Alternative Remedy Reduces Headaches in 15 Minutes

The first place many of us turn for headache relief is to a bottle of acetaminophen-laced pills. We don’t blame you…it does work. But the problem is that it’s dangerous to take it all the time.

Constant use of acetaminophen can cause liver damage, kidney damage, and even stomach bleeding. That’s why it’s important to find an alternative that works just as good…without any side effects. Now, research shows that one natural oil can fill that role.

A German study from the highly-regarded University of Kiel shows that applying this oil to your head can significantly reduce headache intensity after 15 minutes. The study was led by Dr. Harmut Göbel, who is the director of Kiel Pain Clinic. “(The) oil proves to be a well-tolerated and cost-effective alternative to usual therapies,” he says.

Other top doctors in the US reviewed the findings out of Germany…and they agree this oil can put an end to headache pain. Dr. Benjamin Kligler is an associate professor of family medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. He wrote about the oil in the journal American Family Physician.

“Topical application of (the) oil (is) effective in the treatment of headache,” he says. Dr. Kligler also added that it’s a very safe alternative.

The Oil vs. 1,000 mg of Acetaminophen

The oil that can reduce your headache pain is peppermint oil. Peppermint has been used throughout history for digestive orders, but the fact that it also soothes headache pain is welcome news. You probably have it every day in your gum or your toothpaste…but it’s likely that you’ve never used the oil itself.

Dr. Göbel’s study included 41 patients and a total of 164 headache attacks. The peppermint oil or a placebo was spread across the patients’ forehead and temples. The patients then kept a headache diary and noted that their headache pain.

The peppermint oil significantly reduced headache intensity within 15 minutes and continued to relieve pain up until the hour-long observation period ended. So the peppermint oil successfully and quickly ended headaches.

But what about acetaminophen?

Dr. Göbel said it also worked well, but we already knew that was the case.

“There was no significant difference between the efficacy of 1,000 mg of acetaminophen and peppermint oil,” he says.

As we mentioned, the problem with acetaminophen isn’t that it doesn’t work…it’s that it’s not safe. Peppermint oil is a much safer alternative. And if both are equally effective…why not give it a try?

Just One Drop?

Peppermint is available online or at health stores. Make sure you get the liquid oil and not the capsules so you can apply it to your head. Look for a product that contains 100 percent peppermint oil.

You only need to put a small drop in your hand and apply it to your forehead and temples. If your headache still remains, you can reapply another time after 15-30 minutes.

This is a great way to relieve headache pain without adding further damage to your internal organs.

To your best health,

Michael Jelinek,

Managing Editor, NHD “Health Watch”

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  1. Joseph says:

    When someone has a head ache and no medicines are available,
    if you’ll pardon the pun, in a pinch I’ve found Acupressure to
    be quite effective. Having someone else Pinch or squeeze each fingernail and thumbnail for 30 seconds and in the meat of the muscle between the thumb and index finger for 90 seconds relaxes and releases most people from their head aches. It is a master trigger point that even relaxes organs within their body. It seems to work best when someone else does the pinching, as self treatment tends to re-stress the hand doing the pinching. Massaging the neck and head tends to release head aches also, as can meditating on shrinking the size and changing the color of the ache. Masseurjoe

  2. jeanne says:

    Thank you. I will turn to my little container of peppermint oil more often now. I am a chronic migraine sufferer.

  3. Camilla says:

    Hello, yes the peppermint oil will help with a headache, but what about us migraine sufferers? I have tried everything, and nothing but the strong migraine medication works, and sometimes it does not work.

  4. Ilze says:

    Thank you for the peppermint oil information.

  5. Ursula says:

    Peppermint oil cure for headaches is welcome information.
    This all-natural and harmless procedure is a very satisfactory replacement for Tylenol and other drugs

  6. bill lamie says:

    My sister has had several health disorders; extremely low iron levels, difficulty in breathing, doctors say asthma, they have not found kidney or liver damage, and they have not found her cure yet. she had been a heavy user of Tylenol and alcohol, and strong prescription anti-depressants. she is doing somewhat better now, eating fruits and vegetables, excesizing and cut out the alcohol. any suggestions? thanks

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