Tuesday, October 25, 2011


My mother has suffered from migraines for a long time. Now one of my best friends is also suffering from migraines. I have been looking into her case for her and I thought I would take you along with me for the ride. I know there are many of my friend who also have this problem and I would like to help as many as I can.
First of all you have to be aware of what exactly is going on with your body. You can't just say I have migraines and fix me. Knowing your body in the first step to combating illness of any kind. You need to know when you are having these migraines and what may be triggering them. From here you can make a plan of attack.

Migraine Triggers:

  • lack of sleep or too much sleep
  • stress induced, anxiety or even relaxing after stress
  • bright lights
  • weather induced
  • too much caffeine or a withdrawal symptom of coming off of caffeine
  • foods that contain nitrates or foods with MSG
  • food allergies (chocolate is one that causes problems for many but there are others check with your health care provider and watch your diet)
  • aspartame a ingredient in many diet sodas and chewing gums and even sugar free candies)
  • too much white sugar or your blood sugar being out of sink 
  • hormonal periods
  • perfume smells etc.
    If you are experiencing a lack of sleep and you can't do much about it because you are a busy mother and wife then you need to take extra nutrients to support your body.

    Adrenal support - will help nourish your adrenal glands during this season in your life.

    Adrenal Support is also great for supporting your body during stressful periods.

    Perfect Eyes- sometimes age can effect how much the eyes can handle

    Fever Few- my Mom had good success with this herb with her weather induced headaches. Its also good for any kind of Migraine.

    Xylitol- natural sweetener or any other Natural sweetener like Stevia which is an herb

    Calcium-Magnesium- great for migraines

    Peppermint Tea- I've used 3 tea bags with great success with stress headaches

    Essential Oils- Peppermint, lavender, and marjoram rub on your wrists and inhale in stressful moments.

    Raspberry Capsules or tea from  the Bulk Herb Store or other quality stores.

    Breath Free-a oil combo from natures sunshine can be rubbed on the neck and back of the shoulders for smell induced and any kind of headache.

    Let me know if you need more help. I do not sell the natures sunshine products anymore but they are still a high quality product. A lot of information can be found via the internet and pinterest. If you want my certified herbalist opinion then drop me a line and let me know. My email consultation fee is $10 if I can not help you there is no fee.

    Jenifer Harrod

        Certified Herbalist



    Laura said...

    Mine are hormone-related. I always get one in the days leading up to my period, and don't get them while pregnant. Any suggestions for dealing with these kind?

    Anonymous said...

    My migraines are weather induced also - north easterly winds and high barometric pressure. I tried feverfew years ago with not improvement. Maybe I'll give it another try.

    Lynda...in Tasmania

    'Becca said...

    This is really good advice. There are a few other things I want to mention:

    A friend of mine has migraines triggered by perfumes, mostly cologne and aftershave but occasionally an air freshener or something will "zap" her. These are not a trigger for me, but when I am already having a migraine, a whiff of artificial fragrance can make me feel a LOT worse! Fragrances are made with toxic chemicals and are not required to disclose their ingredients, so it's best to steer clear of them as much as you can.

    Fish oil has been very helpful to me. I take 2 capsules a day as a preventative--it's also good for lots of other things, like brain, eye, and heart health. When I get a migraine, I take extra fish oil and extra magnesium.

    For me, the most reliable treatment at the very beginning of a migraine (especially if I have a vision disturbance) is 600mg ibuprofen with a cup of hot coffee. Here is info from the National Headache Foundation on using caffeine to treat headaches.

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