Natural Ways to Treat Migraines Without Medication

Dodie Dennis is a retired RN with 40 years of experience in nursing and healthcare

Migraine attacks, which according to the Migraine Research Foundation affect 12 percent of people in the United States and are about three times more common in women than in men, can be triggered by changes in the weather, fatigue, stress, anxiety, insufficient sleep, dehydration, and hormonal changes (in women), according to the American Migraine Foundation. Attacks can also be set off by skipping meals, performing strenuous exercise, travel to a higher altitude, and, for some, alcohol or the food additive monosodium glutamate(MSG). Personally I’ve had migraines triggered by exposure to very bright light. No matter the cause, the headaches are often debilitating.

According to the Migraine Research Foundation113 million workdays are wasted annually to migraine and other headaches.

The content of this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult with a qualified health care professional before acting on any information presented herein. Any statements about the possible health benefits of any subject discussed have not been evaluated by medical professionals or the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.

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Vicks VapoRub

The Department of Neurology at Thomas Jefferson University discovered intense pain from migraines was decreased after two hours following the utilization of a menthol gel similar to Vicks VapoRub. 

Peppermint Oil

The calming effects of menthol are also discovered in peppermint essential oils. A homemade mix of peppermint essential oil and water or coconut oil, when used directly to the forehead and temples, reduces pain in 30 minutes to one hour.

Olive Oil

Research by the Divisions of Adolescent Medicine in Providence, RI discovered that olive oil, as well as fish oil, is efficient at reducing the frequency, span, and severity of constant migraines in adolescents. 

The reason behind the benefit of olive oil and fish oil lies in the point that both hold long chains of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, building blocks for hormones that control blood clotting, contraction, and ease of artery walls, and inflammation, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Lavender Oil

Only two drops of lavender in a pot of boiling water can be effective in calming your throbbing migraine. Inhale the lavender vapors and explore relief wash over you.

Research published in European Neurology recommends inhaling lavender essential oil for 15 minutes as an efficient and safe remedy for migraine headaches. It works because lavender has characteristics that reduce anxiety, maintain mood, ease muscle spasms, and decrease hypertension. 


(FACT) The Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy  has discovered that consuming two teaspoons of raw honey during mealtimes can stop migraine attacks. It is also efficient at quelling symptoms.

FACT advises a full tablespoon of honey at the initial sign of migraine symptoms. Honey does not require digestion and absorbs straight into the bloodstream, allowing it to be a quick and efficient treatment. Honey is also calming to the stomach, making it an ideal treatment for people who usually suffer from nausea through a migraine attack.


Flaxseed is a superfood that has been utilized since the time of the ancient Egyptians to manage constipation, hot flashes, and breast pain, as well as elevated cholesterol and migraines, according to

Flaxseed is abundant in fiber and omega-3 essential fatty acids, which increase brain function and reduce the risk of heart disease. Wholesomeone suggests mixing flaxseeds in with a smoothie, oatmeal, or even just with water to receive the benefits. You may be astonished that by introducing flaxseed into your diet, you can reduce the frequency of migraines.

Peanut Butter and Ginger

Using a paste made from peanut butter and grated ginger straight to the temples, the body receives magnesium and arginine.

People who experience migraines frequently have low levels of magnesium, as discovered in a study by the University of Maryland Medical Center, and according to Defy Medical, arginine is a substance precursor to nitric oxide, which serves as a blood vessel-widening agent. Therefore, a mixture of the two can be just the right cocktail to relieve pressure.

Keep in mind practically all diseases and conditions, including cancer, begin with inflammation. This makes any substance that when used correctly (thereby reducing inflammation) an invaluable tool to include in one’s natural Medicine Chest.


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  1. Dodi, my wife is also a retired nurse, 35 years, Scott and White and Methodist Dallas, Cathlab Nurse. She uses Lavender oil a lot. Rubs it on my temple and nose. Trust me, I would be a dead unit by now if not for her. She’s the best. She’s been retired about a year and half now, and we live in what used to be a quiet small town called Granbury.

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    • Phil Strawn – wonderful to hear about you and your wife’s use of essential oils. They’re under utilized by the established medical profession but a huge part of Naturopathic, Holistic and Integrative medicine.
      Happy you and Jack can benefit from having spouses that are Nurses. I hope y’all are enjoying retirement as much as we are. 😊

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      • Thanks Dodi, the retirement days are getting better. Once we get a few medical issues out of the way, we are planning to travel more, back to Ruidoso this summer, Colorado and Padre. If Mo wasn’t a nurse, I wouldn’t be here now. It takes a special person to be one, it’s more of a calling than a job.

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