Migraines and headaches come very often for me- living in Kansas as I do. Most people who I know experience them rather often. I tend to get them the most often at the beginning and end of each season. Thankfully, most of my headaches don’t progress to a serious migraine save a couple times a year now that I focus on eating minimally-processed food most of the time.
However, last week, I had two pretty bad days of migraine symptoms. I didn’t really know what to use because ibuprofen used to be my go-to for any pain (I still have it though am trying to not use it again)… but I have a two big problems with ibuprofen :
- It isn’t cruelty-free. OTC (over-the-counter drugs) are tested on animals, and the ibuprofen liquid gels contain gelatin (i.e. waste body parts from animals such as joints, cartilage, etc.)
- It is awhile after I take the pills that it finally starts to help
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and am not recommending medical treatment to anyone. This post is based solely on my own personal experience with my body and what makes me feel best.
I had began buying a small supply of supplements to use during my monthly menstrual cycle, but I decided to go ahead and try using them to beat my migraine. Here’s what I’ve used for a quick fix:
-1 hesperidin (or bio-flavonoid) pill
Hesperidin is a plant chemical that helps your circulatory system. Hesperidin is found in the peel of oranges and other citrus fruits. I take it in pill form and the bottle is labeled “Bio-Rutin”.
-2 Calcium Magnesium Zinc pills
Magnesium is known to help with general muscle relaxation, and it works best in combination with calcium and zinc.
-20 drops of liquid feverfew
Used in many countries throughout history to treat all types of inflammatory conditions, feverfew is the original “aspirin”.
-A cup of coffee 😀
Caffeine can be a great help to stop migraines in general, but I decided to include coffee to use the stimulant effects of caffeine to more quickly absorb my supplements.
10 minutes after taking these things, no more pain for the rest of the evening! 😀 I haven’t had a chance yet to use this method to stop menstrual cramps but I will get to try it soon.
Do your research before ingesting ANYTHING new to your body, but there are a great many herbs and plant-based supplements out there that have been used to treat pain since way before Advil or Tylenol or Motrin were dreamt up. They are worth learning about! 🙂