Saturday, August 12, 2017

Managing Migraines

If you are interested in learning more about essential oils and migraines, I just have to share with you about Dr. Mariza Snyder, DC whose practice specializes in migraines and hormonal imbalances.  She published the book Smart Mom's Guide to Essential Oils.  She said that in working with hundreds of patients who suffer from migraines, she has found some essential oil blends that truly work for her patients.  She said that you can apply these essential oils every 30 minutes if severe by putting several drops in a cupped hand and taking several deep breaths, by applying to the back of the neck or crown of the head, or by rubbing on the feet.  She suggests to use a roller bottle on the skin where the oils will get into the blood stream in less than 30-60 seconds.

To help prevent migraines when stress is the trigger she recommends the following:

8 drops Lavender
6 drops Frankincense
6 drops Wild Orange

Add to roller bottle and finish filling with fractionated coconut oil.  Roll on wrist, temple, behind ear, or just breathe it in for fast relief.  She says this formula decreases cortisol levels and adrenal load, and encourages hormonal balance.

For a blend to help prevent migraines she recommends the following:

6 drops Lavender
6 drops Frankincense
2 drops Basil
4 drops Peppermint
4 drops Marjoram

Put in roller bottle and fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil.  She said that you need a pure therapeutic grade essential oil because the purer it is, the more effective it is.  One drop of Peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea.  That is why you can overdose on essential oils when you use a lot of drops internally or can burn the esophagus if you do not put the drops into a vegetarian capsule.

Please keep any blend with peppermint oil away from the eyes when applying for muscle tension around the head.  Many oils can irritate the eyes when applied too closely to the eyes.  Some oils like wild orange, grapefruit, bergamot, and other citrus oils when applied to the skin may make you more sensitive to the sun, so avoid sun exposure for 24 hours after application.

There can be many other contributing factors for headaches such as hormonal imbalances.  According to Rosemary Gladstar in Herbal Healing For Women, vitex is great especially in perimenopause when many women are estrogen dominant.  "Studies verify that vitex increases the production of luteinizing hormones, enhancing the progesterone cycle."  "Vitex has a stimulating effect on the pituitary gland, which among other functions, regulates and normalizes hormone production."  Vitex comes in capsule, extract, and essential oil forms.  There are many other essential oils for hormonal balance such as clary sage, cedarwood, and ylang ylang.  Many of our customers find the ionic form of magnesium works well in relaxing muscles and for sleeping when taken in the evening.

Diet plays an important role in migraines as well.  Many people think that grains, especially gluten, milk, and sugar play a significant role.  Even occasional use of these foods can contribute to headaches.  Omit foods that contain tyramine including avocados, bananas, beer, cabbage, hard cheese, potatoes, raspberries, tomatoes, wine, and MSG to see if that may contribute to your headaches.

King Bio makes a wonderful homeopathic remedy for headaches and migraines.  Some of our customers find feverfew, butterbur, and B2 to be helpful as well.

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