Natural Remedies for Menstrual Migraines

Aug 08, 2016

The cause of migraines can be elusive. But women who experience them monthly have a clue as to the cause.  It is not uncommon for women to experience migraines during menstruation or as a symptom of PMS.

Natural remedies for menstrual migraines include stress relief, dietary changes and hormone balancing.

It is better to work towards improving over all health to prevent those monthly migraines than to try and treat them once you have them.

Borax

Borax can be used to help balance hormones and alkalize the body. This remedy is taken all month long, 4 days on and 3 days off. Add 1/8 teaspoon borax to a liter of water and sip throughout the day. This will also help keep calcium and magnesium levels balanced.

Dietary Changes 

Because fluctuating blood sugar levels can trigger migraines, keeping blood sugar levels even is important to minimize the risk of migraines. Smaller and more frequent meals can help keep blood sugar levels more even. Reducing sugar and carbohydrate consumption will also help to balance blood sugar. High protein snacks instead of crackers and chips will keep blood sugars more even.

Proper hydration is also important. Drink plenty of pure fresh water or herbal tea. Coffee, caffeine drinks, soda pop (including diet soda), and energy drinks should be kept to a minimum.

Supplements to Prevent Menstrual Migraines

Vitamin deficiency can cause countless health problems. Supplements to consider include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • B-Complex
  • Magnesium

Herbs for Menstrual Migraines

Consider taking a daily herbal infusion to balance female hormones and prevent monthly migraines. The following recipe is full of important nutrients for the female system.

  • 2 tablespoons red raspberry leaf
  • 2 tablespoons nettle leaf
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint leaf
  • Place the above dried herbs in a jar. Boil water in your kettle.
  • Pour 4 cups of water over the herbs.
  • Allow them to steep for 4 hours. (If you do this at bedtime it is fine to allow them to steep all night.) You are not adding any more heat, just allowing the hot and then cool water extract the important minerals and nutrients.
  • Strain the leaves out of the water.
  • Sweeten with honey if desired.
  • Drink the infusion throughout the day. It can be kept in the refrigerator after you strain the leaves out.
  • You will need to make a fresh batch each day.

Feverfew works well for many migraine suffers regardless of the cause. However, feverfew needs to be taken daily to prevent migraines.

Wild Yam is another herb that can be used all month long to balance hormones and prevent migraines cause by hormonal imbalances.  It may take a few months of regular use to see results.

What to Do If You Have a Menstrual Migraine

  • Drink a glass of water with a splash of lemon juice or lime juice.
  • If possible, lie down with the lights out for 20 minutes.
  • Apply a drop of peppermint and/or lavender essential oil to your palm. Cup your palms over your nose and mouth and slowly inhale and exhale. 
  • Try a dose of skullcap herb or white willow bark. You can buy these in tincture or capsule form.

Have you found a remedy for menstrual migraines? We would love to hear from you!



Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by Gisela (Lawrence, Massachusetts, Usa) on 07/28/2011
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I mixed 2 1/2 tbsp of organic apple cider vinegar with 1 tbsp of organic raw honey into 8 oz of spring water and added ice (made from spring water) to treat a full-blown migraine (headache from neck to forehead, blurry vision, light sensitivity, horrible nausea and sensitivity to sound). I also put on sunglasses to help with the light sensitivity and placed a frozen bottle of water at the base of my skull propped up behind me on a rolled up pillow (helps to stop the excess blood flow to the brain, which in turn reduces the pain as well).

I had tried Excederin Migraine with no luck. This migraine was on and off for a few days, a menstrual migraine (I get one before my period, one during my period and one or two after). After drinking about an once, I felt good enough to take off my sunglasses.

I ate a few saltines to help my stomach as the taste of the mixture didn't sit well with my already horrible nausea, that allowed me to drink more of it. I am now about half-way done with the 8oz and feel about 90% better. The saltines helps to majorly combat the nausea.

I want to add that in the past I tried just the organic Apple Cider Vinegar and water for migraines and it only helped after numerous cups and only provided like 50% relief. I believe that using organic raw unfiltered honey made all the difference as it contains beneficial minerals that have healing powers themselves. The oganic apple cider vinegar with the mother in it together with the organic raw unfiltered honey has been the winning combo for me as well as adding the ice to the base of the skull and using saltines for the nausea.

Hope this helps!


Posted by Hia Ama (Miamisburg, Oh) on 03/31/2011
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I too have used ACV with no pleasure to my tastebuds. Thanks Mom! However it has eliminated debilitating menstrual migraines.

I have one more thing to add to the list of things to try for healing and well being. Stop referring to ailments as "yours". So many people claim illness as their own... My headaches... My ulcer.. My PMS. Stop!

Posted by Sukie (Lake Los Angeles, CA) on 02/01/2007
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My boyfriend recently told me about Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with apple juice as a cure for sore throat, colds etc... I remember hearing about ACV in the 70's for weight loss but never knew how to take it. I did some research and found this site and decided to try it. I AM CONVINCED THAT ACV IS A MIRACLE CURE!! Remember the old adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"? Well I thought it can't hurt so I started drinking 2 t. of ACV with 6 oz. apple juice twice a day, 5 days ago. I have increased energy, decreased appetite and for the first time in 10 years I did not get a menstrual migraine with my period this morning. I've been taking Maxalt at least twice a month for years for hormonal migraines and did not need it today. That in and of itself has made me a believer. My boyfriend has also reported increased energy and general overall well being. We will continue to drink ACV daily. Thank you for this great site!


Posted by Nicolette (Dunedin, FL) on 07/23/2006
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I suffer from menstrual migraines for the last 7 months & I have allergies to many medications so all I can take is extra strength tylenol. I have tried many home remedies because I usually have a migraine for 1-2 entire days without taking medication. I had this migraine for 14 hours & within 10 minutes of drinking the mixture my headache was gone! Thank you so much!!


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Posted by Karen (Union, KY) on 11/09/2006
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This is the first time I've tried blackstrap molasses for my monthly migraine, which I have had for several years. Nothing I tried seem to prevent this from happening, I could only medicate after it started. This is the first time I haven't had one after using the Molasses. I took a couple of spoonfuls in the morning and took it to work and used a couple of times during the day. I use an organic unsulphered brand. So glad I have found this, no more migraine this month. I really can't believe this, still waiting to see if one comes on.