When attacked by a headache, the only thing that sounds remotely pleasant is lying down, closing your eyes, and falling asleep. Unfortunately, more often than not, we’re engaged in various daily activities like helping the kids with homework, putting up with a crabby boss, trying to cook for the family, etc.
When the throbbing sets in, and lying down just isn’t an option, instead of promptly medicating yourself, you can carry around a little tin of this relieving headache balm and rub some on your temples, the back of your neck, or anywhere you feel tense or sore to help soothe the pain.
Required Ingredients and Health Benefits
Peppermint Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Lavender Oil, Beeswax, Shea Nut Oil, Grapeseed Oil.
Peppermint contains menthol, and menthol produces a cooling feeling on the skin, which couples with the refreshing fragrance, aids relieve tension and resulting tension headaches.
Fresh and energizing, eucalyptus soothes without making you sleepy. Researchers have shown the scent increases brainwave activity and lessens fatigue. When rubbed on muscles, it helps relieve tension and soreness.
Lavender is also an amazing soothing scent, being used in a number of researchers testing the benefits of aromatherapy.
Changes in brain wave patterns for people exposed to the scent suggested increased and better laxation and a resulting loss of tension in muscles.
Beeswax/Shea nut oil/grapeseed oil
All of these vital ingredients are what give the balm its body, and most of this ingredients are easier to obtain than their names suggest (Grapeseed oil can be found at your local grocery store.)
You will need
- 15-20 drops of peppermint oil,
- 10 drops of lavender oil.
- 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil,
- 1/4 cup Shea nut oil,
- a tablespoon grapeseed oil and
- 2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles/grated beeswax
Making your own roots balm is easy, and takes around 20 minutes from start to finish. In a double boiler over medium heat dissolve a ¼ cup of Shea nut oil, a tablespoon of grapeseed oil and 2 tablespoons of beeswax pastilles or grated beeswax together.
Turn off the heat when thoroughly mixed, and put 20 drops of peppermint oil, 10 drops of lavender oil, and 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil. Pour into a small container with a tightly fitting cover, and allow cool and solidify.
Massage a bit onto your temples, back of the neck, the pressure point between the thumb and forefinger, or anywhere that needs some relieving when you feel tense or an impending headache and breathe deeply.
Adding more wax results to a more solid balm, whereas adding more oil results to a softer one. You can also infuse your oil to give your balm an additional boost.
We’ve been programmed to think that things such as balm are out of our reach, but this headache remedy is well within your capabilities. You can adjust the scent of your roots balm to be stronger or less powerful, depending on your personal preference.