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Migraine Relief After Trying Everything Else

Author: Coral S.
Skill: Raindrop Technique
Date: 03-22-2007
Views: 9,751
Word Count: 483
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 1984-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 5

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I have had issues with migraine headaches since childhood. Back then when I had a bad headache my dad would massage my upper back and neck and then twist my head quickly and make my neck crack!

No, he wasn't a chiropractor or a doctor, but from his own experience with stress and tension he knew that's what worked for him. And it actually worked for me then too, much better than all the aspirin I'd been given to take.

I have seen a number of doctors for relief of migraines over the past 15 years with the following results: The first one put me on amitriptyline, calling it a beta blocker. I gained 30 pounds before he let me know it was also an appetite stimulant. The last one was a neurosurgeon, whom gave me a ton of samples of Maxalt, which managed to help get rid of many headaches.

My current doctor continues to offer me that same drug, but he suggested chiropractic work - hooray, a step in the right direction! So, I see a chiropractor, am down to every other week now and expect it to be maintenance soon.

There are a lot of issues with migraines ranging from stress to allergies and I have done a lot of work over the past 3 years to address these. There are also things like making sure the mattress firmness is set for 100.

I like a very firm mattress to help keep my spine in good order. Sometimes I wake up with headaches and it is because the bed has somehow changed to 65 (or some other number than 100) and that's why I will have a headache.

When I started using Young Living oils, one of the first ones purchased was the M-Grain blend, it didn't work and made me nauseous as well. Then I tried the PanAway oil blend, it was a little better, but still didn't work as effectively as hoped for. Then I tried the Relieve It blend with little success.

Then I tried Peppermint - and BINGO! What a relief to find one simple single oil that works to relieve the pain by cooling the areas it's applied to, and calming my nausea and easing tension just by smelling it!

I use Peppermint several times a day on "those" days and it really helps ease migraines - first by relieving head and neck pain, next by improving circulation and then by alleviating the nausea that sometimes happens with these headaches. It just makes me feel so much better, and the headache moves into the background; eventually I realize it's gone.

I feel so much better about using a product that works with my body and doesn't cause the side effects of many medications.

Thank you Young Living!! If at first you don't succeed, keep trying, but never give up!

I hope this helps someone else out there who has the same kinds of issues.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: migraine — "Peppermint and its active ingredient menthol have long been used for the treatment of various pain conditions including headache.... Menthol solution can be an efficacious, safe and tolerable therapeutic option for the abortive treatment of migraine."Link
2.Associated topics: migraine — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
3.Associated topics: migraine — "We report on a patient whose severe post-ECT headaches responded completely to methyl salicylate [wintergreen] ointment, applied to the area of his temporalis and masseter muscles. Topical methyl salicylate is generally well tolerated and may be a viable option for some patients with post-ECT headache."Link
4.Associated topics: migraine — "This controlled study showed for the first time that a 10% peppermint oil in ethanol solution efficiently alleviates tension-type headache. Peppermint oil thus proves to be a well-tolerated and cost-effective alternative to usual therapies."Link
5.Associated topics: nausea-/-queasy — "Ginger root reduced the tendency to vomiting and cold sweating significantly better than placebo did.... Remarkably fewer symptoms of nausea and vertigo were reported after ginger root ingestion...."Link

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