A couple of years ago one of our young grandsons was being challenged with migraine headaches. They were severe to the extent that he was missing a lot of school. He was at risk of being held back in his grade because of inadequate attendance. My daughter researched every possible option of relieving the headaches that appear with an unknown cause. If he took some an over the counter headache remedy at the onset he could generally overcome a headache. However, if the onset occurred while he was at school that was impossible.
By the next school year, she had come up with a couple of solutions. Fluorescent lighting is one of the triggers, so he requests to sit near a window with natural light. This reduces the effects of the fluorescent lighting. She found a possible second solution she hoped would work. She combined some essential oils in a roller bottle for easy application. He can take his roll-on to school and does not need a nurse’s permission to use it. At a headache onset, he rolls the oils over his temples, across his forehead and the back of his neck. It has been a success!
*Nanette Herbert’s essential oil formula for Mason’s migraines – 5 drops peppermint, 5 drops lemon and 5 drops of lavender in 1 oz of olive oil as the carrier oil. Mason has very sensitive skin, so this should be “safe” for most skin types. However, peppermint is a “hot” oil so use cautiously until you see how your skin reacts. This is also for a 12 year- old (10 when he began using the roll-on) so for an adult, we might suggest a more potent recipe.
A recent second exposure we had to essential oils was a nice bottle of lavender essential oil that we found on our pillows when staying at a 5-star resort early last fall. The instructions were to apply at our temples and/or back of the neck. We tried it and slept like babies for the whole week! Because of the experience we have invested in a lavender spritz. We also invested in a couple of different lavender based essential mixes that we use in a diffuser each night. We find we fall to sleep quicker, rest better and feel more refreshed with the lavender essential oil usage.
Sleep and good quality sleep is important as that is the time when our bodies regenerate. If you currently use a drug to fall asleep you may want to try this remedy: *1 drop of lavender essential oil with 1 teaspoon of fractionated (liquid) coconut oil – massage over your abdomen (most absorbent part of your body) before going to sleep. (recipe from The HEALING POWER of ESSENTIAL OILS BY Eric Zielinski, D.C. )
After attending an online seminar by Eric Zielinski, D.C. we incorporated a few other essential oils usages into our home and everyday life. As a SAF Practitioner, I also decided I need to learn more about the oils and their effects on our moods and medical condition as they are often recommended as part of the therapy for my clients. Since each of us is biochemically different there is no exact science or perfect solution in essential oil usage for everyone for one specific condition. However, through shared experiences on this blog, it is my hope that we can come up with possible solutions that may help better the lives of some of our blog viewers.