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Headache And Tension Relief Balm

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Ingredients

100ml coconut oil or shea butter
2-3 drops peppermint oil
double boiler
small jar

Headache And Tension Relief Balm

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Fortunately I do not get headaches very often, however when I do get a headache it is mainly due to muscle tension. I prefer not to take pain killers, because I am trying to avoid harsh chemicals, especially in pregnancy and while breastfeeding. This headache and tension relief balm has a soothing effect and reduces the muscle tension that causes headaches and migraines. The balm only contains two simple ingredients: a carrier oil and an essential oil.

The essential oil used in this balm changes brain wave patterns which helps to relax the muscles. The most important oil is peppermint oil, it contains menthol which has a cooling effect that helps to relieve pain and tension. The following oils are optional, but both are great for the skin and have some other benefits. Frankincense essential oil should be used for a migraine relief balm as it decreases inflammation and helps with neurological issues. Lavender oil is very calming and also helps to sleep better.

There are two oils that are suitable as carrier oils for the headache balm: fractioned coconut oil and shea butter. The carrier oil aids in diluting the essential oil and nourishes the skin at the same time. Fractioned coconut oil is very easy to apply and absorbs into the skin quickly, it’s also suitable for sensitive skin and very light in color, so it can be added to a roller bottle instead of a small jar. It has no smell and also does not leave stains on clothes.

Shea butter, depending if it’s raw and unrefined or not does have a smell that might not appeal to everyone. However shea butter has many benefits being rich in vitamins and fatty acids which moisturise the skin. The reason I use shea butter, is that the melting point of coconut oil is at 24 degrees, while the melting point of shea butter is 45 degrees. Using shea butter is more leak-proof when keeping the headache balm in my handbag. Shea butter is a litte bit more difficult to obtain, while coconut oil is available in almost every hypermarket. In the UAE shea butter is sold at the African pavilion in Global village in Dubai, and in the Yemeni shops at the WTC in Abu Dhabi. Unscented, raw shea butter is available on iHerb, for more information about ordering after the VAT came in click here.

When I have a headache I rub a little bit of the balm on my temples and the back of my neck. The balm can also be used on the pressure point between the thumb and forefinger or any other area with muscle tension.

When using shea butter the balm can be kept in the purse, pocket, glove compartment or anywhere else where you can easily use it. When using coconut oil I recommend using a roller bottle to avoid leakage and for easy application. If you live in a cold climate you may have to warm the balm in your hand for a little while until the coconut oil melts enough to be used. For those who prefer to buy a headache balm, there is a soothing headache relief roller stick available on iHerb which contains a synthetic oil called isopropyl myristate.

Note: Peppermint oil may decrease milk supply in nursing women.

 

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In a double boiler heat your carrier oil until it is melted enough to add the essential oil.

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Take the carrier oil off the stove and stir in the essential oil.

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Fill the mixture into a small container with a lid and let it cool. 

Eliza Birg

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