Migraine headaches are much too common, and while the causes are often complicated,
they frequently include stress, hormones, and even food triggers. They go far beyond
a “normal” headache and can be excruciatingly painful. Many migraine sufferers also
experience nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity.
Peppermint essential oil (mentha arvensis) helps to cool and relax the muscles in the
forehead because the main active components of peppermint oil, menthol and menthon,
act as a topical analgesic. Peppermint oil can provide itself as a welcome natural remedy
for migraines and there are a variety of ways to experiment with it to provide much needed
relief, as well as potential prevention, from these debilitating headaches.
At the very onset of symptoms, place 2-3 drops of peppermint oil on the tips of fingers and
gently rub the oil into your forehead and temples, using a circular motion. Repeat every two
to three hours. For those with sensitive skin, dilute the peppermint oil with 1 tsp. of almond
or olive oil.
Sprinkle 2-3 drops of peppermint oil onto a handkerchief, tissue, or a light piece of soft,
clean cloth. Bring the piece of cloth up to your nose, and inhale deeply to soothe nasal
passages and quell headache pain.
If you are without a cloth, place 2-3 drops on palms, rub vigorously together, cup around
nose and mouth, and deeply inhale for the same soothing effect.
Add several drops (5-10) of peppermint oil to one cup of hot water and slowly sip this
drink. This method is two-fold, assisting in migraine relief, as well as the accompanying
nausea and potential vomiting.
Add three to five drops of peppermint oil to the warm water before getting into the tub.
Remain in the tub for as long as you desire, freshening the soak with more warm water and
peppermint oil as needed.
Raising the temperature of the hands and feet by soaking them in warm water helps to
“short-circuit” a migraine headache by properly regulating circulation throughout the body.
Add 3-5 drops of peppermint oil to the water to help increase this effect.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.