Today was one of those days that I woke with the threat of a headache. Last night was intense, as we sat with our middle-schooler and supported her as she shared her fears of being bullied at school. Emails were sent and calls were made and I tossed and turned thinking of our meeting with the principal this morning.
The meeting went well and things felt a bit more under control, but my mood and the day were still grey and the cold rain pored down. My head started to throb. Exhausted, I looked at Jeb and said, "I may actually need to take something."
Here's the thing: I am the biggest headache baby! Due to some ingrained poor postural habits, I'm susceptible to tension headaches and they debilitate me. I can't tolerate life. If I don't stay active, I'm setting myself up for a whopper.
Well, I haven't been active and my kids aren't making life easy. Jeb, exhausted himself, agreed that this might be the time to turn to some over-the-counter help. He told me to go get some Tylenol and recommended a dosage.
I went straight to the grocery store (because, of course, I had to get some food for the masses, and they would have medications, too). As I stood at the deli counter, my head pounded. I felt a little nauseous from the pain. I leaned over my cart as I waited for my sliced turkey and rubbed my temples and then I remembered! I had my Bali bag with me! (this is may travel storage bag, FREE for those looking to explore these oils with me with a kit.)
I pulled it out and ran the Past Tense over my temples and along the base of my skull, then over my shoulders. I pulled out the Digest Zen and took a drop...same with the Copaiba.
I grabbed my turkey and wheeled my cart away. Not five steps in and I realized that I FELT BETTER! I honestly was shocked! How could I forget that I have these tools? Life sweeps me away and I get in panic mode and forget about the tools I have right at my finger tips! I could have wept with relief!
I went about my shopping and headed out the door. I was halfway to my car when I realized that I forgot the Tylenol! I had to laugh out loud! that was the whole reason for my trip to the store in the first place!
I got in the car and reapplied my oils.
Small amounts, more frequently is the key to effectiveness with these plant medicines. I did not want that tension to revisit!
Past Tense is DoTERRA's tension blend. It is an amazing blend of wintergreen, lavender, peppermint, frankincense, cilantro, roman chamomile, marjoram, basil, and rosemary. Wintergreen's main component is methyl salicylate. Methyl salicylate is a topical analgesic, meaning it relieves pain when applied to the body. Yes, I'll take that!
I've already raved about Franky and lavender and Copaiba. Roman chamomile is incredible, too. This essential oil is composed primarily of esters, ranging from 66% to 78%. Ester rich oils are antispasmodic, anti inflammatory, calming to the CNS, and sedative. Yes, thank you, layer it on! You can read about the rest of these synergistic ingredients here.
Digest Zen's antispasmodic blend of oils are very effective for relieving occcasional nausea or tummy upset and it smells so soothing and yummy.
Some deep breathing, a few more applications of my oils and some gentle yoga and I was myself again.
I did end up getting some Tylenol just to have in our medicine drawer. It's good to have a full bag of tricks and I am respectful of them all. Now, if I can just remember to use them!