Anyone who suffers from migraine can attest to how incredibly destructive they can be. Lasting from hours to days, they are characterized not only by cranial pain, but by exhausting symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, or smell, to name a few.
Classified as one of the leading causes of disability, suffering from migraines can severely impact the quality of your personal and professional life. As a life long migraine sufferer, my heart goes out to all of you who suffer from this debilitating disease.
It has been a LONG journey, but I have been fortunate to finally find a combination conventional and complimentary treatments to lessen and better manage symptoms.
I sincerely wish there was a panacea, but for now, each person must do the work to find the combination of tools that best support their own needs. Where one person may only need to use one remedy to find total relief, another may need a combination of tools to reach a similar level of comfort.
I encourage you not become discouraged but to become curious and explore the myriad of options available to you. Be patient and give the different tools you choose to investigate, some time to work, for you. Sometimes, complimentary remedies take a little time to show their full potential. Incidentally, often the pursuit of your own healing is more therapeutic than the modality itself. So, try to find some empowerment in your pursuit of the process and stay open minded to what is possible for you.
A LITTLE NOTE ABOUT PHARMACOLOGY VS PSYCHOLOGY
When thinking about supporting your healing, especially if you choose to use essential oils, it is important to consider the opportunity that you can create through repeated use.
The pharmacological and psychological benefits of Aromatherapy stem not only from the medicinal benefits of the active components in the particular volatile oil, but also from your association to your judgement of the aroma.
Lavender Oil, for example, is known to possess properties which may help decrease the stress hormone, cortisol. By using it, not only will you be providing immediate support through the pharmacological action of the volatile oils, but you will be creating a neuro-association.
Your brain will associate the use of this particular oil with feelings of well-being and activate the same healing pathways. So powerful are these associations that it’s even possible that simply the memory of the aroma, without actual inhalation, could prove therapeutic to you.
The more aware you become of how the use of the modality you use, impacts you, the deeper the associations you can build. So, take time to notice how your body feels and how your mood changes as you use whichever tools you decide to pursue.
Verde Goddess Self Care Apothecary's
Top 7 Natural Headache Remedies
I wanted to share with you some of the tools in the Verde Goddess Self Care Apothecary, which you may find helpful in managing your symptoms, so here are My Top 7 Natural Headache Remedies
1. Headache Roller
For some people this is a game changer. I have had clients use this and report immediate recovery. I also have clients which use this and find that while the headache may not be immediately dissipated, the severity of discomfort is greatly reduced.
Comprising anti inflammatory, analgesic and calming essential oils, this ready to use aroma roll on is a useful tool to take on the go.
2. Warming Milk Bath
Taking a warm bath can be helpful when suffering from a headache. But, if you are the type of person who finds it uncomfortable, then consider a foot bath instead. Immersing your feet in hot water helps to pull excess blood from your congested head and thereby increases circulation.
You can further support this action by placing a cold/ice pack on the nape of your neck. (I personally find the Botanical Bath Tea useful for this purpose. More about that in a moment.)
Additionally, the aromas used in this warming bath include Vetiver and Lavender, both powerful relaxants and Ginger not only stimulates the circulatory benefits of the foot soak, but can help bring relief to any accompanying nausea.
3. Botanical Bath Tea
I love to use these relaxing herbal bath tea bags as a warm or cool compress on temples, neck or other pulse points.
Although you can certainly use them for your foot soak, I love to soak them in water, place in a zip lock and pop them in the freezer.
Next time you need a cold compress, simply take one out the bag and place it on your head or neck. Used this way, you will get plenty of uses out each tea bag.
4. Sleep Tea
One of the first things my neurologist told me to do at the onset of a headache, was to hydrate. Dehydration is often a trigger for headaches and it’s important to stay ahead of this!
Plain water can be boring for some so herbal teas, taken hot or cold, can provide the hydration you need along with the relaxing and comforting benefits of the botanical ingredients. You'll enjoy the aroma and flavor from a blend of soothing herbs, known for their anti-inflammatory properties and pain-relieving properties.
5. Lavender Elixir
Lavender oil possesses amazing anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, analgesic, detoxifier, hypotensive, and sedative properties. It’s well known to help ease headaches, and alleviate the stress, anxiety, and depression that often accompany them.
You can either place a couple of drops under your tongue (think rescue remedy) or use it to make a deliciously, hydrating drink. Added to a mint tea (hot or cold) it makes a refreshing herbal tisane. It’s also a quick way to make that famous headache relieving drink that many folks swear by; Lavender Lemonade. Just a few drops to seltzer water along with some lemon juice and you’re good to go.
6. Calming Spray
This is a soothing and relaxing multipurpose aromatherapy mist containing powerfully relaxing properties including Lavender and Roman Chamomile.
Another important ingredient is Clary Sage. For women going through peri-menopause or menopause,
changing hormones may cause mood swings, stress and hormone headaches.
There are several benefits of clary sage essential oil, the most prominent being its antispasmodic, stress-relieving and pain-relieving properties along with its ability to help regulate hormonal imbalances.
7. Nausea Roller
Last but not least, is the Nausea Relieving Aroma Roller. Anyone who experiences the nausea that can accompany hormonal headaches can attest to how miserable it is.
Luckily you can get quick relief by using this ready to use roller comprising essential oils known as effective anti-emetics reducing the incidence and severity of both nausea and vomiting and decreasing the need for conventional medications.
They are also well known anti spasmodics, relaxing the muscles of the gut, and reducing the foaming actions of gastric fluids. This may help settle any gastrointestinal upset that derives from, or promotes nausea.