It’s been a rare occasion since I’ve been taken down by a tension migraine… until last night!
Got home after work, did some running around and was DONE! I could feel it creeping on at work, did some stretches got my past tense out but after eating a fresh take out sandwich with deli meat it spiraled quickly to the point of no return.
These past almost 3 years I’ve been really careful watching my diet (foods I eat) however this summer began to get more lax about things and my health and body have been pretty quick to get my attention. We typically at home only buy the naturals deli meat, this sandwich although was quite good, was not the naturals meat. My body isn’t a fan of nitrates and I’m learning just how many things have to in them!
At first I was really pissed, I was planning on a long list of things to check off that just did not and were not going to happen. I had no choice but to surrender.
While laying in bed it hit me… I was letting life get ahead of me. With the end of summer, kids back in school, sports beginning, upcoming wedding, renos on the go, dirt piles everywhere in our back yard, and yes slightly dehydrated from the previous weekend celebrating my birthday with family and friends. It caught up to me. The “busyness” of life… lunch was what I could call the “straw that broke the camel’s back”…
When it feels like everything is piling up, the to-do list is so very long and feeling like shit just escalated everything for me and landed me in bed and on the couch for the entire evening and entire morning today.
Be graceful and patient. It’s a small amount of time that I clearly needed to be down. It’s not wasted time when your body needs healing.
Since shifting my lifestyle I feel I was better able to adjust and go with the flow even better. For those of you interested in how I’ve chosen to support my health without reaching for the advil or tylenol (which let me be honest before 2015 was my norm…almost every single day for the pain and discomfort I was in…) this is now my new norm and one my family supports! What I find very interesting is it’s never the same things I use to find relief, it truly depends on what’s going on in that moment, what was going on before and where I am. That’s also the beauty of these oils. Yes I had a migraine, are these oils “migraine” oils, no. But every single oil does something different within your body! Its freaking incredible actually!!! Oils are, in my own opinion, nothing like pharmaceuticals. They are gentle, they are like the human body (because they are plants) and they can honestly provide us with a lot of comfort when needed. But only if we as the human can also recognize that we need to shift, and for many that can be very different.
I’ve found it’s not one specific thing, it is whatever feels right or calls to me. Yes, that little voice that’s says … what about this?! That’s you trying to direct you a certain way, as long as you can determine the ego voice from the real you 🤣😉
Oils… I began using Past Tense and Deep Blue oil at work. They helped but I knew I was on the slippery slope downward already. When I got home I first used my foam roller on my back and neck to help stretch it out then I laid in the dark in my bed to help calm before getting into an Epsom salt hot bath with Cedarwood and Petitgrain. Both amazing oils to promote relaxation and calming. To be perfectly honest I was hurting and not thinking straight about what oils I should have grabbed, these were in my kids bathroom and worked.
After my bath I applied deep blue rub all over my shoulders and neck and then laid in bed.
This morning I woke up at just before 6am feeling good, drank a bunch more water (which I also did last night) and journaled, then began catching up on social… well didn’t that trigger things again. I got up and now thinking a bit clearer got Frankincense on my thumb and put to the top of my mouth, lavender down my jaw line and on the bridge of my nose and deep blue where I felt the tension. Then downed another large glass of water.
I laid back down and slept like a rock until 10am. That hasn’t happened in a long time! My husband made me a tea with 1 drop each of Turmeric, Copaiba and Frankincense in it. Yummy and super supportive to the brain!
Today we had a family event to attend so I knew I had to feel good and all of this helped me SO much! Before we left I filled up my big water bottle with 2 drops of Lemon to help cleanse and water! Yummy!!!
I am truly SO thankful for these natural supports for our body and mind! Grateful I can surrender and honor the time my body needs and also share to perhaps support someone else who experiences these same challenges. I also made sure to take my supplements at lunch today before we left to get in my vitamins, minerals, omegas and digestive enzymes! These have really helped shift my life and health in a very big way!