If you want a natural solution to migraine woes like pain, indigestion, mental fatigue, and stress, then look no further than your kitchen cabinet! Here are some surprising beneficial properties of common kitchen spices and sweeteners.
#1- Cinnamon for “brain fog”
Cinnamon is stimulating! In a recent study on memory problems, people who chewed on cinnamon gum scored significantly better on memory tests than people who chewed on plain bubblegum. Experts reason that the scent has a rejuvenating effect on overall cognitive health- a boon for migraine sufferers who experience frequent forgetfulness.
Use it now! Does chewing gum give you a migraine? Use the beneficial properties of cinnamon to your advantage by purchasing a vial of cinnamon oil. Spill a few drops onto a sachet or dilute with water and dab onto your temples, and experience the instant mood-lifting, brain-clearing results!
#2- Basil for stress
When it comes to reducing stress levels, basil is the feel-good herb for migraine patients. Scientists credit its calming attributes to phytochemicals that may lower cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that you produce when you’re under high stress, so cortisol-controlling nutrients like basil may be helpful for promoting a peaceful state of mind and managing migraines triggered by stress.
Use it now! Sprinkle some fresh basil into salad, casseroles, and migraine-friendly pasta dishes for a real boost of flavor and serenity!
#3- Ginger for PMS cramps
Are painful periods the bane of your migraineur existence? Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that scientists believe are helpful for alleviating PMS symptoms like painful tummy-muscle cramps.
Use it now! Make “ginger juice” by grinding fresh raw ginger root and squeezing the pulp through a garlic press, catching the potent extract in a small cup. Add it to tea, lemonade, or carrot salad.
#4- Cloves for sinus headaches
Cloves are helpful for clearing the sinuses of mucus and other irritants, which is a plus for people who suffer from migraines triggered by frequent sinus headaches.
Use it now! Seep a few whole cloves with a cinnamon stick for a spicy tea that’s good for respiratory health.
#5- Brown sugar for healthy weight
Migraine drugs can have many negative side effects, and weight gain is one of them. If you gotta have your sugar with your coffee, then health experts suggest switching from refined white sugar to brown sugar. The richer, stronger taste will satisfy your sweet tooth with less.
Use it now! Sprinkle brown sugar on strawberries with lite sour cream. Try it instead of white sugar in recipes.
#6- Maple for tummy pains
Here’s another great sugar substitute, especially if migraine attacks include indigestion, constipation, and bloating. Maple syrup is a whole, natural food, so using it instead of processed corn syrup or table sugar is a wise choice for optimum digestive health.
Use it now! Maple syrup easily replaces corn syrup, honey, or molasses in recipes. When substituting maple syrup for white sugar, remember to reduce liquids by about ½ cup.
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