I have migraine headaches. I remember having them when I was a very little girl. They can be debilitating and can affect every aspect of your life. I have done the drug route and still do - I take medicine every day of my life to prevent them and it works pretty well. But I still average about 10 a month - yep 10 a month - that's down from 30 so I'm ok with that and they're less severe in the last 10 years - no trips to the hospital anymore. They have gotten more manageable as I've gotten older and I know when its going to happen so I can treat myself with low key over the counter pain meds and they do a fair job. But, I would love to wake up every day without a headache. Anyway, I'm grateful for the days when I feel good but I always want to feel better and always want to take less medication so I started reading research and all natural treatments for migraine headaches when I discovered Magnesium.
I keep hearing that we are all magnesium deficient and need to supplement our diet with increased amounts of foods that contain magnesium and take our vitamins. There is a reported correlation between magnesium deficiency and migraine headaches. People are discussing this with their doctors and physicians are including magnesium supplementation as a treatment plan. Oral magnesium supplementation, though, can have this little side effect of gastric distress i.e. diarrhea. I read some studies discussing results that report transdermal absorption of magnesium is more beneficial than swallowing magnesium supplements. Wow, I can rub vitamins on my skin and don't have to swallow that huge hard pill? Reading all of this and wanting to take less medication I decided to create magnesium lotion. I'm trying it out. Of course I'll try it for a while before I turn it loose in the LoveBodySoap store. I hope to have good things to report because I would love to be able to help those of you out there with an all natural migraine headache lotion that helps. I'll let you know.
Yes - Im posting recipes on our LoveBodySoap site. We love to eat healthy too.
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Cathy’s Delicious Dutch Apple Bread
This recipe is gluten free, dairy free and nut free… it is not calorie free – that’s why its sooo good.
½ cup coconut oil (in its solid state)
1 cup granulated sugar (separated ¾ and ¼ )
½ cup coconut milk – I used the canned variety
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ tsp cinnamon (separated 1 tsp and ½ tsp)
2 cups gluten free all purpose flour (I use Bob’s 1 to 1 all purpose flour)
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 ½ cups diced apples (mix varieties i.e granny smith, gala, etc.)
5 Tbsp solid coconut oil (chilled in fridge)
¼ c gluten free all purpose flour
2 TBSP granulated sugar
2 TBSP brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
Put all ingredients in a bowl and blend with a pastry blender till crumbly. Set aside.
Peel core and dice apples
Mix ¼ c sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon and stir into apples – set aside
Mix dry ingredients – 2 cups all purpose flour, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp baking powder in a bowl and set aside
Cream solid coconut oil with reserved ¾ cup sugar in mixer till a creamy blend
Add eggs one at a time beating after each addition
Add coconut milk – mixture may look like it is separating and watery – its ok
Add dry ingredients and mix till incorporated and thoroughly mixed together – it will look thick – that’s ok
Stir in apple mixture by hand
Pour (you will have to pat it in) into a greased and floured 8 inch loaf pan ( I just use PAM)
Crumble topping all over the top
Bake in the middle of a 350 oven for 55 – 60 minutes Let cool and remove from pan
You can put a drizzle on top ½ cup powdered sugar 2 Tbsp coconut milk and ½ tsp vanilla
Store leftovers (if there are any) in an airtight container – gluten free baked goods tend to dry out quicker.
If you want to use butter instead of coconut oil use the same proportions. You can also use nuts if you want – ½ chopped pecans or walnuts stirred in with the apples in the beginning of the recipe.
So I made body lotion to re-stock the shelves and in the process of filling containers and placing to the side to wait for lids to be place on, I picked up a container (with very slick hands) and it promptly flew out of my hand and splatted all over the work table. After grumbling and laughing at myself, I cleaned it up and (not being one to waste good lotion) was glad to have some to take home with me. I decided to use it in the shower and well..... omg its awesome in the shower. Put it on while you're wet, rub it in and rinse. My dry itchy winter skin has never felt better.
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