Peppermint oil has proven successful for tension headaches, which is the most frequent type of headache and is regarded as standard treatment for acute therapy. Headaches and migraine pain are often due to poor blood flow, and peppermint oil has vasoconstricting/vasodilating properties. Peppermint oil causes a significant increase in blood flow to the forehead skin after local application, as measured by laser doppler.
A study from researchers at the Neurological Clinic at the University of Kiel, Germany, used a combination of oils, including peppermint oil which had “significant analgesic effect with a reduction in sensitivity to headaches.” The oils were applied to the forehead and temples for pain relief. Peppermint oil contains the active component menthol, which is thought to help relax muscles and ease the pain. Another study found that applying peppermint essential oil to the temples was as effective at easing tension headaches as taking 1,000 mg of acetaminophen.
Our Headache Therapy Balm packs a big punch in a little package. Peppermint essential oil diluted in a natural balm is safe to use directly on your skin. Apply to your temples, inhale deeply, and let the peppermint oil scent go to work. It’s the perfect size to take with you every day “just in case.”
Other products with Peppermint essential oil in them are our manKIND Peppermint & Tea Tree All Purpose Stick, All Purpose Gel, and Shower & Shampoo Bar. The Stick can be used as a temple balm as well as an overall way to inhale peppermint throughout the day if you use as a deodorant or a lotion balm. The shower products are good for inhaling the peppermint in a steamy shower, which is a great want to get the benefits into your system.
Our Healthy Shower Steamer, made with Peppermint and Rosemary essential oils is another example of an inhalation steam treatment that could possibly help with a headache. Steam inhalation can help with sinus headaches, especially if you also have symptoms of congestion.
If you get headaches from perfumes, it’s almost always due to synthetic fragrance. Our natural rollerball Perfume Oils or Pillow Sprays are a great way to enjoy using scent without the usual accompanying headache.
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