Don't Use Salt for Migraines. Do This Instead.

Salt for migraines?

You've probably seen blog articles or Facebook posts touting salt as a miracle migraine cure. You're supposed to put some salt in a glass of water with some lemon juice and drink it. I'm very skeptical about this purported "cure." To be fair, I haven't tried it. So, I won't say that it absolutely doesn't work.

As far as I can tell, people who propose using salt to stop migraines claim that sodium deficiency leads to migraines. I don't know of any research that suggests this is true. I suppose it could possibly be a culprit in some cases.

Any type of imbalance in your body, including a sodium imbalance, could affect your brain cells and begin the migraine process. But if you look at the typical American diet, it seems very unlikely to me that many of us are suffering from a sodium deficiency. Probably just the opposite -- most of us are getting too much sodium. And too much sodium can raise your blood pressure to unhealthy levels.

I think a lot of people have shared this "salt cure" in a helpful spirit. Migraine pain can be devastating leading to a sense of desperation and willingness to try anything new. But in my research I've also seen a lot of web pages with outlandish claims.

One webpage, for example, tells us:

"This salt can help in reducing migraine’s acting, thus reducing headaches, strengthening the immunity, increasing levels of energy, balancing levels of serotonin in the bloodstream, restoring body’s electrolyte and alkaline balance and so much more."

Now, all that said, I won't deny that it is at least possible that an electrolyte deficiency or imbalance could cause or worsen a migraine. If you don't have blood pressure issues and want to try it, it probably won't hurt. It's probably best to use a high quality salt.

What I Do Instead

Your main focus should be on trying to prevent migraines with natural supplements, prescription medicines, lifestyle changes, etc. Trying to stop a migraine that has already started can be very difficult. There is a home remedy that works, at least sometimes. 

When you have a migraine put an ice pack on your neck. Also put your hands and/or feet in very warm water. Don't hurt yourself, but make the water as warm as you can comfortably stand. This probably won't abort a full-blown migraine, but it might provide some level of relief.

There is a sound explanation for why this works. When you have a migraine headache, the blood vessels in your head and neck dilate. This is one of the main causes of the excruciating pain. The ice pack on the neck can cause the blood vessels to constrict back down to normal and the warm water has the opposite effect on your hands and feet drawing blood to them and away from your neck. 

Let us know what you think! Scroll down to leave a comment.

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  • Jimmy john

    The pink salt helps for me instantly.

  • Oluyemi

    Hi,its 4years now i have been suffering from migraine,please help me where and how can I get this Himalaya salt im really in need of it

  • Angela

    I have always a sodium deficiency, when I suggested it to my doctor they were skeptical and had me do blood work only to show I was right. I get migraines a LOT, but if I catch at it the start and stick some salt under my tongue. It gives the fastest results for stopping an attack. If I know I am going to be highly active or in the heat and will need extra water, I bring some salt rocks (big chunky pink Himalayan is my favorite) and suck on them to balance out my extra water intake.

  • Marie

    Sorry as a migraine sufferer, which is excruciating pain I have to say that Himalayan pink salt has done what nothing else could do for me. My migraines have virtually stopped since using this type of salt instead and when I do happen to have a migraine which can be provoqued by advil and tylenol believe it or not, when I drink salt water (high concentration), great relief is almost instantaneously, though it doesn’t necessarily completely disappear right away. No offense but I think you should not discredit something youve never tried because there is just no word to describe the intensity of the pain of a migraine and so no avenue should be left unexplored.

  • Ruth

    I m really tired if this migraine headache, it’s been on for 5 years now.i m happy to read that salt intake can help.i stopped taking salt a long time ago. I sure will try it out now

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