I was planning to write a craft tutorial (it’s coming tomorrow) but I woke up with a headache. Not a richter scale 11.0 headache but about 3.0 headache that just lingered on & annoyed the *blip* out me … which was enough to derail my plans for a productive day.
Posting a crafting tutorials is no joke – stopping the project now and then, taking photos, continuing the project again, and then, repositioning for the best angle for lighting, continuing the project again…you get the picture. So I didn’t need a headache to mess up my day. But headaches don’t care; they come and go as they please without warning.
There are many different kinds of headaches but this was probably close to a migraine because I woke with stabbing pain behind one eye, accompanied by mild nausea. And I didn’t want to type on the bright computer screen too long before I had to turn my head away. I’ve suffered from enough “occasional” migraines in my life to know that this could ba 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.
Natural Headache Remedy: Peppermint
Jenny is a distributor for a great essential oil company called Young Living Essential Oils so she knows her essential oils!
Then, minutes later, another fellow greenie, Green 4 U, suggested peppermint – to be specific, brushing my teeth with my minty toothpaste! I love social media, don’t you? Well, at least we are on the same page!
Then, I asked Facebook on ecokaren‘s wall. 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?
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 paste 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 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 the 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!