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Peppermint Tea: A Natural Headache Cure

>30 August 2012
 
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Natural Headache Cure

Every now and then my eight year old, Jada, gets a headache. It usually happens after she’s been reading for a long time, or playing on the computer. She’s far-sighted, but she doesn’t always wear her glasses. I think it probably strains her eyes when she reads for a long period of time and then puts the book down and focuses at greater distances.

I’ve tried different natural headache cures to try to relieve her discomfort, with little success. I’ve used lavender essential oils, a heating pad, pressure points, laying her down for a while, putting the glasses on to see if that would help… but nothing really did it. Tylenol was a last resort, and was always the only thing that helped.

But I hate using Tylenol. I really wanted a natural headache cure that would really work!

And then tonight, when Jada complained of her head hurting (after reading an entire chapter book in one sitting!), I pulled out my herbal books and searched for another remedy.

I came across Peppermint Tea, and I knew I had to try it. I have peppermint growing like crazy, and have yet to put it to good use.

After gathering a handful of the fresh, green leaves (oh how I love the aroma of fresh peppermint leaves), I brought them into the house to wash.

As I got a pot of water boiling on the stove, I pulled out my special teapot. It’s a Tupperware Blooming Teapot w/ Infuser. And it’s GREAT for brewing loose leaf teas!

After washing the peppermint and picking the leaves from the stem, I tore the leaves up a bit and placed them into the infuser. I used a palm-ful of leaves, probably 1/4 c. worth.

I placed the infuser back into the teapot, and poured about two cups of boiling water over the tea leaves. Then I replaced the lid and allowed it to steep for several minutes.

The smell was amazing.

Jada enjoyed her hot peppermint tea sweetened with a little honey. She contentedly sipped the steamy drink slowly, and by the time she had finished her cup she was remarkably better. Not only was her headache gone, but her belly ache from eating too many nuts was also relieved (which, indeed, is another use for peppermint tea).

Success!! A natural headache cure that actually did what it was supposed to do! No Tylenol necessary.

I’m sure the effects of peppermint tea vary by person and by the degree of pain the headache is causing, but for my daughter it did the trick. Which makes this mama very happy.

Update: I’ve been using peppermint tea to treat our headaches for over a year now. It is my #1 go-to remedy for natural headache relief, and it almost always does the trick. I’m not going to say it works 100% of the time, but it really does have a success rate for us for about 95% of the headaches we get. Sometimes it takes 2 cups to work… but it works!

Have you ever tried peppermint tea as a natural headache cure? Do you have another remedy that you have found to work best?

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18 Comments »

  • April said:

    I’ve never tried peppermint tea but if I sniff some peppermint oil while I have a migraine it really helps. I’ll have to try the tea too. Glad Jada is feeling better. :-)

  • Jennifer V said:

    My middle daughter gets 1-2 headaches a month that usually progress into a migraine. I am going to have to try peppermint tea next time she gets one. I have a peppermint growing rampant in our backyard.

  • LindaG said:

    I’ve bookmarked this to try. Don’t know if I have any wild peppermint, but I want to grow some. I’ve heard it’s invasive and best grown in pots; but I’ve also heard that mint is good to keep mice away, so if it wanted to go crazy around the house, I’d let it.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Lizzi said:

    Hi there! I have migraines, very intense migraines, about 5 times a month. Im currently taking tramadol but hate the side effects plus I would like to try something natural. I looked around my town for peppermint seeds and couldnt find it. Does any of you have and are able to share with me? Im kind of lost on this. I take lemon balm tea and helps a little bit but peppermint sounds promising. Thanks!

  • Vanessa said:

    I have had consistent migraines for several years. The best thing I have ever done for headaches was to drink peppermint tea, take a bath with Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap for bubbles, or use peppermint oil on a washrag on my head or rubbed into my temples. It works so well! Hopefully this one will continue to work for your little miss….may she ever be a child to sit and read a whole book at once!

  • Kendra at New Life On A Homestead (author) said:

    Lizzi,

    You should look for peppermint plants, not seeds :) I bet you could find some at any large hardware store or garden shop! You can also buy organic peppermint tea at Whole Foods or other Health Food Stores, as well as some Walmarts. Best to you.

  • Howard said:

    I have never tried it for a headache, but it works well for an upset stomach.

  • Lanna said:

    Our family isn’t big on tea, nor do we seem to have migraines (knock on wood).

    But we do use an awful lot of arnica. I use it for practically everything. When I end up in fisticuffs with tree branches. When hubby comes home from a day of wood cutting. When the kids crash into each other in the yard. Been using the Hyland’s/Boiron pellets, and finally got my hands on some arnica plants so we’ll see what I can conjure up next year from my yard. :)

  • Oma said:

    I’ve had migraines for most of my adult life. My daughter also had them. We tried many remedies (I took Imitrex for many years). I read that selenium and magnesium citrate are helpful in reducing the amount and intensity of migraines. We started taking the supplements and shortly realized that we weren’t having migraines as a matter of course anymore. My daughter had a migraine but realized that she had run out of selenium. Since then, no migraines!

    I have been using peppermint tea very successfully with indigestion and upset stomach.

  • ashlee said:

    I have a migraine right now. How fitting that I read this. I should try it.

  • Lizzi said:

    thank you kendra, I will go tomorrow. In the same trip I will try to get selenium and magnesium citrate

  • Sophie said:

    I’ve used peppermint for stomach ache before, it works well. I will have to try for headaches, but my peppermint did not thrive :( I think aphids just got it too soon.

    I’m far-sighted too, it is important that Jada wears her glasses… There’s high chances of strabism (eyes turning inwards or outwards) because eyes can accommodate, and strain.

  • The Well-Rounded Mama said:

    Yep, peppermint is good for headaches and tummy issues. There is even research to support this:

    http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/555147

    But just about all the mints are quite invasive so they are best planted in containers.

  • Kevin B said:

    I just did a small article regarding different teas that can be used for headaches. Please let me know if you have something that works for you.

    http://www.thewhistlingkettle.com/blog/teas-for-headaches/

  • JANICE said:

    HELLO!!!

    I AM AN EPILEPTIC. WHEN I GET A SEIZURE, I USUALLY TEND TO GET A HEADACHE AFTERWARDS, BUT TAKING SOME MINT TEA REALLY HELPS. I AM NOW TRYING IT FOR A STOMACH ACHE!!! :)

  • Kendra at New Life On A Homestead (author) said:

    So glad the mint tea helps you, Janice!

  • Holly (Your Gardening Friend) said:

    Kendra,

    I didn’t realize peppermint could be such a powerful remedy for headaches. My husband gets headaches and neck aches often. He uses pressure points and stretches which help a lot. When that doesn’t work he goes to the medicine cabinet. I’ll have to try this.

    Thanks!

  • Kendra at New Life On A Homestead (author) said:

    Try it, Holly! Make it pretty strong so it has more impact if the headache is really bad. I hope it helps. My daughter LOVES it when I make peppermint tea for her headaches. It never fails.

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