Bah i’d planned on getting some fresh noodles to write about but I didn’t make it to the store. I guess it’s fate, maybe there’s bugs in it. Two days ago I had a nice big migraine, and then today Hippo and I needed to go back to the hospital for his teeth, which created a bit of a bloody mess. (yeah, both literaly and figuratively)
However instead of that I figured I might post some of my favorite non-medicine remedies for when i’m chained to bed and don’t have pills at my disposal!
Disclaimer though: what works for you is totally personal, migraines are still a very messy subject, there’s no one main cause that’s been found up till now. However these are the general things i’ve tried that work for me as well as some things i’m interested in, they might be worth trying!
I determine where it comes from first, there are two types of migraines for me:
1) with aura
I was told this is neurological, when this happens it boils down to a pill or just laying on my bed and sitting it out.
2) without aura
That’s the good kind! When this happens I try the following:
- When I feel pressure on my neck or belly I put a cherry stone pillow on there, this has actually helped me A LOT!
Often migraines are comparable to a balloon-effect, when there’s an obstruction/inflammation somewhere in the body the veins in the head get more blood, expand, and freak out because of that. So relieving the swelling in my belly then for example will lower the pressure in my head.
This expanding is why I also often get migraines because of alcohol, it immediately widens the veins! That brings me to the second idea:
- Drink coffee.. yea it’s double. For some it causes headaches for some it relieves them. Don’t drink too much or you can get rebound headaches, but a little cafeïne can make the difference for some people because it actually restricts your veins.
- Eat an egg, calcium can help
- Eat a banana, the potassium in this can relieve migraines
- Close your eyes, focus on the point where it hurts and convince yourself the migraine is gone, this helps me fall asleep to sleep it off!
- Drink coconut juice, electrolytes to hydrate the body at lightning speed!
- Put something cold on your brain stem, which is at the base of your skull, it relieves the pain for me
- Take/eat something laxating, obstruction in your tummy can cause serious pressure on veins
- 5 HTP supplement: I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s supposed to be a natural substitute for triptans
- Weed, not saying you should become a stoner but there are a lot of people out there that benefit from a tiny bit of weed
- Apple cider with honey
- Accupuncture, often migraines come from stress, or muscles tightening up as well, you can try to “reset” the energy flow in your body with accupuncture, so many people that swear by this!
- Chiropractor, they can locate a blockage anywhere, not just muscles and bones!
- Feverfew, I have Lindsay to thank for this one! Haven’t tried it yet but looked it up, and it seems to help a ton of people
I’ve heard of friends getting rid of their migraines in several ways, however the official idea is still that they can’t be cured. You can figure out your triggers and pay attention to them though!
Keeping a little food-journal for 2 weeks helped me out a lot.
I’m not be able to ever drink myself into oblivion without a GIANT hangover for example, but meh, I don’t mind! ^_^ and at least I know the consequences when I do LOL!
I hope this helps someone!
Hey if you’re interested, tell me your triggers? I’d love to hear.
As always, don’t forget to enter my giveaway haha! Maybe winning free items relieves some stress?!
It’s painting time again, and studying Lush products in between so busy busy days! However I came across a post on facebook this week that I shared, it was about face mapping.
But I really wanted to go into it a bit deeper!
The fascination with Chinese medicine was passed down to me through my genes so to speak, and i’ve always been a great believer of energy-flow being the base of a healthy organism, and therefore also everything in the body being connected and having an influence on each other.
It’s because of this reasoning that I can see how our general organs can have an influence on the biggest organ we have, our skin!
Face mapping is about mapping the areas where you have problems with your skin, with the intention of developing better insight into what’s causing them.
I truly believe that in a lot of cases it’s the key to not only improving the skin, but also our health overall.
If there’s a blockage going on inside our body, we can’t expect everything to look silky smooth on the outside right!!
I’ll cover a few common ones that I pay attention to below.
Congestion here can mean you need to get a detox in. Toxins aren’t finding a clear exit out of your body, so they’re going for the skin. You could try drinking more water, and light exercising, or simply going on a detox-session for a while!
Less meat, proteins, and alcohol can help with this as well. Although if you’re actually reading my blog, there’s a chance don’t eat meat anyway!
For flakiness in this area, try lubricating your digestive tract. In general that means more fibers and less processed foods.
Another cause for issues in this area is stress though. Maybe a better sleeping-cycle and doing relaxing-exercises will help.
(Easier to say than do, I know I know!)
Hats or greasy hair can cause problems in this area as well.
Try eating less greasy foods.
- Between your brows
Flakiness between your brows, possibly indicates your liver having a hard time. Ingesting things that are hard on your liver like fatty foods, alcohol, chocolate or smoking can be a reason for this.
I used to have continuous problems with this, our mouth-area (even our lips!) mirror our intestine, and the bowel.
What’s really helped me relieve this issue is taking my daily dose of fibers via a supplement with a glass of water in the morning.
Gone oiliness and congestion!
This is a hard one, blackheads don’t necessarily count as they just loooove them some nose. But flakiness for example, could be solved by getting yourself more vitamin B or eating less meat.
In case you’re experiencing a rash on your cheeks, try looking up some breathing exercises to pump more oxygen into your system, it might clear the unevenness!
Some believe there’s a difference between the left and right cheek as well, the left cheek acts up when you’re stressing out, or having liver-issues.
The right one can indicate your body asking for less sugar.
In general, both cheeks can also be a sign of your body asking for less sugar, meat or dairy, or even you having an allergy to something.
I tend to get bumps on my cheeks, right next to my nose, when i’m around cats a lot.
The biggest problem-area for me, this one is directly connected to the kidneys and/or hormonal imbalances. It’s extremely rare for me to get this area to be completely clear.
You can’t always rule out hormone fluctuations, they happen throughout the month. One week your chin can be a beautiful piece of artificial-looking chin, next week the grand canyon.
Stress is also a cause for this area to act up, it helps cause adrenal fatique, so maybe you’re under a lot of stress?
For all of these areas though, try using a face-wash and moisturizer, no joke! In case any males are reading this, you too! You can have a secret cabinet with your own face-product!
With all of the crap that’s in the air these days, water sometimes isn’t enough.
Another general cause for skin-issues is hair products transferring to your face (wax, hairspray or grease etc.) or dirty bed covers. So keep it awaaay from the face!
Two easy things to try out!
Of course we can’t generalize skin issues, flaky cheeks don’t necessarily mean you need more oxygen, or don’t wash your sheets. You may just need to see a dermatologist.
But I think they’re definitely worth looking into though, as it costs nothing and my mouth-area has personally cleared up by paying some attention to my digestion.
Maybe my post will sound a little bell in your head, whenever that spot pops up in the same freaking area AGAIN!