Peppermint Oil: Using peppermint oil for headaches June 11 2014
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 (numbing agent). Peppermint oil can provide itself as a welcome natural remedy for headaches and there are a variety of ways to experiment with it to provide much needed relief, as well as potential prevention.
How to use peppermint oil to treat 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.
Place 15-20 drops in 1 cup of cool water. Soak a soft washcloth in the mixture and gently place to cover the area. Hold it onto the forehead and repeat as necessary.
Make capsules containing peppermint oil. Add 10 drops of peppermint oil to each empty capsule and fill the rest with vegetable glycerin or olive oil. Take one capsule immediately at the onset of headaches. Wait 20 minutes and take an additional capsule if necessary.
For a quick fix, place 10-15 drops in a small glass of water and again, take immediately at the first sign of a headache.
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.
Place 2-3 drops on palms, rub vigorously together, cup around nose and mouth, and deeply inhale for the same soothing 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.
Peppermint Essential Oil - 15mL bottle
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