migrane pains. we both use to take regular medicine to avoid it. then we heard of black seeds. the trick is to chew the seeds raw and then drinking water on it. i and my mother both have been using it, i get instant relief in 10 minutes, my mother was also getting quick relief but now again shes suffering from severe eye migraines. the doctors say that its not curable.. i m really worried. i wish i could find some way of helping her. please inform me of any one has any info or anything to help me find a viable cure for her. thanks.

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Cumin Seeds
Posted by Abeer (USA) on 12/30/2007

Nigella sativa and its black seed are known by other names, varying between places. Some call it black caraway, others call it black cumin (Kalonji), or even coriander seeds. In English, the Nigella sativa plant is commonly referred to as "Love in a Mist".

Nevertheless, this is Nigella sativa, which has been known and used from ancient times and is also known in Persian as Shonaiz. and you can find out more abt it on this link http://www.sweetsunnah.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?category=blackseed can you please inform me of remedy to cure my mothers disease :) thanks and take care abeer

Cumin Seeds
Posted by Jonathan99 (London, UK) on 08/06/2012

Hi, Sometimes black seed oil can help migraines, the blessed seed should be taken regularly.

The secret lies in its strengthening and rebalancing our all important immune system which is our body's defense against illness. Countless people take the blessed seed to make sure they do not fall down to the flu. Also with cancer on the increase, the ability of this alternative health remedy to clear tumours means that you are safeguarding that you will not get cancer.

Lets hope the blessed seed helps.

Stop Drinking Tea
Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn.) on 11/15/2007
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To Lisa from St. Clair Shores, Michigan (ll/14/07)' Were you perhaps using Nutrisweet (aspartame) to sweeten all that green tea you were drinking? If so, it was more likely that aspartame was causing your headaches - it is notarious for causing headaches and many other problems. Honey or stevia is a much safer sweetener.

Stop Drinking Tea
Posted by Lisa (St. Clair Shores, Michigan) on 11/14/2007
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Just wanted to let people know if you have terrible migraines, consider your diet. I started a journal and realized I was drinking about 6-8 cups of green or white tea daily for the health benefits; when I stopped drinking it, my migraines disappeared instantly. I had suffered terribly with migraines 1-3 weekly for about 10 years! Hope this can help someone. Please share with anyone who gets a migraine.

Stop Drinking Tea
Posted by Vickie (Spokane, WA) on 12/26/2008

It was probably the caffeine in the tea that was giving you the headaches. Green Tea is high in caffeine. I don't know about the White Tea.

Stop Drinking Tea
Posted by G (Spain) on 11/10/2016

Tea, black, green and puerrh all destroy Dao the enzyme that regulates histamine - too much histamine- migraine.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Trulyjen (Tucson, Az) on 09/04/2011

Make sure you are using the REAL Apple Cider Vinegar. Some are flavored and are not the real thing. Best to use [organic] brand to be sure it's real.

Vitamin B and Magnesium
Posted by Chris (San Antonio, Texax) on 07/31/2007
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My wife had suffered from debilitating migraines for years. The various presciptions the doctors prescribed did not work and had significant side effects. Finally, I did a ton of research and found that migraines are caused by a deficiency of Vitamin B and Magnesium. Since then, a good B-complex vitamin and magnesium supplement a day keeps the migraines away. They start up if she misses more than a day. Also, before she started this supplement, she ended up in the ER again with a massive migraine--I convinced and strong armed the doctor to administer IV magnesium (it couldn't hurt). Amazingly, her migraine was gone in 10 to 20 minutes. He had never seen this--my wife was amazed--she didn't know what the doctors did and didn't believe me until the doctor confirmed. Since then, she is very careful about taking her B-complex and magnesium supplements.

