I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Essential Oils - Peppermint For Migraines

This morning my neighbor and friend, L, came over to say hello. She informed me that she had a terrible migraine headache and didn't think she'd stay long, but wanted just to touch base. I asked her if she'd like to try peppermint essential oil for her headache, informing her that I use it often for headaches, sinus pressure, or anything related. She was willing. I suggested she rub it over her forehead, on her temples, and on the back of her neck. Within a very short amount of time, she informed me that she was feeling a little relief, and that she would take any relief at that point. Within about 20 minutes, she was feeling so much better she was hugging me and telling me she loved me! Now I don't experience migraine headaches (thank goodness!!) and have only heard about how debilitating they can be. And my poor friend says that she gets them on most days (she has a physical condition which results in frequent headaches and other physical discomforts.) I figured it wouldn't hurt to try the oil. Both of us were truly surprised at the results! Just now I did an online search (Google) on peppermint for migraine headaches, and found many references to the use of peppermint for headaches, including migraines. Who knew?!

It is evening now, and I have to add this. My friend returned a couple of hours later and asked for another "treatment." She informed me that the oil had not only reduced her headache, but had, in fact, gotten rid of it entirely. I am so excited. I am so hopeful it continues to work for her. It would be a nice break for her, from nearly chronic pain.

*As with any remedy, if you are pregnant, get more information before using peppermint essential oil. One link I looked at had a comment added by someone saying to avoid peppermint oil if you are pregnant. I don't know enough about that at this point....so please, do your research!

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