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Group active since Fri, Oct 26, 2012

I have suffered from migraines since I was little and so have my mother and my daughters. There are many treatments for migraines.
A migraine is a severe, painful headache that is often preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. The excruciating pain that migraines bring can last for hours or even days.

Ka Garrett
May 28, 2013

Just recovered from one of those buggers

Has this happened to you? Sunday afternoon I walked into church for choir practice and as I got to the choir loft, I was hit right between the eyes by someone's perfume. I got a headache immediately!! (fragrances are my trigger) I had meds and took a some. I don;t like to take them cuz I get a "headache hangover". Monday I was off and on all day with that darn headache...
Okay today though..
Thank you for this group ..

Kimi Gaines
Apr 27, 2013

101 Uses for Coconut Oil by Wellness Mama

Uses for Coconut Oil

In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
Taken supplementally for daily energy.
As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee (The only way I’ll drink coffee)
On the skin as a basic lotion
In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
As an eye-makeup remover
As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
In making your own Remineralizing Toothpaste
To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
To support healthy thyroid function
In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
In homemade lotion recipes
To get rid of cradle cap on baby- just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth
Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
As a delicious tropical massage oil
It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metaboism
A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of friz
As an intensive nighttime facial moisturizer
Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing body scrub (use in the shower)
Rubbed on lips as a natural chap stick
Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
Directly on the perineum to help heal after birth
As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours.
On feet to fight athlete’s foot or tor fungus
In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers
With apple cider vinegar as a natural treatment for lice that actually works
In natural Homemade Sunscreen
In healthy brain boosting snack for kids like Coconut Clusters
In a filling and energy boosting Brain Powder Smoothie
Rub coconut oil on the inside of your nose to help alleviate allergy symptoms
Nursing moms can take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients
There is some evidence that coconut oil helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites or yeast
Mix a tablespoon with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost (do NOT take this at night!)
Can help improve insulin levels
Oil pulling with coconut oil and a drop of oregano oil helps improve gum health
Can help improve cholesterol ratios
Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
In Homemade Natural Bug-Off Lotion Bars
As a replacement for vegetable oils in any recipe
Better for high-temperature cooking than olive or vegetable oils
Can help reduce appearance of varicose veins
After initial heat is gone, can help speed healing of sunburn
Is an immediate source of energy when eaten and isn’t stored as fat
As a natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora
As a naturally antibacterial skin cream
In natural homemade diaper cream
As a natural shave cream and after shave lotion
When used consistently on skin it can help get rid of cellulite
To season cast iron skillets
It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis
Can reduce the itch of mosquito bites
Can help resolve acne when used regularly
Can be rubbed into scalp daily to stimulate hair growth
I’ve used in kids ears to help speed ear infection healing
On split ends to de-frizz
A small amount can be rubbed into real leather to soften and condition (shiny leather only… test a small area first)
By itself as a great tanning oil
Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
Can help speed weight loss when consumed daily
Can help improve sleep when taken daily
Can be used to speed healing of fungal infections when taken internally and used externally
A tablespoon melted into a cup of warm tea can help sooth a sore throat
To help sooth the itch of chicken pox or poison ivy
It has been shown to increase absorption of calcium and magnesium
Internally as part of the protocol to help remineralize teeth
Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety
By itself as a natural deodorant
By itself or with baking soda as a naturally whitening toothpaste
For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
Some evidence suggests that the beneficial fats in coconut oil are helpful for those with Autism
In homemade vapor rub
As a safe cooking oil for deep frying
A tablespoon taken before each meal can help improve digestion
Can be taken in warm ginger tea to sooth heartburn or nausea
As a completely natural baby lotion
On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
Mixed with catnip, rosemary or mint essential oils as a natural bug repellent
Can be used on mom’s nipple and baby’s mouth to help treat thrush
Many use it as an anti-aging facial moisturizer
Use to make coconut cream concentrate for a brain boosting snack
Can be used internally and externally to speed recovery from UTIs
When taken regularly, it can help fight candida
When taken regularly, it can boost hormone production
Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids when used topically
Can boost circulation and help those who often feel cold
On cuticles to help nails grow
Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
Add to smoothies to give them a nutritional boost
Internally during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development (especially when taken with Fermented Cod Liver Oil)
In any recipes where vegetable oils are used
Whipped with shea butter for a soothing body balm
One reader swears by using coconut oil to treat yeast infection. She suggests soaking a tampon in it and inserting the tampon for a few hours.
Naturally clears up cold sores
Ingesting coconut oil daily can help with allergy symptoms
Ingesting coconut oil daily can increase mental alertness

Tina *****
Apr 10, 2013

how are things going?

I hope things are going well. I have not heard much from this group lately. I hope things are going ok for everyone. I am about the same. Still have some headaches. Partially right now due to allergies, but still facing other problems. There is a lot of great info on this site.

