Peppermint oil

Mentha x piperita

Rapid relief for tension headaches

Applying peppermint essential oil to the forehead and temples has been scientifically proven to be as effective as paracetamol (acetaminophen) for the relief of tension headaches. This effect occurs very quickly - a significant reduction in the headache's intensity may be noted as quickly as 15 minutes after the oil has been applied. 0 D< )S AGE Apply a solution containing 1 part peppermint oil diluted in 9 parts alcohol (or water if alcohol is not available) to the forehead and temples every 15 to 30 minutes after the onset of symptoms. Take care not to allow the solution to come into contact with the

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eyes. Using both peppermint oil and paracetamol simultaneously may enhance the effects of both treatments.

Cautions

• Severe or frequent headaches may require medical investigation - always consult your doctor.

• Feverfew sometimes causes allergic side effects, most commonly mouth symptoms, such as mouth ulcers and soreness of the tongue. These symptoms are more likely to occur in people chewing fresh leaves (as opposed to taking tablets or capsules).

• Do not take feverfew if you develop a rash after coming into contact with the plant or if you are allergic to other members of the Asteraceae family of plants (for example, chicory, daisies, chrysanthemums, sunflower and echinacea).

• Do not take white willow bark if you are allergic to salicylates (including aspirin).

• Do not take feverfew or white willow bark with antiplatelet or anticoagulant medication, or if you suffer from a blood disorder.

• Peppermint oil should always be diluted before application. It should not be used on or near the face of children and babies (even in its diluted form).

• Do not take feverfew or white willow bark, or apply peppermint oil to the skin, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, except under the advice of a healthcare professional.

Although we often use the word "migraine" lo describe a particularly severe headache, in medical terms a migraine is a specific type of debilitating headache that may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, blurred vision or other visual disturbances, and tingling or numbness of the limbs. Sufferers may also be particularly sensitive to noise or lighi during an altack. and may retreat Into a dark, quiet room until the episode has passed.

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