Last year my husband and two boys were on their way up to Vashon Island for NVC Family Camp in my mini-van. As they were exiting the I-5 they were rear ended by an SUV. While my husband and older son were not too badly effected my youngest son Dax who was in the furthest back has suffered with migraines since the accident.
When a parent sees their child laying on the floor screaming in pain as they clutch their head it’s a heartbreaking. The times I have felt helpless have been few but this is that moment when all that comes over you is to stop the pain. We have been to doctors, chiros, cranial sacral therapist, done energy work, adjusted diet (if you know me, you know we eat really well – no gluten, no dairy, whole foods, etc but I became even more vigilant).
I am always studying, reading, searching, asking for answers, not just for my son but for every single client and anyone who ever asks me about a holistic approach to help them with something. I keep searching because I know there is a solution to the root of the problem – not just a pill to mask a symptom.
Recently in my studies in herbs I found a wonderful new book called Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee de La Foret. In it she describes essential kitchen herbs with a new light.
It was one paragraph that stood out – that of GINGER and it’s effects on migraines that had me excited.
While I couldn’t get my son to down straight ginger, I’ve started making more things with ginger. A ginger kefir “soda pop”. But my favorite is the Warm Gold Milk.
Here’s my recipe but I always encourage you to try your own and start building your own HEALING KITCHEN LAB NOTEBOOK!
Today I used 1 can of Organic Coconut Milk – full fat. I used 1 T of Coconut cream (oil) 2 teaspoons ginger (powder) 1 T turmeric (powder) 1 tiny pinch of black pepper (finely ground) in a saucepan. Warming, not quite a boil, Stirring constantly. Then I put the whole thing in my Vitamix and blended with about 1 T raw honey. Made 2 cups. Drink warm as this is so soothing but I think it is good when it’s cool too.
I’ve modified her Warm Golden Milk recipe a bit as my son cannot tolerate dairy of any kind and my other son cannot tolerate any pepper or capsicum. But the knowledge and this recipe has been not only a treat but a real solution to migraines for my son. I noticed since I began making and drinking this I have not suffered any migraines or any form of head ache which would sometimes occur weekly.
The most frustrating can be when you don’t know the cause – but knowing that ginger, and we use it in the form of the golden milk drink so turmeric is in there as well, I will continue to look into the properties of ginger and see what the root cause might be.
Since Ginger has a long history of use for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain and since I know ALL disease, illness stems from digestion in one form or another, this gives me more to work with.
We already know our digestion has been under attack since even when we are in the womb. With the understnading now that micro organism populate the gut and the intestines and anywhere we have an imbalance we will see problems. With the onslaught of over use and over prescribing of anti-biotics we are being attacked directly through this outdated thought process of doctoring.
That’s one more step to take back control of our health.
A few things I learned doing just a little more research on Ginger. I knew it was awesome but did you know? It’s been called “universal medicine” but don’t take my word for it. Here is another great book to take a look at.
The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs: The Most Complete Guide to Natural Healing and …
By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Michael Tierra