Peppermint oil comes in small vials that can be carried anywhere you go.
For many centuries, people who suffer from headaches and migraines have used peppermint in essential oil form. There are many different ways to use the oil and it is inexpensive and easy to purchase. Unless you have an allergy to peppermint, the oil has no ill side effects with the common usual dosage, unlike some strong prescription headache medications. There is more than one way to use peppermint oil. You can experiment with the oil and find the dosage and the usage that you prefer.
Steam Method: For Migraine Headaches from Sinus Congestion
1. Add 3 drops of peppermint oil into a bowl of boiling water.
2. Lean gently over the bowl. Close your eyes and drape the towel over your head to keep the steam from escaping.
3. Inhale the peppermint vapors from the bowl. The vapors will begin to provide relief to your migraine and your sinuses. If they do not, add another drop or two of peppermint oil to the hot water.
Massage: For Chronic Migraine Headaches
4. Dab a drop of peppermint oil onto the tip of your finger. Massage the peppermint oil into the temples and the forehead first, gently. Be careful not to get the oil near or in the eyes, as the oil may cause the eyes to tear and burn.
5. Massage the oil into the back of the jawline, the base of the neck and behind the ears.
6. Lay back in a comfortable position in a quiet room and place a cool cloth compress behind your neck and on your forehead. Remain relaxed in this position until the headache eases. Once you rise and begin your regular routine, continue placing the peppermint on the aboved mentioned areas gently, until the migraine has completely dissolved.
Bath Method: For Occasional Migraines
7. Add 12-15 drops of peppermint oil to warm bathtub water.
8. Soak in the water for about 30 minutes, inhaling the peppermint vapors.
9. Place a cold compress cloth to your forehead while relaxing in the tub until the migraine fades.