Can essential oils help with migraines and stress? BritMums blogger and long-term migraine sufferer Lauretta Wright @HomeandHorizon, put GO2’s Inhaler Sticks developed from natural ingredients to help users relax, fall asleep, focus and energise to the test.
Note: Product was gifted in exchange for this review. All opinions are the blogger’s own.
Sense of smell and migraines are connected
Smell is a big thing to me; in fact, it’s huge. I only discovered a couple of years ago that I have something called hyperosmia. This is a heightened and hypersensitive sense of smell that has been associated with a number of medical conditions, including migraine, which I think mine originally stemmed from.
I’ve had migraines since I was about 12 years old and they’ve affected me most of my life. Smells can make the migraines worse – and they can even bring on a migraine. For example, just sitting next to someone wearing musky perfume on a train has led me to having a severe migraine attack. It’s very debilitating and has meant that I’ve always got to think ahead and take precautions (usually a scarf) to avoid any migraine-inducing smells.
So when I heard of GO2’s new essential oil inhaler sticks – all natural – I was intrigued. As the brainchild of brothers Marc and Benjamin Shipman, the essential oils can help you to relax, fall asleep, focus and energise.
The science of scent
So, how does it work? Well, when inhaled, the olfactory receptors in the nose are activated, sending signals to the higher regions on the brain, neocortex and limbic system, and it’s the limbic system that sends messages to the hypothalamus that sends messages around the body.
Do essential oil inhaler sticks really work?
As a busy mum of two, who also runs a publishing company, runs a separate blog and is battling cancer, I need all the help I can get. So I’ve been trialing the inhaler sticks for a couple of weeks now – and I really do rate them.
Just like that menthol inhaler can help when you’ve trying to battle a cold, the essential oil sticks – Focus, Sleep, B Calm and Energy have really made me acknowledge when I need them – and what I need them for, whether it’s aiding with sleep or dealing with my popcorn brain as I like to call it! Not only that, but they’ve also encouraged a more mindful me. Since using them, I have tended to look inwards to acknowledge how I’m feeling and what I need right there and then.
For example, two days after my weekly chemo, I have a huge slump in energy, so the energy stick really helps with this. When I’m working and I have too much going on in my head I use the ‘focus’ stick – just a couple of quick inhales, while the Sleep stick has promoted a more restful sleep – especially when the steroids have fought to keep me awake!
What I really appreciate is that the product is made using essential oils. As you can appreciate, my lifestyle has changed quite a bit since my diagnosis and I’m keen to avoid any unnecessary chemicals in my day-to-day life.
What else can essential oils help with?
Here’s a quick breakdown of essential oils and what they’re good for:
- Eucalyptus– promotes healthy circulation, stimulates mental focus and promotes clear breathing
- Peppermint – promotes energy and alertness
- Lemongrass – promotes blood circulation to combat fatigue
- Rosemary – boosts memory retention and staying alert
- Lime – clears the mind and encourages mental energy
- Lavender – promotes relaxation
- Bergamot – boosts the mind and eases worries
- Cardamom – calms the respiratory system and digestive system
- Frankincense – creates a sense of inner peace and contentment
- Red mandarin – has revitalising qualities and supports a restful sleep
Each stick lasts around three months, enough to see you through a whole season.
GO2 inhaler sticks can be purchased for £3.99 from theGo2brand.com.