I was planning to write a big blog post on a health topic and all of a sudden, pre-migraine headache hit me. Ugh. I’ve suffered from migraines since I was a young teenager and when it hits, I become paralyzed. I have to basically sleep most of the day with the curtains drawn.
But this pre-migraine headache was a weird one as my vision was fine but I had an excruciating pain in my sinus and behind the eyes. It wasn’t a full-blown migraine yet so I knew if I could prevent it from coming on, I wouldn’t have to stay in bed.
Sometimes, headaches come and go as they please without warning. But, an impending stressful event can definitely cause it. And what’s worse? Typing and staring at the bright computer screen for a long time. And if I have to stay on the computer while I have a headache, it will just worsen a headache. I’ve suffered enough with headaches in my life to know that this could be a start of something nasty that might last all day. Blech.
Not wanting to go back to bed (although, that’s what I really wanted to do as soon as I woke up), I decided to reach out to my social media peeps and tweet out my problem, after I had a tall mug of coffee because sometimes that helps. And an ice pack on my eyes and on the nape of my neck. I didn’t take any meds as I try to stay away from any meds for headaches unless my head is about to explode. I know some people resort to Botox for migraines but I’m not ‘there’ yet. YET…. I will get to my Chiropractor as soon as I can get up to see her.
But until then, this is what my online community of natural remedy experts suggested.
Natural Headache Remedy: Peppermint
Many of my online bloggers and natural health practitioners came to my rescue and gave me some tips to stop my headache on its tracks and the common ingredient they recommend was peppermint.
Then, I asked on my Facebook Page‘s community. There were suggestions everything from water, nap, Excedrin, Tylenol, Aleve, more Excedrin, caffeine, Fever Few, Peppermint oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Rosemary Oil, Geranium Oil, and even spicy food for headaches.
Toothpaste for a Headache?
Peppermint essential oil was No. 1 recommended remedy. And even brushing my teeth with peppermint toothpaste!
But I don’t have any of the meds nor essential oils. But I have water, spicy foods and a tube of peppermint toothpaste!
So I thought, why just brush my teeth with toothpaste when I can actually put it on my face, like a face mask! Crazy, right? I tell ya, some things just have a way of evolving from such simple ideas.
I figured I have nothing to lose so I made myself a nice hot cup of mint tea (Finally, I can use up some of the mint leaves I harvested last summer!) to drink and to inhale the steam from, intuitively thinking that they may also be helpful. I sat down on the couch and “strategically” dabbed peppermint toothpaste on my face on all the sinuses. And as I was doing this, all I can think of was Anna from Green Talk ... because I can totally imagine her doing something as goofy as this…because that’s what she does – have fun while being natural and green. Yes, us greenies don’t take ourselves too seriously, despite what some people say.
Don’t I look relaxed already? Pffft…..uh huh…Ok, I was trying not to burst out a laugh as I took this self-portrait.
Even my pup noticed the weird get up on my face. Little does she know….
The steam from the mint tea was really soothing as it cleared up my sinus and the cooling sensation permeated through the tissues in my nasal passage.
Twenty minutes later, I was headache-free. No headache! Seriously!
I. couldn’t. not. believe. it!
The fog lifted and I was able to see! I didn’t cringe as I opened my eyes! It really worked!
I assume Peppermint Essential Oil would be more effective than a dab of toothpaste when a headache is worse. Besides, you won’t have to walk around with white toothpaste on your face if you are out and about.
Thanks to my online friends, I learned a new cure for my headache! Now, I know exactly what to do!
What headache remedy did you try that worked for you?