Next time you experience head tension, or you can feel it coming on, instead of reaching for over the counter pills why not try some peppermint essential oil? First of all you can drop a couple of drops in the palm of your hand sit down cup your hands together over your nose and just take a moment and take a few deep breaths, inhaling the peppermint oil in and relaxing for a few minutes.
The Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is a natural pain reliever and can also help to invigorate you if you are feeling tired. Mix some Peppermint oil with a carrier oil - eg coconut or almond oil, and massage into the back of your neck and into your temples. Just be careful not to get it too close to your eyes (um especially if you have happy cracks) because it gets a bit burny - just add more coconut oil if this does happen sigh...... Also dab it right across your forehead this gives a long lasting cooling sensation which can really help head tension.
This is great for your kids too, if they complain of head tension or are too young to tell you just try some peppermint. With children always just use a tiny drop with a lot of coconut oil and always start with the feet with small kids, or you can always dip a flannel in a bowl with water and a couple of drops of peppermint oil and dab on their forehead and wash their face. I always remember my Mum washing and washing my younger siblings faces with cold flannels whenever they were flustered or sick, or just giving them a flannel to hold which cools and calms them down. Once they get older though they quite like to have their own little roller bottles of oils to use.
Peppermint is also a good go-to if you are feeling carsick, again breathe some in and then rub some on your belly and or feet as well, it freshens you up and can ease nausea. Take a cold flannel in a wee bag with you for the kids.... (my mum again)
So next time you feel head tension or are just feeling tired give some peppermint oil a go!
Peppermint is a very powerful oil so always make sure you dilute it before use.
This blog is purely advice from my own experience and research using essential oils. As with anything regarding your health seek advice from your health professional if you are not sure.