Nothing like having caught a virus and with the virus comes a headache that OTCs made to cure it doesn't touch. Dehydration tends to be the culprit to check first. Down goes a glass of water. Lying down with a cold cloth on the forehead. An hour later, this headache comes back as soon as you sit up. Now what? Been there?
My oldest and I were there yesterday. Right now from many Facebook posts of family and friends, it looks like several of you are there. Some viruses are downright mean. So we become driven to find solutions.
Peppermint Oil is one of those solutions for me. It feels cold and tingly. Smells like a calming winter day. Eases the nerves and muscles. How?
Peppermint is a carminative. Which means it is antispasmodic. It makes the body's systems relax and calm down. It is a diaphoretic, meaning it helps the skin get rid of toxins. A nervine that acts in a calming way. Analgesic - pain killer. And a rubefacient - opens capalaries and stimulates blood flow...therefore the cold, tingly sensation. (The Complete Illustrated Herbal: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies, David Hoffman, Barnes and Noble Inc, 1996, sv Peppermint, pg 113) *one of my favorite resources, BTW. Helpful and useful hand guide.
There are many other actions that peppermint performs. These ones directly affect easing a headache.
We found that rubbing the oil at the base of the skull behind the ears where the skull dips down suddenly, there are points there that are the most effective for easing headaches. Often it is the most tender spot too when there is a headache. Sometimes we try the temples. But the sweating action often causes the oil to get in the eyes and that is a bit irritating. After applying the oil, wash your hands well in warm soapy water otherwise if you rub your eyes, you will know very quickly that this step is important. It won't harm the eyes. Just is uncomfortable.
How often? As often as you feel like you need it. At first, my daughter and I used it every hour for a few hours and then we were able to stretch it out.
All the best.