The Mayo Clinic defines a migraine as a  headache that can cause intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and be so severe that all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down. Some migraines are preceded or accompanied by sensory warning symptoms (aura), such as flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling in your arm or leg.

Ever had a migraine?

Ever get one after a workout?

For many years now I have suffered from migraine headaches.  I, like many others, have a whole slew of different triggers life food, noise or light.  The one that has bothered me the most has been my workout migraines.  Yep you heard me right, a workout migraine.  Every-time I workout, getting a good sweat going for 30 minutes or more, within 30 minutes after the workout I am hit with an awful migraine.  

If you have found that exercise has triggered an attack it could be due to the following reasons:

  • You start exercising suddenly with no prior planning which means that your body has a sudden demand for oxygen.
  • You have not eaten properly before exercising so that your blood sugar level falls as you become very hungry.
  • You have not taken sufficient fluids before and during exercising so your body becomes dehydrated.
  • You start a strenuous ‘keep fit‘ programme at the same time as ‘healthy’ new diet . If not managed properly, these changes to your lifestyle can act as an additional trigger.
  • You undertake strenuous infrequent exercise which causes stiff, aching muscles which can then act as a trigger.
  • You experience a minor blow to your head during sport, for example you may be hit by or head a football. This can trigger an instantaneous migraine aura.
  • A headache can be triggered during exercise which could be due to the exercise itself. This is called exertional headache and may last from 5 minutes to 48 hours after the exercise. It tends to occur at high altitude or during hot weather.

We all know that in order to really be healthy and live a long and full life we need to eat right and workout 3-5 times weekly.  I have three sons and I need to workouts just to help me keep up with their active lifestyles.  So I try to be a good mommy and set a good example for them to follow but that was really hard given that I would get a migraine after each round.  Notice I said “was”.  That’s right I have finally found a way to rid myself of these debilitating headaches and still get in my workout.

Like most people I went to a Dr. and talked to them about this issue.  The first one looked at me like I was nuts and had never heard of such.  The second was a Nurse Practitioner and she explained to me the problem.  While working out the blood pumps harder and faster as it should, the blood vessels also dilate to improve and make this blood flow easier.  This is what causes the red flush to our skin while working out.  After the workout normally these blood vessels would slowly return to normal size and the blood flow adjusts back to what is needed.  Mine on the other hand would effectively slam shut almost immediately after, thus causing the migraine.  We all know what her solution was as well.  A new medication to take before every workout that would keep my blood vessels open longer, a vasodilator.  She prescribed me Imitrex to take care of this problem.

Now I’m not saying prescribed medications are bad, just that I don’t want to be dependent on them if I don’t have to.

 I also really hate the side effects that many prescribed medicines give you.  This one would make it very difficult for me to go outside in the heat for any length of time, gave me, made my scalp tingle and almost burn with the intensity, and caused little red dots or petechiae, to appear all over my legs, among other problems.  Now I don’t know about you, but knowing that those are essentially little capillaries leaking just under the skin did not sit well with me.  Not to mention that I’m not that old that I don’t have at least some vanity in how I look.  In short, I was not willing to continue using this medication as a solution.

Around the time I made this decision, a cousin talked to me about Young Living Essential Oils.  My husband and I have always been interested in the more natural approach to healing, so we were pretty open to the topic.  We decided to get into the oil business.  

Let me tell you, I can not begin to describe the surprise I encountered when I discovered the Peppermint Essential Oil worked for my migraines! I was ecstatic.  After a workout I rub a small bit on the back of my neck, and on occasion some on my forehead and wrists, if it was a particularly difficult workout.  The peppermint’s natural qualities cause the vessels to dilate.

It also gives a nice cooling effect to the areas, helping me cool down faster than before.  The first time it worked I really thought that it was a fluke but it’s been almost 3 weeks now and it has worked every time!

I’ll never go back to migraine relief prescriptions again!  

Peppermint Essential Oil from Young Living is some of the purest oils around and I’ll never be without this particular one in my purse ever again.  I know peppermint oil is one of the oldest natural medicines ever and it has many uses in different parts of the body.  

Have you ever used Peppermint Oil, and what do you use it for?  

How has it helped you? , comment below