Essential oils are my saving grace whenever I want to remedy pretty much anything. I think it drives Kenny a little bit mad, but what’s not to love about them? The smell is amazing, it doesn’t feel like typical medicine, there are no long lists of side effects … and did I mention they smell amazing?
Like anything used for medicinal purposes, you need to educate yourself about the correct usage. The main thing to watch out for when using essential oils are allergic reactions. Whenever you are using a new essential oil, you need to test it on a small patch on the skin. Proper dilution with carrier oils is important as well.
Acetaminophen + NSAIDs:
When it came to headaches, I either used acetaminophen or ibuprofen (such as Tylenol and Advil) as a quick relief. Because it is so readily available from pharmacies, I’ve never really thought twice about it. Recently, however, there have been more and more studies linking the over-use of acetaminophen and NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which ibuprofen is apart of) to liver and heart failure respectively.
I am not a doctor, medical practitioner or apart of any of these studies, so there is a chance that this is based on coincidence. But I personally do not care to take that chance when there is a natural remedy that you can easily use instead.
Natural Headache Balm Using Essential Oils:
Peppermint and Lavender essential oils are my two champions for alleviating headaches and lessening migraines. Here is the “recipe” for my headache balm:
- 12 drops Peppermint Pure Essential Oil
- 8 drops Lavender Pure Essential Oil
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
Notes: You should be careful selecting the right brand of essential oils. I’m using the Scentuals brand of essential oils right now as they produce great quality, therapeutic grade essential oils. Make sure you research the brand before buying your oils.
- Melt the coconut oil on a medium heat in a pan (a double boiler system works as well)
- Once completely melted, add the essential oils and stir well.
- Pour into a container and let it set. I reused an old candle tin, but you can really use anything. It’s tempting to put it in the fridge at this point, but I find that letting it cool and set to room temperature is better as it doesn’t set too hard this way.
Once the balm has set, you can use it by rubbing into the areas the headache is affecting. I like rubbing it into the back of my neck as well. Just please be careful and don’t let the balm get too close to the eyes. Learn from my mistake, it hurts!
Try to use the balm as soon as you feel a headache starting. By doing this, my headaches disappear in about 30min. It, of course, depends on what type of headache it is, but the success rate for me personally has been amazing so far.
In the theme of Christmas, this actually makes quite a nice gift for someone. You could include it with the nut butters and reusable beeswax wraps for a pretty, homemade gift!
I hope this helps many of you, let me know in the comments below!