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If you are a victim of frequent migraines and headaches, you may be actively looking for a remedy to relieve your pain. Knowing what is triggering your headaches and migraine attacks, you may be able to determine what types of self-care can prevent them.

According to the WHO, tension headaches affect more than half of all women and more than a third of all men and are caused by tight muscles in the shoulders, neck, scalp and jaw, which in turn are caused by stress, depression, anxiety and fatigue.

Migraine attacks can be triggered by changes in the weather, fatigue, stress, anxiety, insufficient sleep, dehydration and hormonal changes (in women). Attacks can also be triggered by skipping meals, doing strenuous exercise, traveling to higher altitudes, and using alcohol or the food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG) in some people.

Not all headaches or migraine attacks can be avoided, but using these home remedies regularly can improve your quality of life. Here are five home remedies to help you manage the pain.

  1. Eat regularly and avoid dehydration

Skipping meals or spending too many hours in between is a common trigger for migraines. While it is good to plan healthy meals and snacks, consuming them regularly will result in more energy and potentially fewer headaches or migraines. Mild to moderate dehydration can also trigger a migraine attack or headache. So get into the habit of having water available to drink at all times, especially during exercise. Also, watch out for foods that can trigger migraines, such as MSG, alcohol, caffeine, or dairy products.

  1. Use essential oils

Researchers believe that some essential oils have anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, analgesic (pain reliever), and mood stabilizing properties that can be useful for preventing and treating migraines. Some of the best-studied essential oils for this purpose include lavender, basil, and peppermint.

  1. Drink coconut and mineral water

Mineral water and coconut water are natural remedies for dehydration and relieve headaches associated with dehydration. They are natural sources of electrolyte without the added sugar or artificial sweeteners found in many commercial electrolyte drinks.

  1. Take magnesium supplements

Magnesium relaxes blood vessels and can reduce headaches. It can be given intravenously to stop a migraine or severe tension headache in minutes. Taking an oral magnesium citrate supplement can help prevent headaches. It is best taken at bedtime.

  1. Take CoQ10 supplement

Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, is a substance naturally produced by the body that helps convert food into energy and acts as a powerful antioxidant. Taking CoQ10 supplements has been shown to be effective in preventing migraines. As with other migraine preventives (like riboflavin), CoQ10 is far less likely to cause side effects than prescription drugs. They are available in health food stores.

  1. Have some ginger tea

Ginger root contains many beneficial compounds, including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances. One study showed that 250 mg of powdered ginger was just as effective as the traditional headache medication sumatriptan in reducing migraine pain. In addition, ginger helps reduce nausea and vomiting, common symptoms associated with severe headaches. You can take the ginger powder in capsule form or prepare a strong tea with fresh ginger root.