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.
TWO SIMPLE WAYS TO GET RID OF HEADACHES:
Listen to your body! GIVE IT WHAT IT NEEDS! Get some fresh air. Chug a giant glass of water. Get a shoulder massage!
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:
- 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
- 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.
- Gently shake to combine
- 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:
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See you next week!