see also Headaches
Migraine headaches are a moderate to severe throbbing
sensation that lasts a few hours or sometimes for days.
The precise reason for this type of headache is not know but
one description of the sequence of physiological events is
is caused by vasodilatation (enlargement of blood vessels)
that causes the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that
coil around the large arteries of the brain. Enlargement of
these blood vessels stretches the nerves that coil around
them and causes the nerves to release chemicals. The
chemicals cause inflammation, pain, and further enlargement
of the artery. The increasing enlargement of the arteries
magnifies the pain.
commonly activate the sympathetic nervous system in the
body. The sympathetic nervous system is often thought of as
the part of the nervous system that controls primitive
responses to stress and pain, the so-called "fight or
flight" response, and this activation causes many of the
symptoms associated with migraine attacks; for example, the
increased sympathetic nervous activity in the intestine
causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
• Sympathetic activity
also delays emptying of the stomach into the small intestine
and thereby prevents oral medications from entering the
intestine and being absorbed.
• The impaired
absorption of oral medications is a common reason for the
ineffectiveness of medications taken to treat migraine
• The increased
sympathetic activity also decreases the circulation of
blood, and this leads to pallor of the skin as well as cold
hands and feet.
• The increased
sympathetic activity also contributes to the sensitivity to
light and sound sensitivity as well as blurred vision.
Some sufferers from migraines say that there are signs
that signal when a migraine headache is coming on.
This includes signs such as tingling, light flashes, or
other warnings that can suggest taking some preventative
measures. For many the headache is accompanied by
sensitivity to light, loud sounds, and may include an upset
stomach or even nausea.
Triggers for migraines vary from person to person and are
not always predictable (do not always trigger the migraine)
in an individual. Some of the reported triggers for
migraines include: stress, sleep disturbance, fasting,
dehydration, dietary changes, hormone changes, bright or
flashing lights, allergies, chocolate, wine, certain odors,
cigarette smoke, and caffeine.
important step in helping with migraines is to determining from experience
for an individual what triggers
their migraines. By finding the triggers, one can anticipate
them and use the habits of diet and lifestyle coupled with
the essential oils to mitigate them. The tab above for
Suggested Protocols will have some of the most commonly
suggested helps and the tab Experiences & Testimonials will
include other's experiences.
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Deep BlueC, Frankincense, LavenderE, MarjoramE,
Essential oils based
products: Life Long Vitality supplements
BasilEC, Birch, EucalyptusEC, Ginger,
Roman ChamomileE, RosemaryE,
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Because migraines are so individual and varied that the oils
to use will also vary. Listed here are protocols that
have worked for others. Also read the more detailed
experiences of others on the Experiences & Testimonials tab
Experience One - detailed:
Start as soon as any warning appears.
1 - 2 drops of Frankincense on your finger and rub on
the roof of your mouth
Roll PastTense on the back of the neck and the base of
1 - 2 drops of Deep Blue on the temples and forehead.
Also Deep Blue can be applied to the neck and shoulder
1 - 2 drops DigestZen internally if nauseous.
Repeat every 15 minutes - 2 hours as
long as necessary. Nap if situation allows.
Experience Two - simple:
Start as soon as any warning appears.
1 - 2 drops of PastTense on the forehead
Continue PastTense over the crown of the head through
the hair to the neck and shoulders
Rub into each area
Repeat every 15 minutes - 2 hours as
long as necessary. Nap if situation allows.
while suffering from a migraine usually is not a pleasant
option. Applying the oil or blend as a foot massage may be
tolerable. Because root cause and personal reactions are so
varied it will take personal experience to find the optimum
solution for each individual.
Having a foundation of healthy diet and rest is
important. The Life Long Vitality supplements will
help provide this.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Kathy - What does
work for your migraines?
Loryjean - I have to start on them
early, and even then it doesn't always take it entirely
away. I use Frankincense on the roof of my mouth, PastTense
on my neck and base of my skull, and Deep Blue on my temples
and across my forehead. If I can get someone to apply the
Deep Blue to my neck and shoulders, that helps, too. I
usually apply DigestZen to my stomach. I've tried taking
Ginger for the nausea, but it doesn't always help.
