Headaches. Ugh. Is there anything worse? From annoying sinus headaches to skull-busting migraines, everybody hates a headache. Most headaches are caused by dehydration, so remedying them is simple enough: drink more water. This is not an instant cure though, and if you are tired of taking too many synthetic painkillers, there is something else you can try: peppermint oil.
Peppermint essential oil is well-known as one of the most efficient painkillers on earth. Even just breathing in the scent can help reduce pain, especially the pain of a headache. This is a very simple remedy for headaches and it works very well. Simply take a washrag and fold it as you would to lay it across your forehead. Wet the rag with very hot water and wring it out. Place 3-4 drops of peppermint oil along the length of the folded, damp washrag and then lay it across your forehead. Peppermint oil can also be applied “neat” (undiluted) to the forehead, but this method works well and the heat seems to help. You can also apply this same compress to a sore muscle with good results.
The next time you have a headache, drink a big glass of water and try some peppermint oil for the pain. Let me know if it works!