I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
I am constantly getting the worst headaches. They can be
triggered by a poor night of sleep, a long bike ride wearing my backpack, a
drive in the car--anything.
It's a pretty constant struggle, and though I've
tried, I've really never been able to pinpoint where they come from. I also do
my very best to avoid taking painkillers (for a long time I took Advil daily),
so most days I just struggle through.
The constant pressure and soreness makes
me feel a little insane sometimes, and once and a while (when a particularity
evil headache strikes) I'll just burst into tears for no apparent reason. It's like all
the water in my body builds up inside my head.
I've tried a few natural remedies, none of which really
provided a long-term solution. Yoga and massages seem to help a lot (though
they makes things a lot worse first), but I don't have endless funds to throw
at a regular schedule for these things. Sleep helps, but napping in the middle
of the day isn't always possible. The list of solutions that don't really work
goes on and on...
The other day, I was out picking up a candle for a friend's
birthday present, and I stumbled upon Province
Apothecary's Therapeutic Roll-On Headache
Remedy. Packaged in a blue glass tube, it claimed to help calm a headache
if rolled on your temples and the back of your neck (the company's founder
later told me I should also put it into my hair/scalp for quicker absorption
into the bloodstream).
I studied the tester, looked at the $16 price tag, and tried
to convince myself it was a bad idea. “You don’t need any cosmetics today,” I
told myself. “You’re becoming an addict!”
But as I wandered around the small store, eyeing Catbird rings
and Dieppa Restrepo loafers, I kept coming back to the Province Apothecary
The little rows of therapeutic roll-ons were tempting me. A special
oil to aid sleep? To calm the nerves? All three of the tiny cylinders enticed
me, but none as much as headache relief.
I grabbed the tester, and rolled some
liquid onto my skin where the instructions told me to. I then bought the
candle, and walked out. If my headache goes away, I thought, I’ll put it on
my Christmas list.
Fifteen minutes later I walked back into the store and greedily
snapped up the very last bottle they had in stock. My headache had dulled,
subdued by the magic of this mystical headache roll-on perfume-type thing. I
felt the pain lifting, and that pressure that incessantly resides behind my
eyes started to fade.
For me, this relief was nothing short of wizardry.
I’ve been using the roll-on daily, every time a headache
strikes, and I am overjoyed to report it really has worked for me. I also feel
super-happy to be supporting a small local brand!
Province Apothecary is a Toronto-based organic skincare line. Started up by Julie Clark, a holistic health practitioner and aromatherapist, Province Apothecary uses natural plant based
ingredients to balance and beautify. She also has an adorable little spa where
you can get facials and such, which I’ve yet to visit (I am so visiting soon).
Headache Remedy is a crafty (as in witchcrafty) blend of peppermint oil, lavender oil, sunflower seed
oil, basil oil, black pepper oil and lemon balm. It rolls on nice and light,
and though I can’t promise it will help you like it has helped me, I absolutely
recommend giving it a try if your head always feels like it’s going to
explode. It might just provide the healing magic you’ve been looking for.
This is currently only a special order item, so contact them to order a hand-blended bottle.