I keep reapplying for as long as the headache lasts. Most
of the time, I do not have to go to bed, although it slows
me down and I do try to rest. If I can catch it early, and
have a nap, that also helps, although one of the aspects of
my migraines is that I can't sleep until it is pretty much
over. I often use Lavender at that point, because I use it
every night before bed and my body recognizes that as the
time to sleep! I also have several chronic medical
conditions, so I'm not "just" having a migraine; there are
various triggers and even the cleansing effects of oils from
time to time have affected me. There are some oils I've not
tried, but so far I am happy with these combinations, and I
don't have migraines as often as I used to.
Pat - There are quite a few oils that
work for migraines. My daughter would not go on without PastTense, or Birch. Others swear by Deep Blue and others get
relief only from Frankincense. So one needs to experiment
and figure out which one works best for them.
Cristi - I get migraines and I tried a
few oils before I found that Peppermint works wonders for
me. I just rub it on my forehead, temples and neck.
Sometimes it is the ONLY thing that gets me to sleep. I
agree with others try different oils till you find the one
that brings you relief.
Evie - Just had a
client with severe migraines....says peppermint and Past
Tense makes her headache get worse. Any wisdom or
testimonials out there that would help?
Apryl - I get migraines at times where I
have to be in bed and my husband will bring me a big glass
of water and the "morphine" pill (6 drops Marjoram and 9
drops Frankincense each in a veggie cap). It helps but I
have to take it every 2 to 4 hours. If the person doesn't
have veggie caps I would rub a few drops of the oils
normally in the pill on my neck and forehead. If the
smell bothers her, maybe put the oils on the bottom of her
feet. A cup of coffee and glass of water have also helped me
in addition to the oils.
Christine - I have epilepsy and had
brain surgery 6 yrs ago in hopes of curing them, which
caused a stroke, so I get severe migraines two to three
times a week. I decided just too add some stuff together one
day that the book recommends....I just poured equal amounts
of Peppermint, the Deep Blue blend, Cilantro, Lavender, and
Frankincense into a roller bottle. I apply it where my head
hurts and within a half hour my pain is gone. I call it my
little miracle cure. On occasion I have to reapply or add
extra Frankincense if it is a really bad one. As long
as I catch it before it gets too bad, I really don't have to
do the additional Frankincense, which is crazy because I
used to take ten Advil and I would still have a lingering
Kathy - I have a
friend who has had a migraine for over a week and finally
went in to the doctor and was told she has lymphdema (one of
her legs is swelling) and she has swelling with inflammation
of the brain, they have no idea why. I suggested the
Candida cleanse (I did not have any
GX assist) so
she is just taking the Oregano, Melaleuca and Lemon in a
capsule and she is drinking plenty of Lemon water. Any
Julie Ann – Here are suggestions for
inflammation. Use the
technique as soon as possible. The PastTense is so
fabulous for headaches or migraines of any type. My
experience is that when you apply PastTense the pain is
gone. Period. Cypress and Lemon oils are good for swelling.
Deep Blue and AromaTouch blends and Sandalwood oil are for
Pat – Also strongly suggest Frankincense
as soon as possible, internally and topically. Two
drops of Frankincense under the tongue, no capsule is
necessary, 4 times a day, then rub some on the crown of the
head, and the back of the neck.
Kathy - My friend Rebekah's migraine has
lessened and seems to be going down into her shoulders and
neck,, she finally let me do an AromaTouch but only on her
hands and feet, then we put Birch on her neck and shoulders
and then AromaTouch oil on her neck and shoulders - she said
that night was the first night she slept all night in 2
weeks. She has been doing the Candida cleanse for a
week now and says she is feeling better - migraine still
there but much more bearable. I got an order yesterday
and got PastTense so I had her put that on the top of her head, neck
and temples - will let you know how that as helped as soon
as I hear from her.