Tina *****
Nov 24, 2012


How is evryone out there? I have not seen much activity here lately. So I thought I would start a discussion to say hello.

JoSele Swopes
Oct 27, 2012

Migraine Headache Diary

Print this migraine headache diary and use it to keep track of your headaches or migraines.

This is the web site so you can save it to your documents and keep a headache diary folder.


JoSele Swopes
Oct 27, 2012

Cluster or Migraine: What’s the Difference?

Sometimes in the past the two have been used interchangeably. Or sometimes, just based on imprecise information. For example, sometimes people think of any bad headache as a "migraine headache", or think of certain types of pain as a "cluster headache".
There is a table on this site that gives you the difference between the two and the symptoms of both..

Migraine vs Cluster

Key differences

You can see highlighted some of the key differences between migraine and cluster. Cluster headaches come on faster and leave quicker than migraine attacks. It’s unusual for a migraine attack to last less than 4 hours, and unusual for a cluster attack to last more than 3 hours.

Another key difference – migraine patients tend to avoid light and movement. They’ll often go lie down in a dark room.

That’s the last thing a cluster patient wants to do – good luck getting them to lie down! They become restless and may rock or pace.

But the last highlighted item is especially key. Clusters get their name not from where the pain is or what it feels like, but from the cycles of pain.

You’re not going to get just one cluster headache. You’ll get several in a series – maybe one a day, or several a day, regularly. This can go on for weeks and even months, but then completely disappear for months or years.

Sad to say, there are also chronic cluster headache sufferers who have no periods of remission (as this recent news story on cluster headache illustrates).


JoSele Swopes
Oct 27, 2012

Top Headache Home Remedies

#1 Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy isn't mentioned first because it's the best, but because you can use it with so many other therapies.

First, make sure you're using a pure essential oil (a lot of what is called aromatherapy is actually aromachology. Learn the difference!) Look for scents that are well known as headache killers - peppermint, sandlewood (my favourite), lavender, and eucalyptus. Try using these scents (or mixtures) in a diffuser - let the scent diffuse for 15 minutes at a time.
Certain oils can be used on the temples to relax the muscles and calm the headache. This study of essential oils for headache suggested that peppermint and eucalyptus oils were excellent.

For more on how to use aromatherapy, read Investigate aromatherapy for headache...

#2 Pressure/Massage
Pressure or massage on various parts of the body can do wonders to relieve headache. Here are a few tips:
•Use one of the above essential oils an drub it into your temples (note: some essential oils can burn - do your research first!).
•Foot massage: You'd be amazed at what a foot massage can do to instantly lessen head pain. Though I'd think twice before spending my money on reflexology, a simple massage with your thumbs or a simple foot massager like this can make a big difference in your day.
•Head massage: For some types of headaches, this type of massage can relax the muscles and release the pain. Try doing your own massage with your finger tips. Or, have a friend or masseuse help you.
•Headband: Believe it or not, wrapping a towel or bandana tightly around your head is a time-honoured treatment for migraine (Mexico even has a national hero who used it!). You can use dry material, or soak it first, applying a few drops of essential oil if you've found one you like.
#3 Quick eats
Although we're not talking a lot about foods in this article, there are a few very quick headache home remedies related to food that are worth mentioning:
•Eat 12 almonds: The best are raw almonds - watch out for the flavoured roasted kinds, which may contain MSG! Eating a few almonds can regulate your blood sugar and even kill the pain - almonds are known as a natural pain killer! A few people with migraine find almonds to be a trigger - but if that's not the case with you this could be one of the best headache home remedies, especially early in an attack.
•Spoonful of honey: Again, a trick to get some sugar in your blood. The Definitive Guide to Headaches recommends one spoonful, waiting half an hour, then taking another with 3 glasses of water if the headache is still there.
•Water: Speaking of water, getting dehydrated is a common trigger when it comes to headaches. Drink a large glass of water, then start sipping on another.
•Ginger: Ginger, ginger tea or candied ginger is not only a headache remedy, it can also fight nausea that comes with many migraine attacks. Many headache home remedies include ginger in various forms.
•Caffeine: Caffeine can both cause and kill a headache. Some people find that a can of Coke or cup of strong coffee will kill their headache. But beware - try caffeine too often and you may make the problem worse! If the headaches keep coming back, see a doctor.
#4 The Compress
A compress is usually some kind of soft material held against the skin for a period of time. For example, a hot towel can be a compress. But actually, a compress can be hot or cold or wet or dry.
Now that you know some of the secrets of aromatherapy, you can use what you know to make your own compress. Compresses are fantastic, inexpensive and easy headache home remedies, and you can customize them to be exactly the way you want them. For example, soak a towel in hot water with a few drops of your favourite essential oils.

Besides what we've talked about above, other common herbs for compresses include: chamomile, rosemary, parsley, ginger, and marjoram. You can use hot water and a towel, or chill the towel in the fridge. You could also apply an ice pack to the compress.

