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Migraine Relief – Take It With A Grain of Salt!

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I’ve been dealing with a pesky virus for the past two weeks.  Not enough to really make me sick, just enough to make me feel unwell.  Since I work at home it wasn’t nearly what it could have been since I’m not going in and out of the weather daily or around other people picking up other viruses and such.

Anyway, everything went crazy for me two days ago.  I spiked a fever, went into a coughing fit (I have COPD, not a surprise) and it was game on… migraine city.  I was a mess.  I haven’t had one in years thankfully and if it’s my last one ever, I will be blessed!

Due to the mess I was in, I wasn’t up to looking up alternative remedies at the time but wanted to arm myself should I have another one.  So here I am, sitting at the computer doing research… looking at various herbs, essential oils, homeopathic remedies.

I find the usuals:

  • Herbal ~ fresh feverfew leaves
  • Essential Oil ~ peppermint
  • Nutritional ~ Magnesium (indicating possible deficiency or temporary dietary change), caffeine
  • Physical ~ massage, reflexology (both as a massage option or for essential oil placement)
  • Homeopathic ~ Belladonna, Nux Vomica

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Along with some new ones like…

  • An ice pack on the head while sitting in a hot bath
  • Putting sliced potatoes across your forehead
  • Rubbing your forehead with a fresh cut lime

As I was going through the many options though, one caught me off-guard.  Salt.  Indicative of a possible deficiency or temporary deficit of sodium.  Sodium, that thing that we try to cut at every opportunity.

I’ll be honest, I’m not a big salt person.  I never really have been.  On the rare occasion I eat potato chips, I look for the ones with the lowest salt.. not for dietary purposes but because they just don’t taste good to me.   I try to get healthy, not a lot of processed foods and I don’t use a lot of salt in my cooking.

That being said, I’ve moved in with a couple of friends of mine and they don’t cook like I do.  They use more salt and more processed foods than I usually do.  As such my sodium  intake has increased.  Well that is until I got sick.  My appetite really hasn’t been normal.  I’ve only been eating once or twice a day, and only my cooking, making for a sudden drop in sodium level… combined with the fever and the coughing fit, it makes perfect sense.

A conclusion that I never would have come to without outside influences.   After all we’ve all seen the coffee and Mountain Dew junkies cut back and suffer mercilessly from the drop in caffeine. It’s the same concept.

Should I have another migraine I will try this one out, hoping not to have to try it out of course.  I will be more mindful of the little things in my diet as well… magnesium, sodium, etc.

What migraine remedies have worked for you?

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Apple Cider Vinegar – A Natural Winner

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Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits:

(or ACV for short….)

  1. Stomach ache – sip on 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with water. Due to its antibiotic properties it will help kill bad bacteria in your tummy. It may even contain pectin, which will soothe intestinal spasms.
  2. Prevents Indigestion – Add 1 teaspoon of honey + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to warm water and drink 30 minutes before you eat.
  3. Soothes Sore throat – Mix 1/4 Warm water with 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar every hour.
  4. Add Shine to hair – It will also clean it and remove build up from hair products and pollution. Fill a cup with 1 cup ACV and 2 cups water. Pour the solution through your hair after shampooing (2-3 times a week)!
  5. Help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol when you drink it regularly.
  6. Use as a facial toner – Mix 1 part ACV with 2 parts water in a water bottle or jug with lid. Shake it up before you use it and pour some on a cotton swab (use after washing your face) and wipe on skin.
  7. Weight Loss – Drinking ACV every day (sipping a drink all day) has been said to speed up metabolism and help you lose weight. Nutritionists also believe that combining Vitamin B6 and Lecithin with Apple Cider Vinegar is what helps.
  8. Helps Body Odor – It helps adjust the skin’s pH level which helps to eliminate odor-causing bacteria. Take a cotton ball filled with ACV and wipe it directly on the part where you can body odor.
  9. Foot Odor – Add 2/3 cup of ACV to a pan with warm water and soak your feet in it for 20 minutes.
  10. Bad Breath – Add 1/2 tablespoon ACV into 1 cup of water and gargle every other day.
  11. Diabetes – helps to control high blood sugar levels.
  12. Cellulite – Mix 3 parts apple cider vinegar with 1 part Vitamin E oil and massage the into the skin two times a day.
  13. Yeast Infections –
    • Add 1 ½ cups apple cider into a bathtub filled with lukewarm water and then soak in it for about 20 minutes. This is done once a day for 3 days.
    • After 3 days of soaking, make a mixture consisting of 1 ½ cups of water and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. This time use as a vaginal douche two times a day for 5 days.
    • After a few days of douching, start to drink a glass of water mixed with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar once a day. This can help prevent the occurrence of yeast infections.
  14. Diarrhea – The pectin in ACV coats the inflamed colon lining. Add 2 tablespoons of ACV vinegar to some water in a large glass – can be taken 3 times a day when you have symptoms.
  15. Acne: Apple cider kills bacteria, helps balance skin pH, and absorbs excessive oil from our skin. Use 1 part vinegar with 3-4 parts water. Apply to the skin using cotton swab and leave for ten minutes then rinse. Use 2 times every day.
  16. Age spots: Blend and drain an onion in a bowl, and mix with an equal amount of ACV. Apply with a cotton swab dipped in the mixture over the spots.
  17. Cleaning House – Mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water and you can use it to clean microwaves, bathroom tiles, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors. The mixture also works as a disinfectant.
  18. Beat the Exhaustion from Working out – When you exercise, lactic acid can build up in the body, causing fatigue. Since ACV has amino acids, it can help reverse this. It also contains potassium and enzymes that can help relieve feeling tired. Try drinking some mixed with water after a workout.
  19. High cholesterol  – A 2006 study showed evidence that vinegar could lower cholesterol
  20. Hiccups – when you have a spurt of those annoying hiccups, drink some ACV with water.
  21. Stuffy Nose – Sip some ACV and water. This helps sinus drainage.
  • Rich in enzymes & potassium
  • Naturally support a healthy immune system
  • Helps control weight
  • Promotes digestion & pH Balance
  • Helps soothe dry throats
  • Helps remove body sludge toxins
  • Helps maintain healthy skin
  • Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Relieves muscle pain from exercise

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