Julie Ann -
I woke up this morning at the crack of dawn with an
exhaustion migraine. It usually takes me 3 days to get
over them. I got up, rubbed PastTense on my forehead,
through my hair (following the line of pain) down the back
of my neck and over my shoulders. When I got
through (10 seconds max) rubbing it in, and started back
upstairs to bed the migraine was GONE! TOTALLY
GONE! I laid back down pain free and woke up a few hours
later pain free and ran all day wide open and as of tonight
at 11:35pm I am still PAIN FREE!!! I am totally
sold on the PastTense headache roll-on!
John - I had a killer headache the other
day, probably bordering on a migraine. I'm sure it was
stressed induced because of the day I had- had. I had a few
oils with me at work, but none seemed to help at all. I was
excited to get home and try the Lavender, Peppermint, and
Frankincense blend. I was bummed to learn that my wife had
used the last of the Frankincense in a ulcer blend she did
for a friend.
Desperate, I grabbed Marjoram, which is also listed as
effective for headaches. I blended the Marjoram, Lavender
and Peppermint and my wife rubbed it in with a neck and
shoulder massage. I also put it on my temples. I lay
down with a cold pack in a towel under my neck, and closed
my eyes. In about 15 minutes, I found my the pain I had
been experiencing all day - gone. Completely.
I think I have a new favorite blend for headaches.
I should have said, I used about 5 drops each of Lavender
and Marjoram and 2 drops of Peppermint. I also used cup and
inhale while I had my neck massaged. If I had not felt
better so soon, I would have put the same blend in a bath.
Loryjean - Since beginning with doTERRA,
especially since starting the LLWP, I have non-migraines. I
will feel uncomfortable, start using the oils every 15-20
minutes or so, but am able to keep going without the
blinding headache and 5 hours of nausea. Since I've only
been at this 5 months, and have many health issues, this is
a major accomplishment in my life and I am SO GRATEFUL for
these oils and getting my life back!
Brooke - I have a
friend who has suffered tremendously for over 15 years with
severe migraines. She has to have shots and lay in bed for
a couple of days to get over them sometimes. What are some
recommendations you have - whether it be oils or supplements
- that could help her either prevent or treat them?
Loryjean - I don't know that I have
enough experience treating migraines; just mine! I did have
to try several different combinations that I heard about in
meetings, in order to find out what works for me. The first
lady I tried to help, early on, called me when she already
had the headache, and I only had the one protocol. She was
upset because "it didn't work". Most of what I have learned
is that you have to get right on it as soon as you start to
feel whatever you get, you have to use the oils about every
15-20 minutes continuously until the symptoms go away, and
you do still have to relax and rest as much as possible
So far, the oil combinations I know of are: Frankincense,
Peppermint and Eucalyptus; Peppermint, Frankincense,
Lavender; Deep Blue, Wintergreen; and I think Birch helps,
too. It is my opinion that migraines are highly related to
inflammation, so you need to keep your hormones balanced,
use anti-inflammatory oils, be hydrated, and taking the
Wellness Pack. I use Balance all day long, and it is the
first oil I recommend to people. Migraines have a cycle; you
have to keep working on them until you can retrain the body
to not go into the cycle. That has taken about four months
for me; I usually have about one a month, sometimes two.
Just stay on it and keep trying whatever seems to work best.
I stand in front of my box of oils and see what I feel I
should add to whatever protocol I am trying. The oils really
are individual, and of course, learning all you can about
Kathy (Caz) -
My friend has been having Peppermint and Lemon oil in her
water for about a couple of months. 3 or 4 times a day with
a drop of both in each. On the weekend she was in hospital
with the worse migraine she has had in a long long time.
Could they possibly do this??? or could she be having too
much??? Is it safe to take the oils continually??? By the
way she has really liked having them.
Pat - I have been using oils in my water
for over two years. I have had no problems taking the
oils continually. Does she get migraines normally? The Lemon
does detoxify the liver, could the toxins expelled cause the
Brooke - I've been using Peppermint and
Lemon in my water since August of last year - and never had
any problems. Everyone is different, but if things she eats
trigger it, she may want to check what drinks she is having
or even what gum she chews. My friend who was having severe
migraines on a monthly basis discovered it was due to
'aspartame poisoning'. Anything 'diet' has aspartame in
it...may want to check that out.
