I get headaches and migraines quite frequently. Generally I notice symptoms appearing after exercise or high-stress events. And annoyingly, the only thing I can do in these situations is try to treat the pain and go to bed. I’ve wasted so many days… but when you have a migraine headaches all you want to do is hide from the world and wait until the pain passes (preferably in a very dark room with no interruptions).
And I am far from alone in my headachy world.
My mum suffered from 3-4 day migraines all through her 40s and 50s and no amount of medical poking and prodding got to the bottom of it. Weirdly though, the migraines are gone. But she’s now plagued with “after shocks” from the effects of past migraines. In short, her brain is scarred.
So what are the most common triggers of migraine headaches? According to neurologist and headache specialist Sara Crystal from Cove (a healthcare company that provides prescription treatments for migraine sufferers), the most common triggers are stress, changes in sleep cycle, hormonal imbalances, and caffeine overuse.
But another major cause of migraines comes down to good old genetics. Which is why there is no one-size-fits all approach to treating migraines.
However, while there might not be a magic cure-all, Dr Crystal does believe that natural remedies do have a place in the treatment of migraines, particularly Peppermint essential oil.
In a 2015 study there was even the suggestion that a topical massage to the temples and forehead of menthol based gels and essential oils help to significantly reduce a headaches intensity.
If you’re sensitive to Peppermint oil (remember - this is a “hot” oil), use a carrier oil, or add a drop to a fragrance free natural moisturiser and massage into the temples and forehead in a circular motion. I personally always use a carrier oil with Peppermint.
Another way to use Peppermint essential oil it to place a few drops either on a tissue or in a diffuser and inhale deeply. This is a great option for people with skin sensitivities and children.
So while there is not a one-size-fits all approach to treating migraines, using Peppermint oil will help to relieve some of the symptoms and discomfort associated with them.
For myself, I will often use Peppermint oil or the PastTense Roll On blend (contains peppermint) on my temples, and the Ice Blue Athletic Rub on my problem neck and shoulder areas - where my headaches usually stem from.
I’ve personally noticed I’m able to reduce the time it takes for my headaches to calm and instead of being reduced to a ball for a whole day, I’m up and about within a few hours (this is a massive improvement for me!).
If you suffer from headaches or migraines, or you know someone who does, I would highly recommend giving either straight Peppermint essential oil, PastTense or the Ice Blue blends a try.
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