Vitamin B and Magnesium
Posted by Tom (Regina, Sk) on 10/24/2010


It's possible that several of the B-Complex vitamins act synergistically for specific problems, like migraines. Niacin (straight nicotinic acid form of B3) has evidence of working, and there is also evidence that B2 riboflavin can effect the same relief from migraines, but possibly via a different pathway.
Migraine Headache

Several studies indicate that people who get migraines may decrease the frequency and duration of the headache by taking riboflavin. One double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed that taking 400 mg of riboflavin a day cut the number of migraine attacks in half. The study did not compare riboflavin to conventional medications used to prevent migraines, however, so more research is needed.

The NIH US National Institute of Health has an entire Searchable huge database of studies done in institutes of all kinds from all over the world:

Studies on adults show the effectiveness and tolerability of riboflavin in migraine prevention, while data on children are scarce. This retrospective study reports on our experience of using riboflavin for migraine prophylaxis in 41 pediatric and adolescent patients, who received 200 or 400 mg/day single oral dose of riboflavin for 3, 4 or 6 months. Attack frequency and intensity decreased (P < 0.01) during treatment, and these results were confirmed during the follow-up. A large number of patients (77.1%) reported that abortive drugs were effective for controlling ictal(relating to seizure or convulsion) events. During the follow-up, 68.4% of cases had a 50% or greater reduction in frequency of attacks and 21.0% in intensity. Two patients had vomiting and increased appetite, respectively, most likely for causes unrelated to the use of riboflavin. In conclusion, riboflavin seems to be a well-tolerated, effective, and low-cost prophylactic treatment in children and adolescents suffering from migraine. On the linked NIH page at the top is the Search. Just use any string like 'migraines and Vitamin B2'.

Avoid MSG and Free Glutamates!
Posted by S. (Nc, Usa) on 03/13/2015

Thanks for the MSG info Cindy. That may be the "missing link" for some of us.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and Sea Salt
Posted by Mugs (Washington, DC) on 03/03/2010

The migraine may have come from the chinese food, it is usually loaded with MSG and that will bring on a migraine very quickly in me. Also it makes me hold a lot of fluid.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and Sea Salt
Posted by Sheryl (Ma., US) on 12/21/2014

I have been struggling with migraines for the past 10 years. The number of alternative therapies I have experienced, from acupuncture to food sensitivity testing, is mind-boggling!

I'm very interested in the apple cider vinegar and baking soda remedy. Since I get two to three migraines a week, I have finally consented to taking a preventative drug, which I started 3 days ago. We'll see...

Cold Showers
Posted by Araeshkigal (Hurst, TX) on 02/16/2007
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I first started taking cold showers as a suggested remedy for migraines. It more than worked. It also helped alleviate skin breakouts, regular muscle cramping, and some blood pressure issues (I changed nothing else in diet or exercise to be sure this was what was having the effects) I find it's best to start barely warm and slowly get to cold. If you can't stand ice cold at first just go "on the cool side" till you get a tolerance. You don't have to *freeze* to get the benefits. Also I find cold baths do *not* have the same therapeutic effect as' cold showers (anyone else?)

Cold Showers
Posted by C (PD) on 02/13/2007
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In the summer time when I get a migraine that would not quit, I would go in the afternoon to the springs, which is like jumping into ice water, and the migraine would got away instantly, I had always used ice packs which helped, but did not get rid of them, jumping in ice cold springs did, which would be the same as really cold water in your shower or bath.

Cold Showers
Posted by Noelle (Elkhorn, Ne, Usa) on 09/25/2012

I'm surprised by this 'cure'. Usually extremes of any stimuli can be a trigger for migraines... Whether it be food, noise, temperature, etc. I used to see a headache doc who had created a bizarre headpiece that had ceramic panel inserts. The panels could be frozen or microwaved. I tried 'frozen' first. My headache went from a 6 to a 9 in about one minute! (Sub zero weather days, migraine intensifies just as rapidly. ) Next headache, I tried microwaving the panels. The heat felt good and maybe caused a very minimal pain decrease. Likewise, a hot bath that I can lay my head in the water also helps. Or maybe it is the weightless environment? Just saying that heat feels good, but I certainly wouldnt call it a cure.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Tammy (Roseburg, Oregon) on 01/11/2007
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I avoid anything with coconut oil in it! It gives me terrible migraine headaches. My whole family runs this allergic reaction. Now, I don't know if it's "virgin" - it's the C.O. you see in lots of products (candy, esp.) A small amount can set me back for a day; more has caused me a visit to the ER! I did not run across anyone else who said they had the same reaction, but my dad, aunts, cousins, etc. all are allergic to C.O.