Loryjean - When I first started
seriously using good essential oils, my body began
cleansing. I also have migraines, and some of mine initially
were really rough, but then they stopped entirely for some
time! Anyone with a chronic condition, I think, will
experience some degree of cleansing, and should expect to
have some discomfort or increased symptoms for a while. It
is up to you whether you can simply work through it and
continue with the oils; or you need to reduce them or stop.
My training in cleansing taught me that you are better off
sticking it out if you can; or reduce the use if the
discomfort is too great. Sometimes with oils, one can simply
switch to different ones for a few days; this is not
scientific, but that might help, too.
Oils don't "cause" a migraine, but just as foods or
stress can trigger a migraine, oils can cause cleansing that
can act as a trigger. People with migraines often have to
experiment to discover what combination of oils works for
them; Peppermint, Lavender and Frankincense do not work at
all for me; I had to discover what would! I know others who
have developed their own personal combinations, as well. We
have to remember that oils work with our personal chemistry;
while they have specific attributes, not all work the same
on everyone. I always recommend several options when asked
"which oil should I use?".
folks recommend for children
12 Feb 2010
Brooke - I have a
friend who has an 11- year old who suffers from severe
migraines. She has taken him to all kinds of doctors, and
they have wanted to put him on, and have tried to put him
on, all kinds of medications. Everything from blood
pressure medication to anti-depressants If anyone has any
suggestions, I would very much appreciate them.
Cassandra - My 11 year old daughter was
having the same issues. I applied Lavender and
Peppermint on the back of her neck and at the base of her
head, I also use Deep Blue around that area with massage she
says it helps.
Kathy - Besides Peppermint and Lavender
many suggest Frankincense for severe migraines. I put
1 drop of each on the temples and one on the crown of the
head (very top of head). Sometime the Balance blend has
helped as well. I do the same with Balance, 1 drop on each
temple and on the top of head. This is what I do for
my 15 year old that gets migraines.
Not really that the Balance is GOOD for headaches but I
had an acquaintance who was hit in his head 15 years ago and
has had pain everyday since. We found using the
Balance on his forehead, as well as the other oils, was very
helpful for him.
Christy was rather proud of her collection of pain
medication. It seemed as though there were always
headaches in their family. Her husband, Jerry, often
had horrible migraines. He could feel them coming on
and they increased over about an hour in strength and
intensity. If he was lucky, they only lasted a short
time, but he had – had some that lasted 18 hrs or more.
At their height of intensity, he could experience nausea,
vomiting, sensitivity to lights and sounds.
He would go to the basement, and the family knew if he
was down there, it was quiet time in the house. Over
the years he had tried several prescription medications like
Axert, Sumatriptan and Zomig. They might reduce
the pain slightly, but the side effects were horrible.
Dizziness, constipation, impotence and serious mood swings
were hardly worth it. His favorite remedy was a
cocktail of 3 Advil, and 2 Tylenol. He realized so
much of two different kinds of medication were not good for
his body, but it was the only thing that made the pain
One day, Christy was talking to her friend Kim across the
street. The conversation merged from headaches and migraines
to essential oils. Christy had never used them and
only remembers hearing about them a long time back.
“What could it hurt” she said to herself. And she
accepted 3 small bottles of Frankincense, Peppermint and
Lavender. Kim also gave her instructions on how to use
Christy explained to her husband that night that she
wanted to try a new alternative treatment next time he had a
migraine. He was willing to try anything. Kim
felt almost guilty that she was greatly anticipating the
next episode. After a couple weeks though she forgot
about the oils and life hurried along.
Then one day, her cell rang. It was Jerry and he
was coming home early from work. “It’s a big one…” he
Christy ran from the junk drawer to mail basket to desk
drawers looking for the oils. She found the small
vials just as the door opened on the small night stand by
her bed. She ran down the stairs, literally following
her husband down the stairs.
Her husband was not in the mood. He saw the small
bottles, and demanded… “No, Christy, just get my pills.
Christy whined back with love and sternness.
