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Peppermint essential oil is a natural headache relief remedy that works by inhibiting muscle contractions and stimulating blood flow.
Natural Headache Relief
We’re going back to basics here. We are reverting back to old remedies, natural remedies that actually work and that do not have negative side effects (if used safely).
These are natural remedies, like this natural headache relief remedy, that contains essential oils. The essential oil powerhouse used in this natural remedy for headache is peppermint essential oil.
How does peppermint essential oil work to ease headaches/migraines?
Peppermint essential oil works by inhibiting muscle contractions and stimulating blood flow. In addition, it is cooling, which is very helpful as well (my husband tells me that when he has a migraine, he feels as if his head is on fire).
Peppermint essential oil is also calming and numbing. Finally, peppermint essential oil has pain-relieving properties.
Test#1 – My husband suffers from migraines (that seem to be triggered when he does not get enough sleep). He used to take Naproxen, aka Aleve, but it only ever relieved the pain, and that was if he took it first thing in the morning when he could sense he was going to get a migraine. Otherwise, medications (Ibuprofen as well) do not work at all for him.
I dislike using modern medicine unless absolutely necessary; I always encourage him to try a natural remedy.
When my husband has a migraine it usually lasts all day. He goes to bed with a migraine and we just hope it is gone when he wakes up the following morning.
So, after some research, I began experimenting with peppermint essential oil. To start, I put some (distilled) water and a few drops of peppermint essential oil into my much-loved essential oil diffuser and let it run for at least an hour. Much to my surprise, if his migraine is not completely debilitating, it often works to ease his pain.
My husband sometimes still experiences some pain and discomfort from the migraine, but often his symptoms improve and he feels some relief. I love natural cures for common ailments!
Test#2 – Whenever I have a headache (usually a tension headache), I use my headache roll-on on my forehead, my temples and I dab a little bit under my nose. It never fails to obliterate my headache, typically, in a matter of minutes…seriously!
Although I’ve used this method numerous times, I am still pleasantly surprised each time. It is now my go-to ‘medicine’ for natural headache relief (as well as menstrual cramps, back pain and more). I use it every time I have a headache, and it always works.
Precautions when using peppermint essential oil
*Please read my disclaimer.
Peppermint essential oil should not be taken orally (it is different from a tincture which is considered safe to take orally). This is a bit controversial. Some people think it is safe to take orally. I say, it’s better to be safe than sorry but, use at your own risk.*
Peppermint oil should not be given to children under 6, neither orally nor topically (meaning applied to the skin). The reason for this is because it can cause their breathing to become slow.
Some people propose that women who may become pregnant, who are pregnant or who are breastfeeding should not use peppermint oil either. This is controversial as well – some say it is safe, some say it is not. Again, use at your own risk.
Peppermint oil may interact with certain medications; you should always speak to your doctor before using any essential oil.
How to use peppermint essential oil to ease headaches/migraines
- You can add peppermint oil to an essential oil diffuser. As I mentioned, just add a few drops to some distilled or boiled water and let it run for at least an hour.
- Or you can try my headache roll-on recipe:
- 10 mls of fractionated coconut oil
- 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil
Pour coconut oil into a 10 ml roll on bottle.
Add essential oils.
Give a little shake.
Apply to forehead and temples as needed.*
I usually dab a bit under my nose as well and sometimes my husband applies it to the back of his neck (when he has a migraine his neck often hurts as well).
*I always play it safe with essential oils and recommend never taking them orally.
*Test a small area of your skin before applying generously. If this irritates your skin, you could try a different carrier oil.
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Have you tried peppermint essential oil for headaches/migraines? Do you use other natural headache relief methods? Share your comments below.
I wish you health and happiness! 🙂