I promised I'd be back to document the process of weaning off my migraine medication. If you haven't read my first post, stop by here first. It's only been a month, so while that's not a long period of time, it's a start. Got to start somewhere, right?
This post is about what I'm doing to level up my holistic support game as I wean off the migraine-preventive medication. I know that the weaning process can cause symptoms and side effects and I'm trying to make this transition as blissful as possible. I'm really excited to have developed a routine. It certainly gives me confidence as well as mind & body support as I tackle this this next path in my vestibular journey.
coming off migraine medication
Along with the holistic goodness I talk about below, I will be doing move + meditate workouts! There was a period last year when I was meditating and doing a yoga-type workout every single day. It felt truly amazing and I really found a more balanced state. It only took thirty minutes out of my day and I know as I dive deeper into coming off the med, I need to incorporate Kait Hurley workouts. I've been more sporadic in my workouts lately, making an effort to get in a city walk most days, but I plan to get back into the routine of working out as a way to start off my day. It just feels so damn good when I do- mind & body bliss! Pairing oils with the move + meditate sessions is dreamy.
While I slowly decrease the dosage of my migraine preventive medication, I'm using my essential oils + supplements to support my body in finding its balanced state (without the medicine) and combating any symptoms that may arise along the way. As I'm only a month in, I can't say that I've noticed any changes with the medicine decrease, and for that I'm so happy! I've been feeling fantastic. I've got a ways to go though. When I started the weaning process, I made a game-plan. Although I do not know how long this process will take, I do know what I'll be doing throughout it. I'm sure it will get shifted and upgraded as I go along, but I'm confident with this beautiful start.
the what & why of my natural treatment
I am a lover of pure plant essential oils. That's no secret. I started using oils in the months after I was diagnosed with vestibular neuritis, and three years later, I've never looked back. It has been one of the best decisions I've made for my wellness, especially in the throes of healing from a hellish vestibular condition.
I'm going to share the main holistic support I'm focusing on right now. My plan is to meet with a new neurologist soon and (hopefully) gain some insight on decreasing my dosage slowly but surely. If you're finding this post and wanting to do the same, awesome! Let's embark on this journey together. I recommend that you work with your doctor on the best way to wean off your particular migraine medication and the dosage decrease that you should follow. Then it's up to you to implement the beautiful holistic goodness to support YOU.
Ok, here I go!
what I'm doing as I wean off the migraine medication
ADAPTIV CALMING BLEND CAPSULES:
made of: blend of CPTG essential oils Lavender, Coriander, Wild Orange, and Fennel along with Sceletium, GABA, and Ahiflower. [note: GABA, helps promote relaxation.]
benefits: calms and promotes positive feelings; supports mood and helps improve state of mind; helps when acclimating to new surroundings and adapting to stressful situations; encourages relaxation; supports cognitive function and emotional balance; promotes mental well-being
how to: I take one Adaptiv Calming Blend Capsule daily to combat stress, tension, and occasional anxious feelings
ADAPTIV TOUCH (OIL BLEND):
made of: pure plant oils- Wild Orange, Lavender, Copaiba, Spearmint, Magnolia, Rosemary, Neroli, and Sweetgum in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil
benefits: helps boost mood; assists in centering; increases feelings of tranquility; soothes and uplifts; reduces feelings of anxiousness and tension
how to: I apply the roller to pulse points to help with feelings of balance; massage on my shoulders and neck to ease tension and relieve fatigue; and apply to hands, rub together, and inhale deeply as needed throughout the day; and roll on wrists and temples whenever I feel the need to gain composure quickly
made of: synergy of tumerones and curcuminoids, in order to maximize the effectiveness and benefits of both compounds for a healthy inflammatory response
benefits: combines the complementary benefits of both turmeric essential oil with the joint support of the curcuminoids of turmeric extract in a unique and convenient delivery system; helps support a healthy inflammatory response in the body (yes, please!)
how to: I take a capsule (with Copaiba described below) before bed. If I'm feeling a headache upon waking, I take a capsule in the morning as well
made of: copaiba resin
benefits: powerful antioxidant; soothes and supports the nervous system
how to: I take one softgel as needed, most often before bed with Turmeric capsule [note: I also take Copaiba if symptoms intensify, especially during a vestibular migraine attack]
made of: pure plant peppermint!
benefits: soothes/combats headache; invigorating; soothes stomach upset
how to: I apply Peppermint to my temples when I first wake-up in the morning, and as needed all throughout the day. It's my BFF oil ;)
The awesome thing about oils is although I'm using them to cater to my personal needs at this stage, they also support my overall glowing health. I love that!
I hope that you find this helpful and of course reach out if you have any questions!
Also, if you want to join in the fun, I've included a link below that makes it simple for you to purchase each of the products I describe above (and any other oils you may be excited about!). Note, doTERRA ships around the world, so if your home is outside the US, shoot me a quick message here and I'll help you order. Upon ordering, you'll also receive a note and little gift from me. Let me know if you're a Vestibular [and/or Migraine] Warrior too- I'd love to connect with you! Be sure to visit the Vestibular Warrior Wellness Hub.
Sending happy vibes your way!! See you next month with another update.