Monday, May 13, 2013
Use Aromatherapy to Ease Migraine Pain
Aromatherapy, the theme of my latest book Scent to Kill: A Natural Remedies Mystery has a myriad of uses. But did you know that it can even help with a migraine? Over 30 million people in the United States have migraines, most of them women. The knife like, throbbing nature of a migraine virtually demands that you pay attention.
You may feel the pain of a migraine in your forehead, temple, ear, jaw, or around the eye, usually one side at a time. You may also be overly sensitive to lights, sounds, and smells. Aromatherapy can be a gentle remedy to help address the pain. My friend Jade Shutes of the The East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Education (www.theidea.com) recommends this natural remedy:
5 drops peppermint essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
1 tbsp aloe vera gel
Mix all in a small bowl. Apply to the temples and the back of the neck. Avoid the eye area.
Wash your hands after applying. But, if your headaches are interfering with daily activities, it’s time to see your health practitioner. Here's the scoop on my latest book!
Willow McQuade, naturopathic doctor, along with her hunky ex-cop boyfriend Jackson Spade, attend a party for a psychic TV show that is filming on Long Island’s idyllic East End. However, Willow is much more interested in visiting the estate’s lavender farm, seeking inspiration for the new aromatherapy workshops she'll be holding at her store, Nature’s Way Market & Café.
Before the party is over, Roger Bixby one of the producers is dead and the police suspect murder. Roger was working on the show, MJ’s Mind, with Carly Bixby, his ex-wife and the new girlfriend of Willow's ex from L.A., TV writer/producer Simon Lewis.
After Willow leaves the party, she gets a frantic text from Simon asking for her help. Since Simon had a fight with Roger earlier in the evening, and because of his death is now the primary shareholder in Galaxy films, Willow's ex becomes the prime suspect. Simon begs her to crack the case and clear him of the murder. MJ McClellan, the psychic and star of the show also asks Willow for help. She hires Willow to provide natural remedies, including aromatherapy, massage, acupuncture and yoga to soothe the agitated crew of her show.
To find the killer, Willow has to deal with ghosts in a haunted mansion, a truly dysfunctional family, death threats and “accidents,” while trying to untangle a homicide identical to one committed during prohibition. Thankfully, Jackson has been hired to provide security and is there to watch her back and help Willow solve this spooky mystery.
As a bonus, you’ll find dozens of natural aromatherapy cures throughout the book that can improve your health.
I'm the author of SCENT TO KILL, (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster) the second in the NATURAL REMEDIES MYSTERY series, DEATH DROPS: A Natural Remedies Mystery, the non-fiction title THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO NATURAL REMEDIES (Alpha, 2009), co-author of BEAT SUGAR ADDICTION NOW! (Fairwinds Press, 2010), currently in its fourth printing, the BEAT SUGAR ADDICTION NOW!COOKBOOK (Fairwinds Press, 2012) and THE COUNTRY ALMANAC OF HOME REMEDIES (Fairwinds, 2011) and this is my rescue doxie Wallander! My magazine articles featuring natural remedies have appeared in many national publications including Natural Health, Vegetarian Times, Better Homes & Gardens and Remedy. Visit www.chrystlefiedler.com.