So the weather outside is frightful… no, really. Here in the lovely south we are perpetually caught somewhere between extreme heat and less extreme heat with a dash of so-called “cold” here and there. And the floods, don’t forget the floods. Allergens are almost always at play tempered only by the not-so-subtle changes in barometric pressure which, for some of us, can be just as debilitating. Sounds fun, right? I’ve struggled with headaches and migraines my entire life despite lifestyle, dietary, and geographic changes. In doing so, I’ve learned a few workarounds that have helped me but I am ALWAYS on the lookout for more.
There are three products in particular that I have been eyeballing for a while and I finally sought them out and brought them home to test them. I’ve been using these products with some regularity for about two weeks now and I plan on continuing to use them for at least 6-8weeks to really see if they have an effect.
(1) Pure Magnesium Oil. To read more about the importance of magnesium and/or the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, click HERE. Health.com states the “U.S. Department of Agriculture dietary surveys show about half of all Americans are taking in less of it than they should.” That’s a lot! I do take a magnesium capsule supplement and I have noticed some changes since I’ve been taking it over the last year or so but it’s far from a miracle cure for my headaches and/or hypersensitivity to the pressure changes. Regardless, I’ll take what I can get. With this oil spray, suggested use is to spray along the soles of your feet for best absorption. I put it on before bed or in the morning on my days off and I’ll pad around in fuzzy socks. I will say I have noticed a difference since I’ve been using this oil. The effects are more consistent and relief comes sooner than with the capsules. I purchased this 12oz bottle for $19.95 at Amazon.com from a company called Seven Minerals.
(2) Natural Baltic Amber. Have you seen those babies with the cute amber necklaces and wondered what the trend was? I have. I’ve seen several children sporting the same or similar beaded necklaces along with their organic onesies and their wooden toys and wondered why so many moms were using them. As it turns out, these cute beads are small bits of natural Baltic amber which have healing properties, specifically in regards to pain management–they use them for teething! “Amber contains succinic acid, a natural analgesic and healing agent… [it] will warm against your body and the succinic acid will be absorbed through your skin helping with pain relief. Used for centuries, Baltic Amber has been used for a variety of ailments from teething pain to arthritis. Scientific research has shown that succinic acid has a very positive influence on the human body. It improves immunity and the balance of acids when absorbed into the bloodstream, it stimulates the thyroid glands to help reduce drooling and soothe inflamed areas. Amber’s anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties are recognized by allopathic medicine as a natural analgesic (pain reliever), which can help to relieve many painful conditions.”
Now I will say that when I was doing research on this particular item, I read a review from a scientist who more or less debunked the whole notion. But not enough to deter me from trying it; even if it doesn’t work out as a pain reliever, I think amber is rather beautiful so it’s still a win. According to amber-teething-necklaces.com “real amber is technically not a gemstone or mineral, but instead is fossilized sap from prehistoric trees that grew as far back as almost fifty million years ago, primarily in Scandinavia and elsewhere around the Baltic Sea. It is generally accepted that the amber from the Baltic region is the world’s finest. Baltic amber is a fossilized tree sap… [that] is 30-50 milion years old… [and] is mined in the Baltic sea. The origin of amber is Baltic Sea, Yantarny, near Kaliningrad (Russia), former Prussia (Palmnicken). This small Baltic region holds 90% of all world deposits of high quality amber.” Ultimately, I purchased my 18″ amber necklace in polished cognac for $27.95 from Umai Amber Jewelry off of amazon.com. I wish the strand were longer and I’m debating purchasing a second strand so that I can double the one I have. But this is more a matter of personal preference than actual effectiveness. I’ve not yet noticed any pain alleviation from this jewelry so I’m more apt to believe the science behind the debunk but again, I like amber so I’m not terribly put off by this.
(3) Ashwagandha. Huh? I know, right? Pronounced awsh-wuh-gone-duh “commonly known as Indian ginseng, ashwagandha is a plant that has an important place in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine. Its significance is based on the wide number of medicinal properties and health benefits it has to offer. In fact, ashwagandha has been used to treat everything from fatigue, infections, degenerative ailments to mood disorders by practitioners.” Stress, tension, lack of sleep… all contributors to headaches, migraines, and general pain or unease. We all have stressors in our lives and over the last several years mine seem to have increased tenfold. I do what I can in my downtime to take care of myself but there are other ways in which I can guard myself against the effects of stress and taking supplements is one of them. I have been a firm believer in herbal and natural supplements since I was taught as a small child by my mother and it’s something that has carried with me into my adult life. While I do utilize various teas to help calm and decompress in addition to St. John’s Wort, I am always up to try new or additional herbs and natural remedies. This one has such deep roots in medicinal history that I leapt at the change to try it. While I have not felt any immediate relief, I can tell the days when I’ve taken it and when I haven’t. I have more focused energy and less fogginess which allows me to look beyond extraneous detail and minimal stressors to perceive situations as they are. I’m curious to see how this plays out over the next few months. I purchased a 90count bottle of Ashwagandha capsules for $17.70 as part of my amazon.com order along with the other two items.
So here we are. Roughly two weeks later and I can safely say that we have nearly run the gamut of southern weather. We are in the early stages of another whiplashing cold front after having had hot, dry cedar fever and suffocating humidity and I have only been down for the count for maybe 2 or 3 days of this. While I’ve still felt the pressure changes and the fun pains that go with them, I was not as stricken as I believe I would have been without having made some of these changes. Is this just a placebo effect? Possibly. Does it matter to me as I type this with a dull ache behind my left eye? No. I want it to work, so I’m hoping it does. If y’all have used any of these products, or others, and would love to share your wisdom please comment below or send me a message! I’d love to try some alternative methods if you have them. As for me, I’ll check in with y’all in another few weeks with an update to see where we stand with these three remedies. Until then, fam, I wish you all good things–always. xo