Migraine update: Essential oils for migraines, cluster headache vs. migraine, and migraine hangover

essential-oils-for-migrainesAn estimated 37 million people in the United States suffer from migraines, which are recurrent throbbing headaches that typically affect one side of the head. Migraines are considered a primary headache disorder that can last anywhere from two to 72 hours. Having headaches can affect a person’s quality of life, which is why learning how to treat and avoid them can be of great benefit. This is why we at Bel Marra have taken the time to compile a list of your more informative articles on the subject.

Essential oils for migraines and headaches

While some people may suffer from an occasional headache or migraine, for others, the pain can be chronic and they might not be aware that there are essential oils for migraines.


Most people who get a headache or migraine reach for quick and easy solutions like ibuprofen. Before long, the pain is gone. Sadly, about four million Americans suffer from chronic migraines, and this solution just doesn’t work for most. Research, including anecdotal evidence, suggests that you can use essential oil for migraine relief.
One of the benefits beyond treating the actual pain is that the essential oils for migraines don’t have a long list of side effects. Continue reading…

migraine-light-expoMigraine sufferers find light exposure uncomfortable

Suffering from migraine headaches can ruin a person’s entire day. They are often throbbing, pulsing, or feel like an incredible pain sensation lasting for several hours. When a migraine headache does strike, sufferers often try to find a quiet place—preferably one that’s dimly lit—to help ease their excruciating pain.

A retreat into darkness

It is darkness and the avoidance of bright lights that many migraine sufferers rely on. In fact, it is recommended behavior by medical professionals. This connection between light sensitivity on the exacerbation of migraine symptoms has been very much a mystery. Continue reading…

cluster-headacheA cluster headache vs. migraine: Understanding the difference in causes, symptoms, and treatment

Cluster headaches and migraines both cause pain, but they are two different conditions. A cluster headache is a headache that occurs several times in a day, and it is short in length and very painful. Cluster headaches may only affect one side of the head and pain is usually felt around the eyes.

Cluster headaches can occur at any time of day, but they typically occur or worsen in the fall or spring months (during seasonal changes). Cluster headaches can last for days or months and then go into remission so a person doesn’t experience them for quite some time.

Cluster headaches affect one in every 1,000 people and occur in men more than women. A person who suffers from cluster headaches can experience them up to three times a day. Continue reading…

weight-migraineYour weight affects migraine frequency: Study

Getting a splitting headache can ruin anyone’s day, and there is no other group of people knows this more than those afflicted by migraine headaches. There are several triggers and risk factors for a migraine, and your current weight plays a key role, according to a new study.


Migraine headaches affect nearly 12 percent of U.S. adults and can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It can also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting, and an extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can cause head pain for several hours to multiple days, and it becomes quite debilitating. Some individuals may experience an “Aura” before a migraine headache starts, acting as a sort of warning sign. Auras are described as visual disturbances, like a flash of light or wavy vision. Continue reading…

how-to-get-rid-of-a-migraine-hangoverHow to get rid of a migraine hangover (postdrome) headache

A migraine hangover, or migraine postdrome, can occur after you experience a migraine and could be almost as debilitating as the pain itself. Most people who suffer migraines will feel the postdrome almost immediately after the pain subsides, and symptoms can last for up to 48 hours. Continue reading to learn what a migraine hangover feels like, the symptoms associated with one, and how to treat or avoid them. Continue reading…

Related: Ocular migraine (retinal migraine): Causes, symptoms, and treatment


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