My Go To Migraine Cocktail: Safe For Pregnancy/Nursing

Have you heard the term “Migraine Cocktail”? In short, it is a combination of drugs, usually over the counter that can help with migraines.

They are especially helpful if you can’t afford another migraine medication, forgot to fill your prescription (it happens, I have done it more than I like to say), are pregnant or nursing, or about a million other reasons!

My Go To Migraine Cocktail - Living the Diagnosis


I am going to outline my go to type, and the way to “tweek” it to make it safe for pregnancy/nursing.

The first thing I do is drink at least 24 oz of WATER.

Next, I get my essential oil concoction ready.

1 Pump of carrier oil (I use fractionated coconut oil)
2 drops Peppermint Oil
2 drops Lavender Oil
1 drop Eucalyptus Oil

Mix together in my palm and apply to temples, sides of head, behind ears and back of my neck.

Then take:

600 mg Ibuprofen
1000 mg Tylenol
130 mg Caffeine (honestly, I take this with about 2 oz of black coffee, so not sure how much I actually get).
50 mg Benadryl (in the pink box)

From here it is up to you what to do next. Most times, I don’t take this unless I have help to watch my children and can lay down and sleep, as this is my “knock it out, but I’m gonna be knocked out” cocktail.

To make this safe for pregnancy/nursing:

Drink twice the amount of water (I know, you already have to pee all the time, but it really does help).
DO NOT take the Ibuprofen
Use 1 drop of each of the essential oils

A couple notes I’d like to add:

Concerning the Benadryl, I’m talking Diphenhydramine HCl, the one in the pink box. DO NOT USE ANY OF THOSE COMBOS THAT HAVE ADDITIONAL ACETAMINOPHEN.

There are studies that say you SHOULD NOT use essential oils during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Some say you should avoid Peppermint and Lavender oil during pregnancy, so by all means, only use the oils if you feel like it is the best decision for you.

And as always, I am not a doctor, heck, I don’t even play one on T.V… 

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