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Herbal School #2 - Headaches & Mint Remedies

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Do you frequently get headaches, and are you flipping sick of using painkillers to cover up the pain?

One of the most important reasons I started pursuing herbal medicine is for that reason - I was sick of using bandaid solutions to temporarily cover up or hide my problems instead of attacking them from the source. I wanted to start healing my ailments; not the symptoms they came along with.

Common ailments we all suffer from are headaches and migraines.
It is difficult to pinpoint the source of these - for many people it's tension, for some it's sinus congestion, for others it's scent / chemical sensitivities, or dehydration, or staring at electronic screens... etc.

Before considering our source of pain, we reach for our over-the-counter painkillers or NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen or asprin to make it quickly go away for a short period of time.

Aside from the fact that these sorts of drugs can cause problems that are worse than the headaches themselves (causing damage to the lining of the stomache, liver damage, high blood pressure, kidney damage...etc), we need to understand that we experience pain for a reason - our body is trying to tell us something - so pay attention!

When our body is experiencing pain, it releases chemicals called "prostaglandins" which cause our tissues to swell and amplify the electrical signals being sent from your nerves to your brain. If we want less swelling and less pain, we need something that will provide anti-inflammatory properties WITHOUT scary side-effects.



  1. Listen to your body! GIVE IT WHAT IT NEEDS! Get some fresh air. Chug a giant glass of water. Get a shoulder massage!

  2. Use Peppermint essential oil topically.

Peppermint is a natural anti-inflammatory! In other words, it reduces the swelling that those nasty prostaglandins cause. Peppermint ALSO just so happens to be an analgesic (pain reliever), and an anesthetic (induces insensitivity to pain). In other words, peppermint is a triple threat when it comes to headaches.


Here is my super secret headache roller recipe that I'm only sharing because I like you:

  1. Fill an empty roller-ball container with:
    - 12 drops of peppermint essential oil
    - 5 drops of lavender essential oil
    - 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
    - 1 drop of vitamin E
  2. Top up the rest of the container with a carrier oil. I use Tamanu oil because it also acts as an anti-inflammatory and an anti-neuraligic... but you can use olive oil or liquified coconut oil.
  3. Gently shake to combine
  4. Apply to forehead, temples, and back of neck along hairline. Be careful to avoid eye area.

Make it this week, and let me know how it worked for you the next time you experience a headache!

If you have any questions about the use of Mint in herbal medicine (or questions about anything, really!) Hit the reply button and I'd love to have a discussion with you!

I hope you've enjoyed the second Soothsayer Herbal School session! If you know of a friend who would love to learn about this stuff, forward this email to them or send them the sign up link! Check your inboxes (or spam folder) for next week’s session - the internal uses of mint. (Digestive problems? Tune in!)

Where Soothsayer Uses Mint:

Hair & Nail Growth Oil nourishes your split ends to prevent further breakage. The essential oils (including peppermint!) will also stimulate the scalp to promote hair growth of new follicles and stimulate old ones to grow faster!
Click the link to order your bottle and get addicted to the smell.


See you next week!

With love,

Soothsayer Herbal School #1 - MINT!

herbal schoollindsey kempComment

I'm so excited to have this Herbal School available to all of you to share my knowledge! I also plan to send additional emails from time to time to tell you about new things I've learned (coming up - oil cleansing!)

This March we are focusing on MINT, and this week we will talk about the historical and traditional uses of the plant.

Here’s a little background:
Mint’s family is called “Lamiaceae”; the Deadnettle family, which sounds as badass as it is. There are over two dozen different species of mint and HUNDREDS of cultivars (varieties).
Mint likes to do this thing where when it’s near another mint of a different variety, it will make beautiful new babies together of an entirely new variety. This is how we get cool things like “chocolate” mints that actually smell like chocolate - they’re very easy to selectively breed.
They also meld together so much in the wild that, once you’ve identified a plant as a mint, it is usually quite difficult to pinpoint which TYPE…
but we will learn more about how to identify wild mint in an upcoming newsletter.

Peppermint is the most popular type of mint. It, along with field or wild mint have grown wild in North America and Europe since the 17th century.
Other popular mint types are pennyroyal (which should be avoided if you are pregnant!) and spearmint.

History & Folklore - Roman and Greek Mythology:
“Mints are held sacred to the diety Minthe, once a lover of the god Pluto. … [They were] anciently an honored herbe, considered worthy of use as payment to the Pharisees, and used by the Romans to crown themselves at great celebrations.” - Paul Beyerl

The name “Mentha” or “mint” actually came from the diety Minthe that Beyerl was talking about. According to Greek mythology, Minthe used to be a distractingly beautiful wood nymph. She caught the eye of Pluto and his wife Persephone was so jealous of the attention Pluto gave Minthe that she turned her into a plant. Pluto wanted to change her back but could not reverse his wife’s spell, so instead he was able to make her smell nice so that she would never go unnoticed. How kind!

Mint also became a symbol of hospitality in mythological Greece. The gods Zeus and Hermes were travelling and were only greeted by one old couple in a village they were visiting and ignored by everyone else. The couple invited the two into their home and offered them a meal. Before serving the meal, they rubbed their table down with fresh mint to clean it. They liked it so much they brought the sentiment back with them and associated the smell with their hospitality.

Other minty facts:
- After Gladiatorial events, Romans used to honour their victors by covering the streets with spearmint leaves
- Both Romans and Greeks used to wear wreathes made of mint for scholarly events as the mint’s properties improved their mental clarity and alertness.

Where Soothsayer uses mint:
Energy mist uses essential oils of citrus fruits and peppermint to help you wake up in the morning and stay up in the afternoon!

If you have any questions about the use of Mint in herbal medicine (or questions about anything, really!) Hit the comment button and I'd love to have a discussion with you!

I hope you all enjoyed the first Soothsayer Herbal School session! If you know of a friend who would love to learn about this stuff, forward this link to them or send them the newsletter sign up link! Next week’s session - the topical uses of mint. (You’ll want to read this one if you have migraine issues!)

With love,