Peppermint Oil… Relieve Those Headaches

Peppermint Essential Oil for headaches

Millions of people across the world suffer from headaches every day for a variety of reasons, and they’re often not sure who or what to blame! There are so many causes… stress, fatigue, allergies, hormones, low blood sugar, and alcohol or drug consumption.

If you have frequent headaches and have looked for an effective treatment, you know there are tons of natural headache remedies there. But have you tried the one option, the one thing that can make the biggest difference?

I’m talking Peppermint Essential oil to alleviate headaches.

The most common headache treatment is to pop a painkiller, but those pills come with a list of nasty side effects a mile long… kidney and liver damage included.  Plus, they don’t deal with the root of the problem, they only mask the symptom… your headache.

Peppermint essential oil is a very effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant. In one clinical trial, Peppermint oil performed as well as acetaminophen in minimizing headache pain. (1)

Not only does Peppermint essential oil serve as a headache treatment because it safely and effectively treats the headache trigger, it actually gets to the root of the problem instead of simply minimizing the pain temporarily. Plus, when you use an inhaler or diffuse it, there are no nasty side effects and you’re in complete control of your dose… you adjust it for the type of headache you’re having.

Can Peppermint Oil Alleviate Headaches?

Unlike OTC pain relievers used to treat headaches and migraines, Peppermint essential oil not only provides a long-lasting cooling pain relief, it also stimulates blood flow and reduces stress.  Simply inhaling it can provide relief in a matter of minutes

Applying peppermint essential oil topically across the forehead and on the temples effectively alleviates tension headaches.  In a 1996 study, 41 patients (and 164 headache attacks) were analyzed in a placebo-controlled, double-blind crossover study. The peppermint oil was applied topically 15 and 30 minutes after a headache began.

Participants reported pain relief in their headache diaries, and the peppermint essential oil proved to be a well-tolerated and cost-effective alternative to usual headache therapies. There were also no adverse side effects reported after peppermint treatment. (2)

In order to improve blood circulation, reduce pain and relieve tension, mix 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil with coconut oil and rub it on your shoulders, across your forehead and back of your neck.

Peppermint Essential oil is one of the most versatile essential oils available.

It can be used aromatically, topically and internally to address a number of health concerns.  In addition, peppermint essential oil displays antimicrobial properties that can be used to fight infection besides being a natural painkiller.

All of these issues can cause any varieties of headaches, which should make peppermint essential oil your first line of defense for dealing with a headache.

Other Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil is incredibly versatile, as essential oils go. It’s safe for both internal and external use in appropriate amounts and can be used with or without a carrier oil to when you’re using it topically.

Here are a few ways to use it in your day-to-day routine:

  • Diffuse it. Want to feel awake and alert?  Try adding about 5 drops to your essential oil diffuser for an energizing scent that easily fills a room. You may even find you start to breathe easier!
  • Cook with it.  Using it in cooking is an incredible, natural way to get the oils benefits, but also add a great minty punch to dishes.  Peppermint Almond Bark anyone?

NOTE:  Peppermint oil and peppermint extract are both used in cooking. The advantage of oil over extract is that the alcohol in peppermint extract evaporates when heated, along with the peppermint flavor.  Peppermint essential oil, when added at the end of the cooking time, retains all of its health and flavor benefits.

  • Add it to smoothies or drinks. Whether it’s a drop in your water or two drops in a smoothie or cup of hot chocolate, peppermint oil gives a refreshing kick to a beverage. Plus, it’s a great choice for fighting off bacteria and stomach issues.
  • Scrub your feet with it. Tired of cosmetics and personal care products full of unknown, unsavory chemicals? I recommend making your own whenever you can. Peppermint oil makes a great addition to an exfoliating foot scrub to give your feet a treat.
  • Create a massage oil with it. Since peppermint oil soothes, cools and invigorates, it’s the perfect ingredient for a massage oil. Dilute several drops in almond oil or fractionated coconut oil.  For even more relaxation, add lavender and eucalyptus essential oils.

The possibilities are virtually endless. People use peppermint oil in DIY shampoos, hairsprays, lip balms and more.

Precautions 

Peppermint oil is likely safe when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in food, and when used topically and aromatically.

Is peppermint oil good to drink? The answer is generally yes, but only in small amounts. Taking excessive amounts of peppermint oil orally can be toxic, so remember that a little bit goes a long way and all you need is 1–2 drops at a time. For some people, ingesting peppermint oil may cause heartburn, flushing, or mouth sores.

I don’t recommend using peppermint oil on the face or chest of infants or young children because it can cause skin irritations. When you are using peppermint on sensitive skin, ALWAYS dilute it with a carrier oil (like coconut oil) first.

Some Final Thoughts On Peppermint Oil

Peppermint is known for its cooling, invigorating, expectorant, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, energy boosting and pain-relieving properties.  And, is one of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes… its menthol content is responsible for many of its therapeutic benefits.

The top peppermint oil uses and benefits include its ability to:

  • alleviate headaches
  • relieve muscle and joint pain
  • provide sinus care and other respiratory benefits
  • provide seasonal allergy relief
  • increase energy and improve exercise performance
  • improve IBS symptoms
  • freshen breath and support oral health
  • promote hair growth and reduce dandruff
  • relieve itchiness
  • repel bugs naturally
  • reduce nausea
  • improve colic symptoms
  • improve skin health
  • provide sunburn protection and relief

According to a review conducted by the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities. It also works as a strong antioxidant, displays anti-tumor actions in lab studies, shows anti-allergenic potential and pain-killing effects, and helps to relax the gastrointestinal tract. (3)

It’s no wonder why peppermint oil is one of the most popular essential oils in the world and why I make sure that I have at least one bottle in my medicine cabinet and one bottle in my purse at all times.

I hope you’ll consider adding Peppermint Essential Oil to your oil arsenal… don’t think you’ll ever regret it.  And if you’re looking for the BEST Peppermint Essential Oil… give me a yell, because all oils are NOT created equal.

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