Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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COMMON AILMENTS

HEADACHE & MIGRAINE

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Stress, tension, exposure to irritants, and lack of sleep are just some of the many reasons headaches and migraines happen. Next time you experience one, try these herbal treatments, either on their own or alongside other therapies. See your doctor if you suffer from these ailments frequently, as an underlying illness could be to blame.

Peppermint Salve

YIELD: 4 OUNCES
STORAGE: GLASS JAR OR TIN
TIME: 15 MINUTES

When applied topically, peppermint helps ease pain by increasing blood flow to the head and neck. This remedy is particularly useful for tension headaches.

3 ounces organic olive oil

1 ounce beeswax, grated

1 teaspoon peppermint essential oil

1.In a double boiler, combine the olive oil and beeswax. Stir gently until the beeswax is completely melted.

2.Remove from the heat and cool for 2 minutes.

3.Add the peppermint essential oil and stir in.

4.Pour into a jar or tin.

5.Cool completely before capping tightly.

6.Apply a thin layer to the back of your neck, your temples, and the area behind your ears.

7.Massage gently for 1 minute while breathing deeply.

8.Reapply every 10 to 15 minutes until the headache subsides. Store in a cool, dark place.

Soothing Valerian Tea with Hops and Peppermint

YIELD: ABOUT 1 CUP
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Valerian, hops, and peppermint join forces to relax the body and mind. If you enjoy this tea, make a larger batch of blended dried herbs and store it in an airtight container for easy prep next time a migraine hits.

1 tablespoon dried hops, crushed

1 tablespoon dried peppermint leaves, crushed

1 tablespoon dried valerian root

1¼ cups boiling water

1.Put the hops, peppermint leaves, and valerian root in a tea ball or strainer. Place in a mug with the boiling water.

2.Steep the herbs for 15 minutes.

3.Drink the tea while relaxing.

Images This tea can be sedating. Do not drink it before driving or doing other tasks that require concentration.

Lavender–Peppermint Compress

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Choose a hot compress if you are suffering from a tension headache, and use a cold compress if your headache is accompanied by a fever or nausea. If you are suffering from a migraine, alternating between hot and cold compresses can bring quick relief.

3 drops lavender essential oil

1 drop peppermint essential oil

2 drops valerian essential oil (optional)

Ice pack for cold compress or hot water and facecloth for hot compress

1.In a small dish, combine the essential oils.

2.Using your fingertips, apply the blend to the area where pain is prevalent.

3.Lay a cloth over your head and apply the compress.

4.Keep the treatment in place for 10 to 15 minutes.

5.Repeat once an hour while suffering from a headache or migraine.