Migraines and Essential Oils

This is a great article from Essential Oils Pedia about migraines and essential oils.  Although many headache sufferers already know the majority of this information, make sure to check out the essential oils to use and the method.

I firmly stress that all essential oils, except for a few, should be diluted and NOT applied directly to any part of the body.  If you are not aware of the properties of oils, always dilute them with an ounce or two of a carrier oil such as coconut or olive.

http://www.essentialoilspedia.com/migraines/

 

Migraines

man with migraine headacheA migraine headache is a moderate to severe throbbing sensation that lasts a few hours to sometimes days at a time. Things that trigger a migraine is not always easy to pinpoint. It can be triggered by stress, hormonal imbalance, too much sun, lack of breathing, and even food allergies. A migraine headache is an enlargement of the blood vessels in the brain. As these vessels enlarge it causes nerves to release chemicals. These chemicals result in inflammation, pain, and possible further enlargement of the artery.

These migraine attacks commonly activate the sympathetic nervous system in our body. The sympathetic nervous system is explained as the part of the nervous system that controls primitive responses to stress and pain. Thus the increased sympathetic nervous activity in the intestine causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also delays the emptying of the stomach into the small intestine which prevents oral medications from entering the intestine and being absorbed. Which is why many basic pain killer medications do not work for migraines. Also the extra activity of the sympathetic system also decreases blood circulation. This leads to cold hands and feet. Also you can become more sensitive to light and sound.

Some people that suffer from migraines say they have experienced warning signs that a migraine headache is coming on. These signs are described as a tingling “num” feeling in a muscle, light flashes, slow or lack of breathing, and nausea.

A trigger to a migraine may include one or more of the following: stress, sleep disturbance, fasting, food allergies, dehydration, dietary changes, hormone changes, bright or flashing lights, allergies, chocolate, wine, certain odors, cigarette smoke, and caffeine. It is important to try to try to treat a migraine by first finding its source. Essential oils can help calm the migraine or even prevent it also.

Suggested Oils to Use

Frankincense, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint, Wintergreen

Also consider: Basil, Birch, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary

Suggested Ways to use

Start as soon as any warning signs appear that a migraine headache is coming on:

Put 1 – 2 drops of Frankincense oil on your finger and rub on the roof of your mouth.

Put 1 – 2 drops of Wintergreen or peppermint on the back of your neck.

Put 1 – 2 drops of Frankincense on your finger and rub it on the temples of your head.

A variety of recommended oils can be placed in the palm of your hand throughout the day, breath in the aroma of the oils from your hand to help calm the headache.

Keep in mind your skin can be sensitive to stronger oils and these oils should be diluted first with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil.

– See more at: http://www.essentialoilspedia.com/migraines/#sthash.1LoTZAxk.dpuf

Benefits Of Coconut Oil

How Can You Benefit From Coconut Oil?

Coconut has many benefits not just for your skin but for you over all health. This oil is found in my Soaps, Lotions and Lip Balms.  Thank you to NaturalNews.com for this infograph.

 

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This infograph was provided by: http://www.naturalnews.com/Infographic-Benefits-of-Coconut-Oil.html

25 Uses For Tea Tree Oil

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Tea Tree Oil has many benefits. This essential oil is found in my Mintea Soap.  Here are 25 ways to use tea tree oil provided by KeeperOfTheHome.org

  1. Helps heal and soothe sunburns.
  2. Heals skin infections naturally.
  3. Relieves itchiness from rashes as well as helps reduce rashes.
  4. Can be used as an all-purpose cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with 1-2 tsp. of tea tree oil and the rest of the bottle with water.
  5. Treats acne.
  6. Helps to prevent lice naturally; just add a few drops to your shampoo.
  7. A few drops in your pets’ crates or beds keep the fleas away.
  8. Removes ticks; just add to skin, and the little stinker will usually unlatch.
  9. Cures toenail fungus and Athlete’s foot.
  10. Helps remove skin tags.
  11. Naturally cures bad breath. (Swish some tea tree oil and water in you mouth.)
  12. Can be used in a homemade toothpaste recipe.
  13. Has been found as an effective treatment for warts.
  14. Soothes insect bites.
  15. Treats ringworm.
  16. Treats psoriasis and other skin conditions.
  17. Relieves asthma or other breathing conditions when a few drops are added to a humidifier.
  18. Works as as antiseptic on small cuts.
  19. Keeps your bathroom fresh.
  20. Relieves earaches; mix 1 drop of tea tree oil with 1 tsp. olive oil, drop mixture into the ear and then remove by tilting head.
  21. Freshen laundry: Add a few drops in your washing machine to scent your clothes. Also, if you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer, run again with tea tree oil to remove mildew. You can also scent wool dryer balls with tea tree oil.
  22. Helps freshen carpet.
  23. Can be used in several homemade kitchen cleaners.
  24. Cleans mold: Mix apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil and scrub mold; place outside to sun-dry.
  25. Can be used in a homemade natural deodorant.

To read more visit: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2013/04/25-uses-for-tea-tree-oil.html

The Garden of Good vs Evil? Natural Repellents and Deet

In Wisconsin, this time of year has everyone scrambling for mosquito repellent as we are attacked when we hit the outdoors. In my neck of the woods, repellent is necessary at most times of the day. Getting a blood drawing bite on my body is bad enough without thinking about the disease that this said bite can carry.

Many repellents on the market work great at keeping these nasty skeets and other bugs away. But with every positive there seems to be a negative as a common ingredient in them is Deet. I am not going to get into the nasty side of Deet or the arguments to and for on it. You can’t argue the facts: it is a pesticide. And you can’t tell me a pesticide is safe to apply to my body as my skin absorbs what it comes into contact with.

Everyday people come up with a new reason why pesticides are not harmful and how to use them correctly. But they forget to balance these reasons with the increase of disease in this world. Where do people really think disease is coming from? It is not just that mosquito or tick that is bringing it on.

Do we keep balancing the negatives and positives as we use the chemicals in order to avoid the chance of Lyme’s or West Nile virus? As we reduce the chance of some disease, does it increase the risk of others such as cancer or autism? Can we not eliminate, or reduce, the negative from the positive?

In my world, YES!

There are many natural alternatives to the deet products on the market. But buyer beware! Many products that are considered natural repellents and chemical free, are not. Anytime there is a color or fragrance listed, keep in mind that these are chemicals.

Today I posted a repellent on the website that will help you keep those nasty bites from your body. Give it a try–you will be amazed at how well these natural products work. You can find this product listed with the sprays.

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https://sunshinespiritco.com/products-page/sprays/dont-bug-me/

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