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Uncomfortable Head Pressure During Air Travel

Author: Kirstie Y.
Skill: Nurse
Date: 01-08-2012
Views: 3,345
Word Count: 358
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 6720-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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I had occasion to fly from Launceston to Brisbane on a whirlwind visit for a friend's funeral a week ago. I had one of my children with me, who developed a bit of a cold during our 36 hours away.

On the return flight, with a stopover in Melbourne, he experienced excruciating head pain because of blocked sinuses and ears that wouldn't pop. I had him smelling Peppermint oil from the bottle (I was reluctant to put it on neat, as it is so strong) and I put the Release oil blend around his ears. I also bought chewing gum at the Melbourne airport, but nothing helped.

As it turned out I was already scheduled to return to Brisbane with 3 children yesterday. By now my 8 year old son wasn't feeling his best. Whilst I had managed to stop the boys from becoming really unwell, I was a bit concerned about how they would be on the plane.

In the meantime, I read a testimonial on this website and saw that she successfully used Peppermint for sinus pain on airplanes. So I made up a mix of 50:50 V-6 carrier oil and Peppermint oil, enough for the 3 boys, or so I thought.

As the plane was preparing to take off, one of my sons helped himself to the preparation. Obviously he wasn't taking any chances, because when I got it back it was almost empty! I put the last bit on my other son and he was OK.

The descent into Brisbane was a different story. The other son suddenly got a pain in his head that brought tears to his eyes, even though his ears had popped. I had the bottle of undiluted Peppermint in my handbag, so I simply tipped about 3 drops onto the hurting area, which was all inside the hairline.

Within 60 seconds, the pain was completely gone and he went back to commenting on the matchbox sized-cars that he could see out of the window as the plane flew lower and lower.

I was so thankful. Just wished I'd been a bit braver with the Peppermint for my youngest son a week earlier.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: ear-ache-/-infection-(Otitis),ears — "Essential oils or their components placed in the ear canal can provide effective treatment of acute otitis media."Link
3.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
4.Associated topics: ears — "[We] evaluate[d] the efficacy of the Pycnogenol [French maritime pine bark extract] in improving cochlear flow and symptoms... for patients with Meniere’s disease (MD), tinnitus, and cochlear hypoperfusion.... Symptoms of Meniere’s disease [spontaneous vertigo, positional vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus, pressure in the ear, unsteady gait], flow at cochlear level, and tinnitus improved in Pycnogenol subjects...."Link
5.Associated topics: ear-ache-/-infection-(Otitis),ears — "[We] investigate[d] antimicrobial treatment of an infected [Staphylococcus aureus] cochlear implant, undertaken in an attempt to salvage the infected device.... 5 percent tea tree oil completely eradicated the biofilm following exposure for 1 hour.... Treatment of infected cochlear implants with novel agents such as tea tree oil could significantly improve salvage outcome."Link
6.Associated topics: sinus — "The result for the primary end point was validated by the amelioration of the following secondary end points: headache on bending, frontal headache, sensitivity of pressure points of trigeminal nerve, impairment of general condition, nasal obstruction, and rhinological secretion.... In patients with acute nonpurulent rhinosinusitis, timely treatment with cineole [a.k.a. eucalyptol... found in eucalyptus, camphor laurel, laurus nobilis, tea tree, mugwort, basil, wormwood, rosemary, sage, and cannabis] is effective and safe before antibiotics are indicated."Link
7.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "Essential Oil Diffusion [lavender, marjoram, balsam fir, and peppermint] for the Treatment of Persistent Oxygen Dependence in a Three-Year-Old Child With Restrictive Lung Disease With Respiratory Syncytial Virus [RSV] Pneumonia: A 3-year-old female with central core disorder, a static myopathy affecting type one muscle fibers, with an 18-day history of oxygen requirement, acute desaturation episodes on high-flow oxygen, and persistent upper-lobe atelectasis... experienced a rapid reduction in oxygen requirement when treated with diffused plant essential oils after insufficient response to N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and dornase alfa."Link
8.Associated topics: ears — "Ginger root reduced the induced vertigo significantly better than did placebo."Link

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