March 2, 2015

Soothing a Headache Without Medication

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a nice weekends!! I enjoyed my weekend with my friends in Cape May immensely, and I will be in tomorrow to share more about it.

One of the health concerns that I struggle with most of all is headaches and migraines. I've shared about it a couple times before, and I've come to accept that it is just going to be a part of my life. However, there are things that I can do to help make my life better, and there are things that I can do to reduce my dependence on medication. I don't want to be one of those people who has to reach for her bottle of Excedrin every time I have a headache.

Honestly, Advil does nothing for me anymore, and at one point I realized that I was taking four pills to have any sort of relief. That is so unhealthy, so I started to research some other, more natural methods of relief for headaches, so that I wouldn't be reaching for a medicine bottle every time I had a twinge in my head.

ice- When I have a headache, and I'm somewhere that I'm able to lay down, there is nothing better than to put an ice pack on my head. This is some of the best relief.

water- Making sure that I'm hydrated is key to soothing most headaches. Whenever I am starting to get a headache, I make sure to drink a bottle.

a nutritious snack- Sometimes, I will start to get a headache if I haven't eaten in a while. If I can eat a nutritious snack, I will feel a little bit better.

peppermint essential oil- One of the new tricks that I've discovered, especially when I have a lot of sinus congestion or pressure going on, is to rub a few drops of peppermint essential oil on my skin. It makes my head feel clearer and me feel more alert in general.

To relieve head pressure, rub 2 drops of peppermint oil on the temples, forehead, and on the sinuses. Be careful to avoid your eye area, because peppermint oil is very concentrated, and it will burn very badly!!

I was sent samples of InstaNatural Peppermint and Lemon Essential Oils. I absolutely love that these products are 100% pure essential oil. The lemon oil has a bright scent and is perfect for cleaning, and the peppermint oil is minty, fresh, and is perfect for soothing headaches and congestion.

Do you have any tips for soothing a headache without medication? Have you used peppermint essential oils to help headaches? Would you?

If you'd like to read some of my other posts about headaches, check out: 
How I Keep a Headache Journal
My Struggle With Migraines
I'm Scent-sitive

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  1. I get terrible headaches, too, though most of mine are sinus and tension related- not the mind-numbing migraines like you get! I pop a handful of Advil which is so ridiculous. I have considered trying essential oils and I think you've talked me into it! Glad you had a fun weekend!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this! I really hate taking medication unless I absolutely have to. Unfortunately I tend to take a bit for headaches so this really helps :)

  3. I hate taking medicine, too! I'm still an oil novice but I will have to try the peppermint oil the next time I get a headache. (Thankfully they don't happen too often!)

  4. I love the ice when my head is throbbing, too! And I try to resist the Advil until I'm miserable and then down 4 as well.....time for some new tricks!

  5. This is so useful! I use to taking meds for my headache, but I'm not of fan of taking a lot of medicine. So I will for sure try this the next time I have a headache.

  6. WHOA, peppermint essential oil??? I never thought of that! Anytime I get a migraine, it's nearly impossible for me to clear it without sleeping it off - a major bummer and inconvenience when it's the middle of the day! I'll have to pick up some oil and let it works its magic.

  7. Love love love this!! I am obsessed with peppermint and never thought to use it for headaches, thank you!

  8. I've been struggling with migraines for a long time now. I was taking Aleve for them and it barely touched them. I went to a neurologist for them and they wanted to put me on an antidepressant (I have no depression issues) to help with them. I was not comfortable with that so I did some research and found that most people are Magnesium deficient and that can cause migraines. So I started taking a supplement and it has REALLY helped. Now I only get the hormonal migraines around my menstrual cycle. Better than it was...I was getting them almost every other day prior to taking magnesium

  9. I've been hearing so much about essential oils - I really want to get some Lemon to perfume my house a bit but without all the chemicals.

  10. I get awful headaches this was good for me to read

  11. Another migraine sufferer hear. My friends that also have migraines, we call us the fellow headie club, lol. I have used the peppermint before and it does seem to help.

  12. Thanks! This also really works for congestion! I just had a terrible cold last week, and it was great for the sinus headaches.


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