Does the Lemon Juice and Salt Migraine Remedy Work?

Health Professional

Full Question:

I often see people online touting a lemon juice and salt remedy for migraines. It's comprised of 2 teaspoons of Himalayan crystal salt mixed with 1 cup of lemon juice with the lemon zest and 1 cup of water. What's your take on this? Thanks for your time, Alix.

Full Answer:

Dear Alix;

We have no evidence that this works. We've seen this online, and have seen some people claim that it works since salt supposedly reverses dehydration, a known migraine trigger. (see Dehydration – An Avoidable Migraine Trigger) The problem with that line of thinking is that salt doesn't reverse dehydration. The form of salt in the IV fluids used to help reverse dehydration is vastly different from drinking Himalayan crystal salt. Also drinking this much salt so quickly can cause blood pressure levels to spike.

There are also issues with lemon juice. Citrus is a common migraine trigger and can damage to dental enamel if it isn't diluted properly. This isn't the case wiith this so-called migraine remedy.

Finally, there's a possibility that drinking this mixture can cause or increase nausea and vomiting as well as being very hard on the stomach.

All in all, we see a lot potential problems with this suggested remedy and no logical reasons why it would be helpful.

Thank you for your question,
Dave Watson and Teri Robert

About Ask the Clinician:

Questions submitted to our Ask the Clinician column are answered by Dr. David Watson and Teri Robert.

If you have a question, please click** HERE. Accepted questions will be answered by publishing the answers in our column. Due to the number of questions submitted, no questions will be answered privately, and questions will be accepted only when submitted via THIS FORM**. Please do not submit questions via email, private message, or blog comments. Thank you.

**_Please note: We cannot diagnose, suggest specific treatment, or handle emergencies via the Internet. Please do not ask us to diagnose; see your physician for diagnosis._** For an overview of how we can help and questions we can and can't answer, please see _**[Seeking Migraine and Headache Diagnoses and Medical Advice](** _.

We hope you find this general medical and health information useful, but this Q & A is meant to support not replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. For all personal medical and health matters, including decisions about diagnoses, medications and other treatment options, you should always consult your doctor. See full Disclaimer.