Peppermint Oil: Nature’s Headache and Migraine Cure

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Essential oil of peppermint

Headaches and migraines can be painful and come with unpleasant symptoms such as nausea and light sensitivity. While it may be habitual to reach for over-the-counter medications to relieve tension, there is an affordable, natural way to achieve the same results but without introducing foreign substances to your body. Some over-the-counter prescription medications used to treat headaches and migraines can contain harmful chemicals that can cause further health problems after prolonged use and the body can become accustomed to the medication, lowering their effectiveness. Peppermint essential oil works with your body to provide headache and migraine relief in fewer than 30 minutes and is a great all-natural way of helping your body keep headache and migraine symptoms at bay.

Peppermint essential oil is an herbal extract of the peppermint plant, Mentha piperita with its medicinal uses well documented. With the main active components being menthol and menthon, this essential oil provides a cooling effect, calming the body, reducing stress, and lowering the symptoms of headaches. Most noted for its aid in headaches, peppermint essential oil can also be used as a natural remedy for depression, anxiety, and nervous conditions making it very useful to keep it home.

Massage the oil into the forehead, back of the jaw and temples for maximum headache relief in 30 minutes or less. Due to the strength of the peppermint oil, one to three drops total will be sufficient for most individuals. If you have more time, adding 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil to a warm bath can be a great choice if trying to relive head tension and stress after a long day.

If you don’t own peppermint essential oil, drinking peppermint tea straight or mixed with chamomile can help, and since both are herbal blends, they contain no caffeine, making it easy to fall asleep after if consumed in the evening.

It’s important to note, that while peppermint tea can be consumed, peppermint essential oil cannot. Likewise, peppermint oil, often used for cooking, and peppermint essential oil are two different products, and peppermint essential oil should be kept in a dark, cool place.

Peppermint essential oil can be purchased at most drugstores and specialty bath shops where essential and massage oils are sold. Ranging between $4-$16 on average, investing in this oil is a great alternative to over-the-counter medication and can aid in helping the body distress and relax far beyond what medication can provide.


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