Living With: Migraines
Anyone that suffers from migraines understands the profound impact it can have on your daily lives. These excruciating headaches affect millions of people worldwide and can often be debilitating; and while you can of course treat migraines medically, natural healing is also an option to alleviate symptoms.
So what actually is a migraine? Migraines are neurological disorders that present as recurrent headaches. These can feel like an intense throbbing in the head and are often one-sided. These painful headaches can also be accompanied by other symptoms like nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and even visual disturbances. The exact cause is unknown but there are many options available to help ease the pain.
Living with Migraines
The burden of migraines extends beyond the physical pain. Missing work or cancelling social engagements; the limitations that having a migraine can present can be hugely frustrating and disruptive to your life. That is why we think it is crucial to explore treatment options to find relief, and we have personally found solace in the natural healing of a wheat bag.
The Wheat Bag Solution
A wheat bag, also known as ‘Vetekudde’ in Swedish, is a Scandinavian household item, valued for its multifunctional qualities and ability to provide natural pain relief. Typically filled with wheat grains, they can easily be heated in a microwave or oven. The gentle heat can help relax tense muscles when applied to the affected area, improving blood flow and reduce the intensity of pain caused by headaches.
Benefits of Wheat Bags:
1. Muscle Relaxation: The comforting warmth from a wheat bag helps to loosen tight muscles in the shoulder and neck, which are common triggers for migraine headaches.
2. Increased Circulation: Applying heat promotes blood flow, which can be especially helpful in easing the constriction of blood vessels that contribute to migraines.
3. Natural Pain Relief: Wheat bags offer a natural approach to managing migraine pain.
The Aromatherapy of Lavender
Lavender is well known for its calming properties and has been used for centuries as a natural remedy to treat various ailments, including headaches. Lavender's soothing scent helps to calm the mind and reduce stress, which can be beneficial for migraine sufferers, as stress is a common trigger for headaches. Lavender essential oil contains compounds that possess anti-inflammatory properties, potentially helping to reduce headache inflammation.
Combining Wheat Bags and Lavender
The combination of wheat bags and lavender can be an effective tool in managing migraines. Applying a soothing warm wheat bag spritzed with the Lavender Mist can help to release tense muscles and enhance relaxation as well as reduce stress. Living with migraines can be challenging but by embracing this natural duo, you can achieve an improved quality of life and wellbeing.