Peppermint for Natural Headache Relief

Every now and then my oldest daughter gets a headache. It usually happens after she’s been reading for a long time, or playing on the computer. She’s far-sighted, but she doesn’t always wear her glasses. I think it probably strains her eyes when she reads for a long period of time and then puts the book down and focuses at greater distances.

I’ve tried different natural headache cures to try to relieve her discomfort, with little success. I’ve used lavender essential oil, a heating pad, pressure points, laying her down for a while, putting the glasses on to see if that would help… but nothing really did it. Tylenol was a last resort, and was always the only thing that helped.

But I hate using Tylenol. I really wanted a natural headache cure that would really work!

One night when Jada complained of her head hurting (after reading an entire chapter book in one sitting), I pulled out my herbal books and searched for another remedy.

I came across Peppermint Tea, and I knew I had to try it. I have peppermint growing like crazy, and had yet to put it to good use.

After gathering a handful of the fresh, green leaves (oh how I love the aroma of fresh peppermint leaves), I brought them into the house to wash.

As I got a pot of water boiling on the stove, I pulled out my special teapot. It’s a Tupperware Blooming Teapot. And it’s GREAT for brewing loose leaf teas!

After washing the peppermint and picking the leaves from the stem, I tore the leaves up a bit and placed them into the infuser. I used a palm-ful of leaves, probably 1/4 c. worth.

I placed the infuser back into the teapot, and poured about two cups of boiling water over the tea leaves. Then I replaced the lid and allowed it to steep for several minutes.

The smell was amazing.

Jada enjoyed her hot peppermint tea sweetened with a little honey. She contentedly sipped the steamy drink slowly, and by the time she had finished her cup she was remarkably better. Not only was her headache gone, but her belly ache from eating too many nuts was also relieved (which, indeed, is another use for peppermint tea).

Success!! A natural headache cure that actually did what it was supposed to do! No Tylenol necessary.

I’m sure the effects of peppermint tea vary by person and by the degree of pain the headache is causing, but for my daughter it did the trick. Which made this mama very happy.

Update:

I used peppermint tea to treat our headaches for a couple of years, and it almost always did the trick. I’m not going to say it works 100% of the time, but it really does have a success rate for us for about 95% of the headaches we get. Sometimes it takes 2 cups to work… but it works!

But then I did a little experiment with peppermint essential oil. It made sense to me that an even more concentrated form of peppermint would be able to relieve head and neck tension, so I began using the oil on my daughter instead of giving her tea.

The results were just as promising, with so much less effort. I found that it took only 1 drop of peppermint oil to do the same thing 2 cups of peppermint tea had been doing for us. Sometimes I mix 1 drop of lavender in with the peppermint oil for even better results. This is now my go-to remedy:

Mix one drop peppermint essential oil (or 1 drop peppermint and 1 drop lavender) in 1/4 – 1/2 tsp fractionated coconut oil. Rub the oil behind the ears and on the back of the neck. You can also rub it on the temples if the fragrance doesn’t bother your eyes. Just be sure to keep it away from your eyes! I have my kids lay down and relax while the oil does it’s thing.

I now prefer peppermint essential oil over peppermint tea for several reasons:

  • It’s fast. Instead of having to pick and wash leaves, boil water, then wait for the tea to steep, the oil is ready with the twist of a cap.
  • It only takes one drop, as opposed to 2 cups of tea, with the same results.
  • It’s portable. I can keep a bottle of peppermint oil in my purse and apply it anytime, no matter where we are. I couldn’t do that with tea.
  • It works. I give my daughter three options when she’s struggling, because I want her to be in control of how she manages her health as much as possible: Tylenol, peppermint tea, or peppermint oil. She always asks for peppermint oil. It’s relaxing to her, and it works.

    I’ll still remember peppermint tea for those times when I might be out of essential oils. I do appreciate that I can grow it myself, which is definitely a money saver. I think having the oils for convenience and peppermint plants as a backup is a great line of defense.

Per new FDA rules I’m not allowed to share which brand of essential oil I recommend here on my blog, but if you’d like more information you can email me personally at: [email protected] and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.

So that’s what works for us, and how we treat headaches naturally. Do you have a remedy you’ve found to work well for you?

Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

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  2. Kendra,

    I didn’t realize peppermint could be such a powerful remedy for headaches. My husband gets headaches and neck aches often. He uses pressure points and stretches which help a lot. When that doesn’t work he goes to the medicine cabinet. I’ll have to try this.

    Thanks!

  3. HELLO!!!

    I AM AN EPILEPTIC. WHEN I GET A SEIZURE, I USUALLY TEND TO GET A HEADACHE AFTERWARDS, BUT TAKING SOME MINT TEA REALLY HELPS. I AM NOW TRYING IT FOR A STOMACH ACHE!!! 🙂

  4. I’ve used peppermint for stomach ache before, it works well. I will have to try for headaches, but my peppermint did not thrive 🙁 I think aphids just got it too soon.

    I’m far-sighted too, it is important that Jada wears her glasses… There’s high chances of strabism (eyes turning inwards or outwards) because eyes can accommodate, and strain.

  5. I’ve had migraines for most of my adult life. My daughter also had them. We tried many remedies (I took Imitrex for many years). I read that selenium and magnesium citrate are helpful in reducing the amount and intensity of migraines. We started taking the supplements and shortly realized that we weren’t having migraines as a matter of course anymore. My daughter had a migraine but realized that she had run out of selenium. Since then, no migraines!

    I have been using peppermint tea very successfully with indigestion and upset stomach.

  6. Our family isn’t big on tea, nor do we seem to have migraines (knock on wood).

    But we do use an awful lot of arnica. I use it for practically everything. When I end up in fisticuffs with tree branches. When hubby comes home from a day of wood cutting. When the kids crash into each other in the yard. Been using the Hyland’s/Boiron pellets, and finally got my hands on some arnica plants so we’ll see what I can conjure up next year from my yard. 🙂

  7. I have had consistent migraines for several years. The best thing I have ever done for headaches was to drink peppermint tea, take a bath with Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap for bubbles, or use peppermint oil on a washrag on my head or rubbed into my temples. It works so well! Hopefully this one will continue to work for your little miss….may she ever be a child to sit and read a whole book at once!

  8. Hi there! I have migraines, very intense migraines, about 5 times a month. Im currently taking tramadol but hate the side effects plus I would like to try something natural. I looked around my town for peppermint seeds and couldnt find it. Does any of you have and are able to share with me? Im kind of lost on this. I take lemon balm tea and helps a little bit but peppermint sounds promising. Thanks!

  9. I’ve bookmarked this to try. Don’t know if I have any wild peppermint, but I want to grow some. I’ve heard it’s invasive and best grown in pots; but I’ve also heard that mint is good to keep mice away, so if it wanted to go crazy around the house, I’d let it.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. My middle daughter gets 1-2 headaches a month that usually progress into a migraine. I am going to have to try peppermint tea next time she gets one. I have a peppermint growing rampant in our backyard.

  11. I’ve never tried peppermint tea but if I sniff some peppermint oil while I have a migraine it really helps. I’ll have to try the tea too. Glad Jada is feeling better. 🙂

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