Try a ginger compress: Cut and peel one ginger root and boil in 3 cups of water, until the water becomes cloudy. Soak a washcloth in the mixture, and apply to your neck or forehead.

Vinegar compress: Soak a towel or wash clothe with vinegar. Chill in the fridge, then apply to the forehead.
#5 Cold/Heat
Of course we've already talked about warm and cool compresses. Ice packs, hot water bottles, compresses, and so on, are very common and helpful headache home remedies.

But they don't work the same way for everyone. Here are some different things to try:

If you've tried cold, try heat. Or vice versa. Some people find that alternating cold and heat helps.

Try a warm pack on your abdomen, or even on your feet, for headache pain.

There are other ways to warm or cool one part of your body, including a foot bath or even putting your hands in warm/hot water.
#6 Breath
Breathing exercises are very useful and easy headache home remedies. Sit upright in a comfortable chair. Take slow, deep breaths, counting to 5 as you inhale, then again as you exhale. Also, try breathing more deeply - from the abdomen, breath in as much air as you can, then exhale all the way.

WebMD has more tips for breathing exercises here.
#7 Distraction
It may surprise you, but using "distraction" as a headache treatment is a well studied remedy. For example, a study published in Current Biology pointed out that there are biological changes that actually take place in your body when you're distracted from the pain. Read more in Distraction: It's not all in your head!
Now, try doing something that distracts you. Listen to music, or an interesting podcast, or read a book. Go for a walk, talk to a friend. Whatever you're able to do that distracts you from the pain.
#8 Neck rolls and stretches

Neck exercises are well known as headache remedies, especially if you have neck pain as well.

Simple, slow stretching movement with the neck can go a long way. Don't overdo it!

Keeping your head straight, try slowly turning your head all the way to the right, wait 10 seconds, then to the left. Repeat. Then try moving downward, hold, then look up, holding again.

Read a few more tips in Exercises to Stretch the Neck.

Visit the Migraine Association of Ireland for even more headache home remedies.

JoSele Swopes
Oct 27, 2012

Menstrual Migraines & Diet

Many women suffer from migraines related to hormonal changes during their menstrual cycle. Dietary factors can play a role in triggering and increasing the severity of migraines related to your menstrual cycle. Nutritional stores can fluctuate during the female hormonal cycle, increasing your risk of developing migraines or intensifying the headache.

Certain foods and additives trigger migraine headaches. Red wine, monosodium glutamate or MSG, caffeine, foods with tyramine, such as aged cheese, nitrates and nitrites, along with artificial sweeteners can trigger migraine headaches. Avoiding these foods during your ovulation period as well as the week before your menstrual cycle starts can lessen the severity or prevent the migraine from occurring, according to registered dietitian Leslie Beck.

Dietary Changes
Diet changes can be used to increase the intake of certain foods to promote a balance in your hormones to lessen hormonal shifts that promote headaches when your period begins. Nurse practitioner Marci Holmes suggests moderately increasing your intake of phytoestrogens to promote a better progesterone-to-estrogen ratio. Including soy foods, such as tofu, commercial vegetarian foods and flax seeds can provide you with weaker estrogens to balance out the higher progesterone levels experienced right before your period begins. Holmes also recommends increasing your intake of essential fatty acids and fiber to improve hormonal ratios to lessen the frequency of migraine headaches associated with your menstrual cycle.

Certain supplements can help decrease the pain or forestall the migraine if you catch it as it begins. Holmes states bitterbur and feverfew have been used for thousands of years by herbalists to treat migraine headaches in females. Vitamin B-2 has been demonstrated to decrease the frequency of migraine headaches. Taking a B complex vitamin can increase your B-2 levels and help you manage migraine frequency and severity, according to Holmes.

Low levels of the mineral magnesium have been linked to migraine headaches in females. When your menstrual cycle starts, magnesium levels can fall. Increasing your intake of magnesium in the form of a multivitamin can lessen the frequency of migraine headaches. As much as a 50 percent decrease can occur, according to Holmes. Dr. Mildred Seelig has researched the connection of magnesium, estrogen and migraine headaches. She found that magnesium deficiency in menstruating women can lead to an increase in serotonin release, which increases spasms in the brain in migraine suffers. Migraine sufferers seem to have veins that react more unfavorably to the serotonin, leading to blood vessel constriction that causes migraines.

Migraine Cycles
If migraines occur at different stages of your cycle, keeping notes about when they occur can help you develop a plan of action. Premenstrual and ovulation-stimulated migraines may be related to a drop in progesterone levels. Holmes suggests using a progresterone cream to boost levels. Massage it into the skin of your neck, chest, arms or thighs. During menstruation, estrogen levels decline, and boosting your intake of phytoestrogens and isoflavones may lessen migraines triggered by low estrogen.