5.30.2012

Medicine Free Headache Relief


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I have suffered with mild to severe headaches since I was in High School.  When I got pregnant with my first child I was very worried because I knew I wouldn't be able to take my go to medication for headaches.  To my surprise, even though I suffered with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, my migraines were gone! That was almost four years ago, and they have slowly started creeping back into my life.  Here are some tried and true remedies that either eliminate headaches, or significantly decrease the pain: 

1.  Sleep it off.  I know this isn't always possible (especially with little ones), but it really is the best remedy.
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2. Breathe deeply and slowly 5-10 times in a row. This is something my mother taught me growing up.  I usually breathe from my abdomen, but if I have a headache I change this up a bit.  I try to get as much oxygen to my brain as possible.  I close my eyes and take really deep breaths.  I almost imagine the oxygen going to my brain.  

3.  Drink a glassful of water. It doesn't need to be super cold, just room temperate will do.  
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4.  Massage temples and neck with peppermint essential oil.  THIS is awesome! The peppermint makes your head cold and tingly.  If you have extra sensitive skin you may want to just try rubbing Peppermint scented Lexie:Lotion on your temples and neck.  It won't be as strong as the straight peppermint oil, but will still give you that cool sensation.  Even the Peppermint Lexie:Lip will work if you already have some.   

You should exercise caution when using any essential oil.  You can start by mixing a drop or two of peppermint EO with 5-10 drops of a carrier oil (like olive or coconut).  Or, you can apply using Lexie:Lotion or Lexie:Lip as mentioned above.

You can purchase peppermint essential oil here (and get $10 off your first order). 


Note: You can purchase essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs or Vitacost  (and get $10 off your first order).

What do you do to relieve headaches?  Please let me know in the comment section!
 

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Disclaimer: Information I have provided is for entertainment purposes only and I am not providing medical, legal, or other professional advice.  As the reader, you should read and/or use any of the information you glean from this blog at your own risk.  I have done a lot of research on this topic, but it does not mean that it is right for your family just because it is right for mine.


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