“You’ve got to try these. You’ll never know if this is
God’s plan for you. If it doesn’t work in 15 minuets
I’ll get the Advil and Tylenol.
Jerry said nothing; he just sat on the basement bed.
His brows furrowed, and his shoulders slumped. Christy
tipped the Lavender toward her finger then wiped the oil on
his right temple, then did the same to his left. She
followed the same routine with the other oils, she put a
couple drops of Peppermint in her hand and rubbed the back
of his neck, up toward the base of his skull.
“Ok, lie down.”
Jerry dropped backwards to the bed and folded his arm
across his eyes. Christy grabbed her bottles and
quietly turned to go up the stairs. “I’ll be back in a
few minutes to check you.” she whispered.
“Bring my pills.” He quipped back.
When Christy got back up stairs, she called Kim to tell
the test was on.
Kim reminded her that sometimes it takes more than one
application, and several applications would not hurt him.
“Yea, I don’t know if he will do that.” Christy
15 minutes later Christy stepped quietly down the stairs.
“Jerry?” She said in a quiet whisper.
“Do you have the Advil?�� He asked.
“Kim told me it might take a few applications.” She
“You promised, just give me the pills.” Jerry said.
Christy reluctantly gave Jerry his pills and a small
glass of water. “Did the oils help at all?” She
“Maybe a little.” Jerry said as he flopped
Christy went back upstairs, and closed the door.
Christy later called Kim, disappointed in the results and
Jerry's attitude about using the oils.
Kim explained frequency again to Christy and told her
that what is good for one person may not be the best for
another. She offered; “Let me have you try some other
oils and see if they are more effective. And you talk
to Jerry about giving these a sincere try. Kim made
two more small bottles for Christy. In one she placed
Birch essential oil, in the other she placed Basil.
She took these to Christy and explained; “Next time use
these two and the Frankincense I gave you.”
Two weeks went by. Christy had – had a talk to
Jerry about giving the oils a fair chance. Jerry came
home from work one day, and with a single look, Christy knew
Jerry was having a bad migraine. She grabbed the oils
and followed Jerry down the stairs. Jerry said
nothing. He just sat on the edge of the bed with his
eyes closed. Christy this time mixed a couple drops of
the Basil, Birch and Frankincense in her hand with a couple
drops of coconut oil, and began applying them on Jerry.
She put some drops on his temple, on the base of his neck,
above his eyebrows and just above the cheeks on his lower
eye socket. She then carefully and lightly massaged
these areas. Not hard, and with small circular
motions. On his neck she worked the oils from the base
of the neck to the top of the head. Every few minutes,
she would add additional oils and repeat the process.
After about 3 rounds, Christy took off Jerry’s shoes and
socks and began applying the oils to his feet. She
worked the oils mostly into region 1 of the upper foot and
toes. After about 15 minutes she again put oils on the
region of Jerry’s head. As she did, she noticed that
Jerry was breathing heavily and was asleep. She wiped
her hand on a pillow that Jerry was sleeping on and quietly
went up stairs with a small smile on her face.
About ½ hour later, Jerry came up from the stairs.
Christy looked at his face. It was happy, his eyes
were clear; there were no winkles on his forehead. He
grabbed Christy around the waist, and said; “WOW, I feel
Over the next few months, Jerry learned how to use the
oils that were most effective for him and to recognize the
signs that a serious migraine was coming on. If he
could apply the oils early and often, he usually had success
controlling the pain. He and Christy also learned
AromaTouch technique and found on those occasional very
stubborn migraines, the ATT was very effective at ending the
pain. They would simply use the Birch, Frankincense,
Basil combo at the end of the ATT in place of using
Peppermint and Wild Orange in the 5 zones on the back.
Christy would apply them with the palm slide, thumb walk,
the five zones, and work the oils from the base of the neck
to the top of the head.
Christy was excited one day as she went through bathroom
cabinets, kitchen cabinets, desk drawers, her purse and the
car glove box removing and throwing away all of her pain
killers and aspirin. As she felt the weight of the bag
go in the trash, she felt the weight of such harmful drugs
lifted off her shoulders. She had found a better way.
More natural, more effective, a true gift of the earth.
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