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A Lifetime Of Headaches Since Hitting Puberty

Author: L S.
Date: 05-07-2013
Views: 4,827
Word Count: 485
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 8530-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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Headaches are a simple fact of life for me, I don't recall a day without headaches since hitting puberty, it's simply a matter of severity. After suffering a disabling stroke when I was 23 the headaches only got worse, eventually reaching migraine levels. I got some relief from drugs, more but not full relief from chiropractic.

Then I started hearing about essential oils and the great things they could do so I started looking into them. My research told me that Peppermint was the best thing to fight headaches.

Not long after I delved into the field, my sister in law announced that she had become a distributor for this company that deals in essential oils. Fancy that - it must be fate looking out for me again.

The stroke was supposed to have killed me but I proved too stubborn for that. I confessed my interest in Peppermint to my sister in law and she offered me her pitch (I was a willing "victim"). She offered me some product but I had already decided I was getting some, so I asked her to keep it for the next person in need.

I loved my Peppermint from the get go! I am a lunch lady in a private (smaller) middle school and have been for 14 years. At the end of the lunch hour I would come home, completely wiped out - head throbbing something fierce.

I would add some Peppermint to my diffuser fan, plug it in next to my rocker, crack open my first soda of the day and just chill out for an hour or so after which I would be as close to headache free as I ever get and feel energized to face the rest of my day.

So today I decided to conduct a little non scientific experiment. I wondered what would happen if I applied the Peppermint BEFORE I went to work rather than after the headache had already worsened and here are the results:

I have my Peppermint bottle equipped with a roller ball top so I applied it to my temples as well as down both sides of the back of my neck - all the areas that would normally be throbbing painfully midway into our first group of hungry students.

I suppose a headache is inevitable while sitting in a concrete walled room with 100+ squealing tweenagers and I made it all the way through the day with only a very minor headache! That's never happened in the 12 years I've worked at Regis!

After relating this to her, she asked if she could quote me. She then shared this link with me and I decided I should "quote" myself. How am I doing? Are you convinced yet? I am and I began as the eternal skeptic.

I am just starting to discover oils and can't wait to find out what other miracles are out there in little glass jars with roller ball tops!

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
2.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout,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
3.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
4.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout — "A number of essential oils are currently in use as aromatherapy agents to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa damascena), orange (Citrus sinensis), bergamot (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), sandalwood (Santalum album), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), and rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.)."Link
5.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout — "Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine), thereby further regulating mood."Link
6.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout — "The ylang ylang oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature. At the behavioral level, subjects in the ylang ylang oil group rated themselves more calm and more relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the ylang ylang oil and provide some evidence for the usage of the ylang ylang oil in aromatherapy such as causing a relief of depression and stress in humans."Link
7.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout,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
8.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

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