As if period cramps, mood swings and insomnia wasn’t enough during our monthly cycle. Some of us unlucky ones also have to deal with menstrual migraines or hormonal headaches. Just like all the other symptoms we women endure, this is likely to stop you in your tracks.
You might reach for paracetamols and dive deep under the covers, however, more people are looking for natural alternatives. It is these natural alternatives that we are going to discuss in this blog post. So next time a menstrual migraine hits, you can carry on with your life, knowing that you can get the pain under control, naturally.
Why do you get menstrual migraines just before your period?
Menstrual migraines are tied to changes in your hormone levels which occur just before your period starts. Estrogen and progesterone drop off before the very start of your period, which is when it is most likely for one of these hormonal headaches to occur. However, some people even experience them in the first 3 days of their period.
How to naturally beat menstrual migraines
Avoid food triggers
If you are prone to migraines anyway, then a menstrual one is more likely to be on the cards for you. Make sure you avoid certain trigger foods leading up to your period and in the first few days. Common trigger foods include:
- Chocolate (sorry!)
- Cheeses such as feta, cheddar, and Swiss
- Red wine (sorry again!)
- MSG foods
- Processed foods
- Ice cream and cold drinks
- Pickled foods
The best thing to do to find your trigger is to keep a food diary. When you suffer from a migraine look back at the diary to see what could have triggered it, alongside your hormone changes.
CBD is a natural way to help with menstrual migraines. It isn’t a new method either, people have been using it for thousands of years. There are studies in the pipeline, however, we hear some great anecdotal evidence from people who have tried the cannabinoid to help with their headache.
Some have said that it helps to ease the pain as well as shorten the attacks. The Wellbeingblogger wrote: “The discomfort doesn’t go away completely, but I can at least function properly and finish my working day without feeling strongly nauseated and sick. That is already a massive big win because menstrual migraines are incredibly horrible and debilitating!”
CBD oil can be easily taken using a dropper under the tongue. We suggest that you take half a pipet of Our Remedy to start with, then increase as you work out your tolerance.
This is a practice that involves applying pressure to specific parts of the body to help with symptoms. This has even been found to help relieve migraine-associated nausea. For a migraine, one place to try is applying pressure to the L1-4 point, which is between the base of your thumb and forefinger. Find the space on your left hand and apply pressure to it using your right.
Ginger is well known to help ease nausea that you might feel if you are suffering from menstrual migraine. Try a knob of ginger in hot water or a ginger tea. It’s lovely and warming too!
Do you suffer from hormonal headaches? They really can cause you to be a much less functioning, if at all functioning, human being! What is your go-to natural remedy for menstrual migraines?