Last month I posted some information regarding Feverfew for migraines and how to use it. Not everyone finds relief with just one particular remedy so I found a few more that you can add to your medicine cabinet. Personally feverfew works for me with migraines but not necessarily with tension headaches.
Peppermint essential oil seems to work with sinus type headaches and sometimes with tension headaches I add lavender. Think of it in terms of Western Medicine for a moment: If you had a headache you may reach for Advil, someone else may grab a Goody’s powder and another may need a Zomig(Ugghhh). Therefore, we need more herbal choices so we do not go get those dreaded over the counter meds.
I am going to make this recipe later today. Click the title for the full post from Fresh Bites Daily!
It is a tincture that includes fresh feverfew, peppermint and lemon balm. I have noted a small mistake in the post, at least I think it is, towards the end on the second set of measurements it says –
Add 1.5 oz. fresh herbs(I think they mean dried because earlier the measurements were 3 oz. fresh with a higher alcohol content) Personally I will use the following method, now that I have learned it:
Tincture Using Fresh Plant
It is a 1:2 ratio of plant to menstruum for fresh plants. I looked up the alcohol content needed for the plants and two out the three called for 100% alcohol(menstruum). Really it is 95% and I am using organic cane alcohol.:) For 4 ounces by WEIGHT, you need 8 ounces of alcohol. 4 ounces can be a lot so make sure your jar is at least double the size of your menstruum. IF you pack it all in there and fresh material is sticking up, shake it well and wait 24 hours. If it is still sticking up, top off with a bit more menstruum. Then shake daily and strain after two weeks. Dosage is 1/4 tsp. up to 3x/day, more frequently if an acute situation – every 20-30 minutes.
PS: for dried plants the ratio is 1:5 and usually the alcohol content changes.
Quick Headache Balm
1/4 cup plus 1 T Organic unrefined coconut oil
1-2 T beeswax(depends on how hard you want the balm, test after 1 T on a cold spoon to harden, add more beeswax if needed)
15-20 drops peppermint essential oil
10-12 drops lavender essential oil
Melt the coconut oil and beeswax over low heat. Get your containers ready – I use small 1/2 ounce plastic jars so this amount would make about 5-6 that size. Add your essential oils to the oil/beeswax mix, stir and pour into clean containers. Let harden then cap. I keep one of these in my purse so it is handy when I am out. Apply to your temples, at the base of the neck, across forehead, on your wrists(because sometimes a headache make you feel nauseous and/or to your pressure point between your thumb and forefinger.
Other helpful tips for headaches:
Chew on a basil leaf or a peppermint leaf
Drink a GIANT glass of water – sometimes you are just dehydrated
Drink some electrolytes like coconut water or this amazing drink – Tumeric Berry Lemonade
Put some lavender essential oil(diluted in a carrier oil) on your soles of your feet, across your forehead, close your eyes and lay down for about 20 minutes.
Soak your feet in a hot lavender water bath – oooohhhhh good!!!!
Eat something – you may just be hungry but make it good like protein not a cookie!
Have a hot cup of Kava Kava Chocolate drink from Rosalee de la Floret
Have a cup of Ginger Tea
Eat some crystallized ginger – LOVE
This ancient Chinese healing method involves applying pressure to certain points on the body to relieve pain. Place your finger in the depression between your first and second toe and press firmly for 3 to 5 minutes. *Dr. Oz*
Eat some almonds except if you have a migraine, can sometimes trigger it.
Go for a walk outside.
Jump in a pool – you may be overheated OR no pool? Jump in a cool shower.
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