Gunpowder Tea
Posted by wendy (MA) on 08/07/2022

There are so many kinds online and my impression is that it is just green tea. What is it that makes "gunpowder" tea so different? Does anyone know?

Gunpowder Tea
Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 08/09/2022


Just check out the Wikipedia entry for "Gunpowder Tea".

Ozonated Water
Posted by Polish (Frankfurt, Germany) on 10/28/2006
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1 month ago i was trying ozonated water for the first time and it worked WONDERS for my menstruation migraine. it worked too astonishingly well that i got bold and had some coffee and chocolate that day to "test" the ozone. very devilishly! well, i had "over tested" and felt the migraine creeping slowly back. since i was working at that moment i asked for a painkiller and they gave me a pill of ibuprofen. and my doom [acid reflux] was sealed!

Lemons or Limes With Salt and Pepper
Posted by Anj (London, UK) on 09/21/2006
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Cut a lemon or /lime into halves or slices, sprinkle about 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of salt and same amount of black pepper. roast/ oven bake/direct on gas fire/ barbecue/ cover it and microwave for 40 seconds, salt and pepper side on top till bubbly juice comes out. Let it cool down but don't let it go completely cold, it should be hot. Suck with the pulp direct from the lemon slices/halves as the peel has secreted some juices that you need. Same method can be used with sour oranges or tangerines.

This recipe came from my mum who used it on all her kids as natural alternative which would not give any side effect, to cure headaches, migraines, cough and colds, flu, as well as when someone feels sick as if they want to vomit. This is a ideal alternative medicine for diabetics and ideal for everyone as you don't have to go shopping, everything you'll have in your home when you have any of these problems. All of us brothers and sisters have been using this all these years, may be it might help someone who wants to try natural alternatives which would not give them any side effects especially if they are diabetics.

Lavender Oil
Posted by Sonia (Los Angeles) on 08/25/2006
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Lavender oil cures migraines and headaches. I use essential lavender oil under my nose so I can smell and breath it in. The smell clears your nasal passages and it much easier to fall asleep. I also use an ice pack over whichever side of the forehead I have the migraine. I fall asleep easily and the headache subsides.

Peppermint Oil
Posted by Samantha (Albany, NY) on 02/12/2006
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I used to get an average of 4 migraines per week. Now that I regularly visit my chiropractor I very rarely suffer from a migraine. When I do get one, I rub peppermint essential oil on my temples. It helps with both the headache part as well as the nausea.

Ice Pack
Posted by Heidi (Phoenix, AZ) on 01/22/2006
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Try using a frozen ice pack (the flexible kind for sports injuries works best), and place it at the base of the skull. The ice will reduce the swelling in the blood vessels which are causing the restriction of the blood flow and causing the migraine in the first place. It usually relieves my migraines within about 10-15 minutes.

Ice Pack
Posted by April (Savannah, GA) on 07/14/2009
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Ice Pack Cured my Migraine

I'd had the worst migraine in years and it had already persisted for a day, and I had already taken the max of my prescription medication. My next step was to go to the ER when a coworker suggested the ice pack at the base of the skull. I placed several ice cubes in a Ziplock bag, placed it on the back of my neck, and lay in my bed again. I also took four more Tylenol and fell back asleep. When I awoke this time, the migraine was gone completely.

Posted by Dagon (South Africa)
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Been struggling with acute migraines my whole life. Then a buddy tells me to have an energade as soon as you notice the symptoms. I was very skeptical but it worked. Don't know what is in that stuff it has worked for me almost every time since. Anybody got any ideas?

Icelandic Vodka
Posted by Zikit (New York, NY) on 08/04/2012

vodka and wine is great beverage, I like drink whisky but it is hard to drink. vodka is best.