Years ago I suffered a stupid injury; riding The Scrambler twice in a row (a carnival ride that, well, scrambles you…) sent me home feeling kooky, and I awoke the next day unbearable dizzy, nauseous, with this splitting headache and characteristic feeling of my scalp crackling… whip-lash. Whip-lash is one of those injuries that many people never actually recover from. Over time is ‘heals’ enough that you think it’s all gone, until you do one dumb thing that in your previous life wouldn’t have made a difference, and now it aggravates those damaged muscles and tendons and a flare-up occurs. With me, it’s been 10 years and I still deal with flare ups frequently, depending on how we I’m treating myself. It can be sore, tights muscles in my neck, or as bad as full blown migraines and the return of the scalp crackling and enough tears flowing to scare my husband.
Today, it all started because I spend too much time sitting on this bed. Did you know that sitting on a bed can bring on a migraine? Damaged neck muscles don’t like the slouchy, head tilting forward type of position it gives me. So, I had stiff aggravated pain up the left side of my neck, and the official sign of an oncoming migraine – sinus pressure and pain behind my left eye.
Thank the Lord, I packed my most used essential oils during the move down here (I really wanted to say “my essential essential oils”, but that just looks like a typo). Rosemary is my life saver when I feel a migraine coming on. I used to know more of the science of WHY rosemary particularly works for me, but I don’t remember. I just know it works. Combined with the Breathe blend from DoTerra* to help clear up my sinus pressure, they were my oils of choice, and what a blessing the relief is. It came slowly enough that I almost didn’t notice how much better I felt until my husband asked how my head was.
My head feels fine… pressure and pain gone!
*Don’t worry, I don’t sell essential oils, although I have a super awesome friend who does, in case you’re interested. I don’t even have brand loyalty. Note my bottle of DoTerra next to my (gasp) non-MLM NOW brand oil! My secret is that I’ve done enough reading and research about as many companies as I could to be very comfortable with using NOW or DoTerra (other brands as well) in the ways that I do, and I’m happy and getting good results. I’m not saying all brands are equal, I’m just saying be smart and educate yourself.