Food as Medicine, POTS nutrition

Natural help for migraines and headaches

headacheIf you suffer from headaches or migraines (and the word “suffer” may be an understatement), here is some good news: There are three natural, easy treatments that excelled when put to the test of randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials.

1. Ginger.

A 2014 study with 100 patients found that 1/8th teaspoon ginger powder worked as well as the migraine drug sumatriptan for controlling migraines, without the bad side-effects. Ginger tea (store-bought or homemade with grated ginger) would be an easy way to get yours. You can read more here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23657930.

2. Saffron.

A 2008 study found that taking 15mg saffron powder twice a day reduced PMS headaches, and boosted mood. You can read more here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18271889

3. Lavender aromatherapy.

In a 2012 study, smelling lavender essential oil was effective for managing acute migraines in 92 out of 129 patients. You can read more here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22517298

An extra perk is healthy side-effects. For example, ginger and saffron are both anti-inflammatory spices, ginger reduces nausea and menstrual cramps, saffron may help prevent Alzheimer’s and depression, and lavender aromatherapy reduces anxiety. As always, check with your doctor before taking anything new. But if you try these, we’d love to hear about your experience. We hope they help!

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