I never leave out of a town on a trip without my essential oils stash. Early on in my essential oil journey, I learned just how significantly helpful they are in unexpected emergencies. In fact, I've even purchased essential oil cushioned traveled cases just to hold all my "essentials" when vacationing.
About two years ago, after attending our cousin's wedding one fine spring day, my sister, brother, and I loaded up the van to drive the hour-ride back to our home in the city. Although the wedding had turned out perfectly, we had experienced a small set-back of busting one of the tires on the van. After taking it in to a local shop and getting it replaced, we were set and ready to make the drive home. About a half hour into the drive, my brother, who was sitting in the passenger's seat, expressed a discomfort and pain in his head, behind his left eye. Before my sister and I could think of any helpful advice to give him, the level of his pain jumped (on a scale of 1 - 10) from about a 1 or 2 to a 9! As I was the one driving (and we just happened to be making our way around some mountains at this time!), I felt helpless and almost tempted to pull the van over onto the side of the road somewhere. Anxiety set in and the pain was increasing on my brother's left side. He started moaning, holding his hands to his eye, and there was panic in his voice as he described the pain to us. I suddenly called out to my sister to grab the essential oils in my bag.
The funny part about this testimony is that my brother despises essential oils. Up until this point, he had refused to believe in my "hippie oils" or use them in anyway. Because his pain was so intense, he consented to us putting some on him because he, quite literally, had no choice. This experience was enough to make my brother mostly a believer in essential oils. In fact, he will now use them whenever he feels these types of headaches coming on.
As it turns out, this painful headache episode was followed by a cold for my brother, which lasted for a few days. This immediately inspired me to do some research. Because no one in our family had experienced this type of headache before, I did not know what specific phrases or names to search for. However, the internet quickly supplied me with a ton of helpful resources on this.
Cluster headaches are more defined as a "burning sensation behind the eye, peaking as an electric, shock-like pain....often causes the eyes to water and the nose to run, and which can last between 15 minutes to three hours." [source]
These headaches can worsen when the individual is exposed to bright lights or stress. Both of these types of headaches are usually linked together.
The exact headache protocol that we use for these headaches is listed below:
Massage M-Grain into temples, forehead, behind ears, behind neck, onto crown of head, and into scalp. Rub a couple drops in your hand and breathe it in deeply. Next, layer Peppermint into the same areas that you applied M-Grain. Lavender can also be applied onto wrists, temples, and behind ears to emotionally calm and soothe.
In addition to applying essential oils, make sure to practice these simple habits when experiencing these types of headaches.
- Drinks lots of water
- Avoid bright, harsh light
- Practice deep breathing from your diaphragm
- Take it easy, get lots of rest.
* I only use Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils because of their high purity. Many essential oils on the market today are adulterated and are not put through a Seed to Seal process that Young Living lives by. I highly recommend these essential oils for their outstanding purity and also because, simply put, they really work. I began my journey over two years ago with Young Living EOs and have never looked back. They are remarkable!
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By the way, I am not a doctor. I just a woman who uses essential oils in her daily life with family and friends. The information provided on Ancient Essentials is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.