About 30 years ago I was in a car accident that resulted in a fairly significant whiplash. I was sent to physical therapy, but I was in so much pain, I was told I needed to get the pain under control first so that I could tolerate the therapy. The answer of course was pain pills, muscle relaxants – all with side effects that did not work well with my body. Long story short, never was able to get enough physical therapy to matter. Needless to say, headaches and migraines just got worse. As the years went on, I went from daily headaches and occasional migraines that often resulted in visits to the ER. When the pain medication they gave me at ER stopped working, I knew there was more to this story.
After visiting about 5 different neurologists, and discovering that I was actually getting rebound reaction from the 6 aspirin-free Exedrin I was living off of, it was finally discovered that I was suffering from not only head and neck discomfort, but from Occipital discomfort. This was the discomfort that radiated from my left shoulder blade, up into my neck, into the back of my head and behind my left eye. Kind of felt like an icepick was being pounded into the back of my head 24/7. I tried acupuncture, acupressure, nerve blocks, trigger point injections, and Botox. Nothing worked longer than a month, and even that was just an easing of the discomfort, not a removal. Even traveled to Canada to receive treatments where 3′ long needles were pushed into my nerves – helped longer than the other treatments, but always came back. Probably the most painful treatment I have ever had – for only temporary relief!
Then, last October, we were introduced to a wonderful little sample packet of the Soothing Blend – a blend that has Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, Helichrysum and Osmanthus essential oils. I was suffering that night and had finally gone up to bed to just pray for sleep. I thought, why not try this Deep Blue – what have I got to lose? Rubbed it all over my back, shoulder, neck, back of my scull – got back in bed. Imagine my surprise when 10 minutes later, the discomfort was gone! Of course, I figured the aspirin finally kicked in. Nope, the same thing happened the next day. That’s when my husband and I realized we needed to get much closer to these oils! We got a Physicians Kit and started sharing! We have been using the oils for 6 months now, and my head and neck discomfort are virtually a thing of the past. Occipital discomfort is gone most days and when it does act up, oils calm it right down. My life has been changed and we love nothing more than sharing the oils…and my story!