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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

headaches?

Anybody suffer from a nasty headache periodically? I do. Here are my favorite cures.

1. Fill oil burner with water (not oil, as my grandfather mistakenly thought!) and float 10 drops each of orange and peppermint essential oils. I find the peppermint alone a bit piercing, but combined with orange it helps cut the fogginess with less pungency. (Also antibacterial in the air, by the way!)

2. Brew a large pan of tea. 1 tsp red raspberry leaf, 3 tsp peppermint, 2 tsp ginkgo biloba, 1 tsp alfalfa, and a cinnamon stick. Stevia or honey to sweeten. Brew strong, simmering covered on low for several minutes, and then let to cool naturally. Drink hot or cold, and drink lots. I store quart jars of brewed tea in the fridge. For nighttime sleeping, replace the ginkgo with passionflower herb. (They produce basically alternate reactions, so do not use together. Passionflower is also an NSAID and should not be used with cough syrups or other such medications.)

3. Give yourself a facial. Bentonite clay is the best, as it helps draw out heavy metals and toxins from the body, but in a pinch any face masque will do. Make the pack either very warm or chilled from the fridge, and use a steaming hot face cloth to remove it. This will help to not only calm you down, force you to relax a bit as the facial works it's magic, but it will help to stimulate flow and soothe irritated blood vessels in the face and forehead that are contributing to the pain.