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My New Method For Headache Relief


Author: Angie S.
Date: 08-20-2012
Views: 6,658
Word Count: 534
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 7711-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 6

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I have dealt with headaches (and back pain - see my separate testimonial on that) for many years. Most of the time I took 4 Ibuprofen at a time to dull the pain. I bought the 200-tablet bottles 2 at a time! I was not happy about what effect that much Ibuprofen might be having on my liver. So I was very grateful when I learned about essential oils and their effectiveness for pain relief.

It took me a while to discover the oils that would work for me for a headache. The "usual" ones - Peppermint, PanAway, M-Grain, Lavender, Frankincense - do NOT work for me for a headache.

After attending a Raindrop Training taught by Gary Young, it ocurred to me that perhaps some of the Raindrop Oils would be effective for a headache because I experienced such wonderful back pain relief from them. This was an excellent decision. I discovered that for most of my headaches, if I layer Basil, Rosemary and/or Marjoram and then end with Valor - my headache subsides. I apply the oils to my temples and on either side of my spine on my neck. If that does not work, I put a few drops of each oil into an empty capsule and ingest it. That usually stops the headache.

Recently I have had two experiences where neither of these methods worked. In complete desperation (after a horrible headache for 8 hours), I grabbed these same oils and just turned the bottle upside down (one at a time) and dabbed it multiple times down the center of my head, beginning at my hairline at the top of my forehead and on down to the base of my neck. I have no idea how many drops of oil that was. But the first time I did this method, before I even reached for the 4th bottle of oil, my headace had gone from a pain level of 10 down to a 2. It was instantaneous! I applied the Valor anyway, to drive in those oils - and within a short time the headace was completely gone.

The last time I had this intense of a headache, I left 2-3 minutes between the application of each oil (down the center of my head) - still layering the Basil, Rosemary, Marjoram and Valor - but this time I also BEGAN with Valor. Once I had all the oils applied, the headache had not subsided, so I covered the area of pain with a heat pack and went back to bed. (It was the middle of the night.) I woke up pain-free.

Once the headache is gone, it IS necessary to wash my hair after applying oils in this fashion - but that is a small price to pay for the relief of such a debilitating headache.

By the way, I only use Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils, and the last Ibuprofen bottle I bought is sitting untouched in my medicine cabinet - LONG AGO EXPIRED! It is a nice reminder of how blessed I am to have been introduced to these oils.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: headache — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
2.Associated topics: migraine,headache — "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
3.Associated topics: migraine,headache — "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
4.Associated topics: migraine,headache — "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
5.Associated topics: headache — "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
6.Associated topics: migraine,headache — "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

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