Oregano Oil and Migraine
What is migraine?
A migraine is a painful throbbing or pulsating headache usually localized in one side of the head. During migraine attacks, a person can also experience sensitivity to light and sound, as well as nausea and vomiting.
Migraine is usually triggered by specific things like anxiety, stress, hunger, sleeplessness, food, alcohol, tobacco smoke, weather changes, medications, exertion, hormonal changes and a lot more. Recognizing which triggers affect you is key to preventing migraine attacks.
How can oregano oil help relieve migraine attacks?
Up to now, the real cause of migraines is still poorly understood so it would be impossible to know what exactly is in oregano oil that’s able to halt its progression. However, with the various medicinal properties that oregano oil contains such as antioxidant (Raudonis, et al., 2009), anti-inflammatory (Landa, et al., 2009), analgesic/anesthetic (Valnet, 1982), antifungal (Kordali, et al., 2008), antibacterial (Lopez, et al., 2007), antiviral (Astani, et al., 2009), antiparasitic (Force, et al., 2000) and so on, it’s easy to believe how this magical herb can stop your migraine headache from progressing into a full blown attack right when you start to feel it.
How should you use oregano oil for your migraine?
Dilute 1 drop of wild oregano oil in 50 drops of extra virgin olive oil. We recommend putting it in a glass bottle with a dropper. At the first sign of migraine, place 1 to 2 drops of this diluted oregano oil solution under your tongue. You’ll feel a hot, slightly burning sensation in your mouth. Have a few sips of water to relieve it if you prefer, but within a few seconds, it’ll be gone and so will your headache.
Remember never to use oregano oil undiluted and always test a small patch of skin to determine if you are allergic to it or not to avoid any adverse effects. There’s also a chance that if you’re allergic to thyme, basil, mint or sage, you might be allergic to oregano as well and should not attempt to use it. Consult a doctor if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, have a medical condition or taking prescribed medications and supplements. Do not give this to very young children or the elderly.
More than 29.5 million Americans suffer from migraine. If you’re one of those people and have tried a lot of medications with no luck, oregano oil might just provide the answer you’re looking for to reduce the risk of frequent migraine attacks for good.
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