8 Natural Remedies for Migraineurs with Allergies and Asthma

Happy Spring! The warm weather is coming, and we’re headed into a difficult season for migraineurs.  Last week, we talked about some research behind the connection between allergies, asthma, and migraines. This week, I’d like to review the top 8 things you can do right now, from home, to help you manage symptoms and possibly reduce some of your symptoms. 

1.       Trigger Identification

Food allergies are a genuine concern for migraineurs, as are seasonal allergies. Start an electronic or handwritten journal to track your exposure and reaction to all common triggers. Be sure to include the date, time, and source of the trigger. You can also do a food sensitivity test to help you find your hidden triggers. Click here to order.

2.       Steam Treatments

If you have a small bathroom, you can simply let the hot water run in your shower with doors and windows closed to build up the steam.  You could also boil a pot of water with mint oil or leaves and lean over to breathe in the vapor by placing a towel or cloth over your head.

3.       Humidifiers

Dry air can make wheezing much worse and irritate the airways even further. If you live in a dry climate, a humidifier may help reduce symptoms. 

4.       Air Filtration

Check your home air filter and change it out regularly with one that helps block allergens from getting through. More often than not, the home filter is the reason for so many allergy and asthma attacks. As we’ve seen, breathing problems and vessel constrictions can also lead to migraines, so remember to “clear the air” in your home monthly.

5.       Stress Management

Stress is a huge factor in both asthma and migraine attacks. With both, you double the risk. Find ways to reduce stress levels. That can take a hundred different forms, from exercising more to saying goodbye to toxic people and habits. 

6.       Yogic Breathing Techniques

Yoga has been around for thousands of years. Characterized by deep, rhythmic breaths, yogic breathing techniques help reduce wheezing and breathing difficulties associated with asthma. Additionally, yoga is a powerful stress management tool and an active part of many successful migraine regimens.

7.       Herbs and Supplements

Whether you add them to your food or take them as a supplement, certain herbs and minerals can help manage allergies, asthma, and migraines. These include turmeric, garlic, omega-3, butterbur, local honey, magnesium, licorice root, echinacea, rosemary, stinging nettle leaf, and many more.  Magnesium and butterbur are most effective because they both dilate airways and relax the muscles.

8.       Dietary Changes

You are what you eat; it’s that simple. If you don’t get this part under control, there’s a slim chance anything else will work. Try a keto-friendly diet or start with the elimination diet to figure out what’s causing the problems. Find alternatives to your favorites foods that could be triggering and talk to someone about your goals. If you tell people what you’re trying to do, they’ll likely want to help. 

Please check out my blog for more information on these topics. I’ve spent years building an abundant resource for migraineurs and caregivers, and I’m always looking for input from readers like you.  Remember, you’re not alone.  You don’t have to be close-by to get the help you need from someone you can trust.  Read more about what it’s like to work with me.

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Sources:

Medical News Today: Home Remedies for Wheezing

Green Mountain Natural Health: Natural Asthma Treatment in Vermont

Healthline: 13 Natural Remedies for Asthma