My Journey to Wellness

After graduation, I moved to Shanghai to study Mandarin for 6 months. It was an amazing experience (seriously, you need to go visit!) and I need to go back ASAP, but I digress. One day I was walking back from school with my headphones in and I stepped out onto the street. There wasn’t a traffic light at this intersection but there was a pedestrian crosswalk. Now if you’ve visited Asia before you’d know that unlike Vancouver, pedestrians never have right of way (even at an intersection!) but me being the new expat that I was ignored it and stepped out anyway. The next thing I remember I was spread eagle on the street and next to me was an old lady on her scooter screaming (what I think were) profanities. Her moped had a tiny scratch on it from when she ran me over, leaving me completely bloody and scratched up on the side of the road.

A few hours and a quick doctors visit later, I was back at home and feeling well enough, all considering. A migraine hit me a few days later, but having never had one before, I brushed it off and attributed it to forgetting to drink enough water that day. But then it happened the next day. And the next. And it when on for weeks. What’s worse, it came with throbbing pain behind my eyes, around the halo of my head and at the base of my skull. I was dizzy any time I moved my head too fast and don’t get me started on the ensuing vertigo. The mood swings came next; from happy one minute to screaming the next, I put poor Reid through the wringer. The only thing that mildly helped was Advil but within 2 weeks the bottle I had carried with me from Canada was empty, and I was left with the migraine AND a sensitive stomach.

It was at this point that I called my parents in tears, and after a long discussion decided it was best that I drop out of classes and return home to Canada. The moment I landed I made appointments with my chiropractor, physiotherapist and naturopath, and all of them came to the immediate and unanimous conclusion that I had experienced a whiplash-induced concussion, and everything I had felt for the past couple of months was all symptomatic of that trauma.

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I can’t tell you how relieving it was to finally discover the source of the problem. But the next big challenge was how to “cure” it and in doing so deal with the pain. I knew Advil wouldn’t work and also to avoid caffeine, but that was about it. Luckily I had an amazing team on my side, and with a combination of regular chiropractor appointments, physiotherapy sessions (to correct my posture and strengthen the muscles that hold my head up), as well as acupuncture managed to keep the symptoms at bay most of the time.

The other thing that helped me anytime my symptoms flared up was the Peppermint Halo from Saje Natural Wellness. The moment I felt even an ounce of pain in my head or neck, I immediately rolled that sucker all over my head, neck and shoulders, and waited for the tingling sensation to soothe and ease away the throbbing.

To this day, the Peppermint Halo is the only tried-and-actually-works remedy for my chronic pain. Years have gone by and I’ve learned to recognize the triggers — stress and poor posture are my biggies — and so I always carry AT LEAST one roller in my bag just in case. I’ve gone through countless bottles of the stuff, but unlike Advil, don’t feel bad about going through it so fast or fear any physical repercussions from using it so much. I truly can’t say enough about this company, their products and their natural healing abilities. I’m starting to feel like a personal pharmacy at this point; I have so much of their stuff and love to tinker with combinations. From deodorant to pain relief to sleeping aids, Saje has it all — and to cap it off, it’s all natural so you don’t have to worry about what you’re putting on or in your body as you recover and heal from whatever ails you.

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So to share the love with you and to help #SpreadWellness, I’m giving away my favourite, the Peppermint Halo, as well as the Pain Release Kit to one lucky reader (must be in North America to be eligible to win)! Keep scrolling to find out how to enter.

I like to roll the Peppermint Halo on my forehead, starting from ear all the way to the other ear, following my hairline.

I also roll it along the back of my neck in combination with the Pain Release Roller (in the kit!). If my headache persists, I also mist myself with the Pain Release Mist and try to take a steaming hot bath with the Pain Release Salt Soak; I also like to add an extra 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Epsom Salts to my bath (told you I tinker!).

If the pain is bad I tend to get anxious so to soothe myself I lather the Stress Release roller all over my inner wrists. Bonus: with comforting lavender, Roman chamomile and a zing of uplifting orange, this stuff smells (extra*) amazing!

*Because all Saje products smell great, no joke.

Win a Peppermint Halo and Pain Release Kit from Saje Natural Wellness valued at $65! Here’s how to enter:
  1. Follow @msanadouglas and @sajewellness on Instagram.
  2. Tag a friend in the Comments of my Instagram giveaway photo.
  3. For a bonus entry, leave a comment on this blog post with your best headache remedy!

The contest is open to anyone in North America and will close at 11:59pm PST on Monday, February 13th. Winner will be announced Wednesday, February 15th on Instagram. Good luck!



  1. Janelle S
    February 9, 2017 / 6:42 am

    Oh I absolutely love the headache remedy from Saje! It’s in my purse at all times! Maybe a lemon water also 🙂

  2. Alessia
    February 9, 2017 / 7:47 am

    Love this giveaway Ana! I find that just getting outdoors and exercising often helps me get rid of a headache.

  3. RT
    February 9, 2017 / 8:32 am

    As a preggie I can’t take most medications for migraines that I’ve had since I was a teen. Saje has been my saviour! I’ve fallen in love with both peppermint halo and pain release.

  4. Amy Michaels
    February 9, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Water and a nap!

  5. Colleen
    February 12, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    I used to get these horrible migraines. In fact I was going through a bottle or two of Motrin per month. Then I discovered that the cause of my problem was actually sleep apnea. I know sleep with a machine that takes care of the apnoea and I don’t get headaches as frequently. But every now and then I still get a migraine. My solution is very similar to yours. Our usage as well. I also have their pen I really like that peppermint pen, I use it on my head when the pain comes on. The one thing that works for me that’s really strange and quite uncommon is heat. I use a heating pad wrapped around my head & I rest. It really works! Sorry to hear about your migraines, but glad to hear you have learned your triggers. You might want to get a diffuser too. We find running a diffuser in our bedroom at night with eucalyptus really helps us sleep better.

    • Colleen
      February 12, 2017 / 3:35 pm

      Sorry about the odd weird sentence & spelling. I was getting all fancy & spoke my answer into my iphone. ?

  6. Lindsay Feitsma
    February 13, 2017 / 12:46 am

    Baths are my ultimate healer! A little heat and soak can go a long way 🙂

  7. Shelby Widmer
    February 13, 2017 / 6:24 am

    I am looking forward to trying some Saje products out! I often get headaches around changing seasons. I’ve found putting pink Himalayan salt under my tongue can help.

  8. Miriam
    February 13, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Lots of water and an early bedtime make all the difference for me! Excited to try out saje wellness soon though!!

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