In this article we’ll discover how to use peppermint oil for headaches and migraines.
I will share with you 6 easy ways to unleash the natural power of this oil to fight headaches and migraines.
Peppermint oil will help relieving the symptoms of many types of headaches, including tension headaches, migraines and cluster headaches.
As indicated by the World Health Organization, around three-quarters of the world’s adult population are bound to suffer from a headache or rather migraine at least once every year. Even though these headaches might be termed as a common glitch that occurs in the nervous system, the disability, and pain that tags along with it are far from ordinary. As a matter of fact, severe or even frequent migraines can have a great impact on one’s quality of life, as they can be very debilitating. Serious underlying issues can be associated with headaches and migraine symptoms, which should therefore never be ignored.
Does peppermint oil really work in relieving headaches?
Peppermint is basically an herb native to Europe and Northern parts of the United States of America. It is typically and primarily used to flavor different types of foodstuffs among other basic products. Such products include gum, cosmetics, candy, and toothpaste etc. Additionally, peppermint oil offers the best natural approach to relieving migraines for individuals who wish to avoid, or rather are too sensitive to pharmaceutical medications.
Over the past couple of years, the issue of whether or not peppermint oil works for migraines has been one of the most discussed topics. As much as there haven’t been many solid scientific and high-quality studies confirming the same, the studies at hand suggest that, by opening up the sinuses, it facilitates better flow of oxygen thus improving blood flow in the body. It also has a cooling or tingling effect on skin that results in a modest sequel.
These are the properties responsible for peppermint’s effectiveness in resolving, or rather relieving headaches and any other migraine types. So, yes; peppermint oil does help relieve headaches.
How is this peppermint oil used in mitigating headaches?
Below are a few simple techniques on how to use peppermint oil for headaches. Keep in mind that some types of migraines including tension and sinus headaches tend to respond much better to peppermint oil as compared to others. Either way, the application techniques are the same.
1. Including a few drops of this essential oil in your bath
This is one of the most effective ways of using peppermint oil to alleviate headaches. Of course, taking a warm bath is pretty soothing and relaxing. Now, if you happen to be suffering from headache, spend up to 30 minutes or so soaking your body in the tub. In order to get the most of this, you have to add just a few drops of peppermint oil to your bath water.
Additionally, you have to ensure that the bathing environment is as friendly to you as possible. This means that if you are sensitive to light, you have to dim them or even light candles instead. This technique should treat headaches or even eliminate any symptoms of the same.
2. Disperse it into the air using a diffuser
There exist several different essential oil diffusers depending on the design and manufacture. However, nebulizer happens to be the most recommended. This is because it constantly and consistently dispatches a fine mist into the surrounding air without necessarily requiring water or heat.
On the other hand, other designs that use water provide an added advantage to anyone looking to assuage headaches. This is especially true for folks suffering from sinus inflammation because these designs increase humidity. An example of such is an ultrasonic diffuser. Depending on your preferences, go for a diffuser that suits you best.
3. Inhale directly from its bottle
You can also choose to inhale this essential oil directly from its packaging bottle. It is actually pretty effective but comes with a number of risks including overdoing it.
If you think the scent is too strong to inhale directly, you can add a few drops of the same on a soft cloth then breathe it in. You can also use a tissue or cotton ball in place of the soft cloth. When you choose this technique, try to avoid incense sticks or any other strong smoke dispatchers as such may worsen any symptoms you have instead of doing the opposite.
4. Drink, eat or simply use any peppermint-infused products
First and foremost, you have to know that peppermint oil SHOULD NOT be taken or consumed orally. However, you can have your tea made from peppermint leaves. According to one study conducted back in 2016, drinking tea prepared from peppermint leaves helps one stay more alert and even think more clearly.
Additionally, you could also try eating menthol or peppermint candy which has actually been used for quite a long time now in curbing or digestive ailments and complications.
5. Using peppermint oil, come up with a massage oil
Before applying any essential oil on your skin, you have to ensure that it is properly diluted in a relevant carrier oil. Using 3 -6 drops of this peppermint oil and around 25-30 grams of almond oil, create the perfect massage oil. Properly mix the oils and let them stand for a couple of minutes. Dab a few drops of the mixture onto your fingers and slowly but steadily massage it into your:
- Neck back
- Chest area
Migraines can be caused by the contraction of muscles in these parts of your body. Rubbing this massage oil eliminates the tension on these spots thus alleviating tension migraines.
6. Inhale with steam
Finally, you can also inhale the peppermint oil with steam. This can be simply achieved by pouring hot steamy water into a clean bowl then add 3 to 6 drops of the said oil. Lower your head above the mixture and cover it with a towel. Ensure that your eyes are closed then breathe steadily through your nose. Remember that you shouldn’t do this for over 2 minutes. This technique has been established to work perfectly with sinus migraines.
Common side effects of using peppermint oil in treating headaches and migraines
Studies and research conducted on the same have established that the use of peppermint oil, however in small doses is safe. A few side effects may include the following:
- Allergic reactions
- Irritation or rash when applied directly to the skin.
Finally, before using any essential oil, including peppermint oil, you have to establish that it is a pure grade extracted from the plant. Using fragrance oils that have adulterated using synthetic ingredients could cause more harm than good.
Also, ensure that you consult a credited and certified medical practitioner in order to establish whether or not it is safe for you to use depending on your age and medical condition.
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