Thursday, January 5, 2012

You sniffed WHAT up your nose??

Yes, Cayenne pepper. I had heard from a friend back in Utah that you could sniff a tiny bit of cayenne powder and it would cure a headache. I never tried it there because I typically only get migraines when I am not pregnant and I heard this while I was pregnant with Leo. Two summers ago, I began to have at least 1 migraine a month(usually the day before my period). It was miserable. I had some Zomig which is a prescription migraine medicine but sometimes it seemed as if the meds gave me worse feelings than the migraine. A couple months ago, I began to get migraines again. I am guessing my body is trying to get back into ovulation mode and my hormones are causing them. Well, again I used a Zomig but was completely out of it the next day. I felt like I had been beat up. You see, when you take a prescription migraine medicine, it first tightens everything before it releases and makes your pain go away. At least this is how I feel it. I got a new prescription for relpax which I took in college because I remembering it being more mild on my body. So the week of Christmas, I started to feel a migraine coming on in the middle of the night. I was no nervous about taking the prescription medicine that I decided it couldn't hurt to try this cayenne up-the-nose thing. I dipped my pinky in my new packet of cayenne and sticking it half way up my nose, I sniffed deeply. BURNING! Haha. Yes, at first I thought that this might be along the lines of stepping on some one's foot to distract them form their headache but then 15 minutes later, it was gone! No muscle weakness involved. When I got another migraine at my parents house a few days later, I put on my robe, and scoured my mom's spice rack at 1am. I found some new cayenne pepper and did the same thing. I even did fewer flecks of the pepper to minimize the burning in the nose effect. Again, it was gone in less than 20 minutes. Two successes in one week sold me. I am a cayenne convert. I actually have a small headache now and I think I will try it to see if it works on all of my headaches.

Here are some links about Cayenne pepper and headaches. When I looked it up, I found that many people advocate mixing it in water and drinking it. Very good information for people who suffer from headaches but prefer to use more natural remedies. So who will be brave and try it out? I would love to see posts in my comments if any of you try it and it works for you. Good luck!


J & J said...

I am more than willing to try this out. I'll let you know next time I have a raging headache and I use it. Thanks for a good resource. Excited to try something other than medication.

Arual said...

I guess I need to give this a try! I've had migraines for years and usually handle them by drinking a coke and resting in a dark room with an ice pack over my eyes (and along my jaw, if it's joining the party).

Recently I tried massaging a rosemary-oregano-olive oil blend into my temple and that seemed to help, but if it doesn't work in the future.... cayenne will get it's turn.

Kate said...

My roommate gets bad migraines and I told her about this. She's a little wary, but willing to try it. I'll let you know how it goes.

my name is megan said...

I just did it and it worked. It was intense for about 5 minutes but totally worth getting rid of that miserable migraine, which usually lasts 24 hours!