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yes, i have a new trick!<br><br>
see i get nasty sinus headaches. i sorta think they're migraines of some sort but haven't really seen a doc about it.<br><br>
anyway so far the only thing that works is lots of ibuprofen, and an ice cold cloth over my eyes. but it still takes like 20 minutes to take effect.<br><br><br><br>
well i picked up this pamphlet, it says to rub peppermint essential oil into the temples and the forehead and inhale it.<br><br><br><br>
well i do happen to have peppermint oil. so i was sitting here reading this with a washcloth-wrapped ice cube on my forehead. i put a couple drops of peppermint on the cloth and boy does it burn but it works.<br><br><br><br>
really, it made my skin burn but not really in a bad way, but within a couple minutes my headache was like gone. after my skin stopped tingling there was no irritation or anything, i think it might actually be good for the skin. so there you go. peppermint oil.<br><br><br><br>
they also suggest oregano essential oil. there are a billion uses for oregano oil, they even say to mix a couple drops with your facial cleanser to help acne
 

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I think I might go out and buy peppermint oil this weekend! Thanks for the tip! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Sweet! I get sinus headaches all the time, and the only cure was tylenol and a nap. I'll have to try that.
 

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I did that once, and it helped. But unfortunately, it also made my skin rash out bad. Possibly I should have diluted the peppermint oil.
 

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i used to use lavender oil like that too, i wonder whether it's effect is as strong as the peppermint. hmmn.
 

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I've heard that just sniffing peppermint oil will do the trick, so maybe try that if you get a reaction on your skin from it.
 

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Essential oils usually need to be diluted before applying directly onto the skin, especially onto the face.<br><br><br><br>
Peppermint encourages microcirculation, so it certainly makes sense that this would work...great thinking!
 

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I've heard that just eating a peppermint candy or something would do it, but I like the oil idea better...my problem is that I get headaches from too much sugar, and if I have a piece of candy, then I get twice the headache I started out with <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I've heard that holding your earlobes will stop a headache. One of those accu-pressure things.<br><br>
I read something where when you always take ibuprofen for a headache, you'll always need ibuprofen. Something about you get headaches more often because your body wants the ibuprofen--or something. I guess it amounts to an addiction. I've been looking furiously for the article, when I find it, I'll post it.
 

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Oh, I forgot. I heard that caffeine and alcohol can trigger migranes. I guess chocolate would be in there too, since it has caffeine. I knew someone with terrible migranes, and her doctor told her to quit those things, and she hardly ever gets them now.
 

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For anyone that gets migraines a lot, taking feverfew regularly works miracles. I used to get a migraine at least once a week and now get them very rarely since I've used feverfew. Here's a link that has vegi caps if anyone's interested-<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.mothernature.com/shop/detail.cfm/sku/43088" target="_blank">http://www.mothernature.com/shop/detail.cfm/sku/43088</a>
 

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The trick with peppermint candy would not work if it was artficially flavored. It's got to be REAL peppermint!
 

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There is a wad of muscle between the base of your index finger and thumb.<br><br>
You can massage it (hard) for about 20 seconds wait a few then repeat about 3 times.<br><br><br><br>
This seems to work for me for most headaches.<br><br><br><br>
I have heard, but not tried, that the scent of sour apple when deeply enhaled can stop migranes.....as long as you like the smell.
 

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The trick with peppermint oil has been checked scientifically: peppermint oil on the temples is as effecteive as 500 mg paracetamol.<br><br>
Tiger balm oil or ointment is also effective and saves the use of a potential harmful drug. Though I wouldn´t tell anyone to stay away from a tablet of paracetamol or ibuprofen at a time he/she is suffering from a splitting headache.
 

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I've used peppermint EO for my headaches many, many times. I just inhale it (a few drops on a tissue). Essential Oils should never, ever be applied directly to the skin. It could trigger an allergic reaction OR you could sensitze yourself to it...meaning that it would stop working/helping you because your skin got so used to it. I've known people who have sensitized themselves to oils even after just a few applications. I really recommend the inhalation method! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Also using the EO in a diffuser (diffuses the scent into the air) is really helpful as well.
 

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yeah i tried it in a burner before to try to clear my sinus congestion, along with some eucalyptus. it worked relatively well but i find it works faster and better if i inhale it directly from the bottle instead of diluted in a burner. the stronger the better when it comes to my headaches.<br><br><br><br>
the accupressure thing between the finger and thumb, i find works only for tension or eyestrain headaches, not for sinus. sinus headaches are a symptom of another problem, peppermint helps clear congestion so helps the cause not the symptom.<br><br><br><br>
but yeah i wouldn't really recommend people put pepperming oil right on their skin, cause when i did it my skin burned for a good while. no rash or anything, but i don't have sensitive skin, i can just imagine what it would do if i did. heck when i worked in a restaurant i'd put my hand into a sink full of harsh cleansers and use a cloth dunked in degreaser without wearing gloves, everyone thought i was nuts. maybe i am <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
another thing that might work is that Alpine gum, the stuff they say is for cough relief. i use it when i have a cold rather than take meds, it really does clear things up if you can stand the taste long enough. very strong
 
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