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Uncomfortable Head Pressure During Air Travel


Author: Kirstie Y.
Skill: Nurse
Date: 01-08-2012
Views: 2,094
Word Count: 349
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 6720-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 5

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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 (10 year old Darcy) 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 excrutiating head pain because of blocked sinuses and ears that wouldn't pop. I had him smelling Peppermint oil from the bottle (I was relucatant to put it on neat, as it is so strong) and I put the blend Release on him. I also bought chewing gum at Melbourne airport, but nothing helped.

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

In the meantime, I read a testimonial from Ursula Mackay 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 taxi-ing off, Darcy 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 Ned and he was OK. (So was Darcy.)

The descent into Brisbane was a different story. Ned 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), and within 60 seconds, the pain was completely gone and 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 Darcy a week earlier.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: ears — "Essential oils or their components placed in the ear canal can provide effective treatment of acute otitis media."Link
2.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
3.Associated topics: 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
4.Associated topics: sinuses — "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
5.Associated topics: ears — "Ginger root reduced the induced vertigo significantly better than did placebo."Link

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