Need quick headache relief?
Call yourself a headache-prone person?
Had too much caffeine?
Or too much screen time?
No matter how you’ve spent the day a headache can strike at anytime!
And when it does our day can quickly turn into an abyss of misery. Anyone who has slipped into an abyss of splitting headache pain knows how difficult it can make your day. Simple tasks such as typing, driving, or merely carrying on a conversation feels impossible when your head is pounding.
And no matter when or how it occurs all you want is the headache pain to stop. Sometimes the quickest solution is often the easiest. Take for example a hot shower.
Can something as simple as a shower get rid of headache?
According to Migraine.com (yeah, they might know a thing or two about headaches) a hot shower is a form of heat therapy recommended for headache relief. As a headache remedy the flow of warm water from the shower will help stop pain signals from traveling to your brain, which will reduce muscle tension in the upper body, and increase your blood flow.
And we’ve found a way to make this tension headache remedy even more effective!
Get rid of a headache fast with herbal allies!
When you know how to use them, herbs can do far more than season your Thanksgiving turkey. If you’ve watched Outlander than you’ve certainly seen the heroine Claire Randall making herbal tinctures and poultices to care for a Scottish army. Well, there’s truth in that storyline, herbal remedies have been used for centuries. Furthermore, they are still preferred by many people worldwide. Several herbal remedies still survive the passage of time and herbal headache remedies are definitely among them.
Feverfew Tanacetum partheniumThis danity herb has been a headache go-to since fifth century Greece. Feverfew is commonly called “featherfew” and “bachelor’s buttons” in European cultures where it has been traditionally used for headaches, insect bites, and minor aches and pains.
Feverfew bears clusters of numerous white flowers with yellow centers that resemble tiny daisies. As such it often confused with chamomile. Although closely related to chamomile, feverfew leaves are primarily used for herbal remedies rather than the flowers.
Today, feverfew is well known for preventing headaches and migraines, reducing their length and severity, as well as halting the nausea (Bone & Mills, 2013). Because of this, feverfew really has earned its nickname “migraine herb” by modern herbalists.
Peppermint Mentha piperita
Grown in most herb gardens and throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, peppermint leaves are loved for their flavor, aroma, and herbal remedies. Menthol is a household name, yet few realize it comes from the leaves of select mint plants, such as peppermint.
Menthol is the active ingredient in hundreds of over the counter medicines. Along with easing nausea, research has shown that is effective at stopping headache and migraine pain. It is truly one of the most easy to use herbal remedies for headache relief as you can apply it topically, consume it in a tea, or even inhale it through steam.
Blue Vervain Verbena hastata L.
Abundant in prairies and meadows across the Great Plains of North America and Europe, blue vervain was known as “all-heal” during the middle ages and its use even traces back to the time of Hippocrates in Ancient Greece. And in the Great Plains the Dakota tribe’s name for blue vervain translates to “medicine.” Needless to say, it’s got us intrigued!
Vervain’s use for natural headache relief comes from the root and leaves. It is specifically selected for reducing pain associated with tension (Gladstar, 1993). Sayonara tension headache!
Ready to pack these herbal allies into headache relieving shower bombs?
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- 1 or more small bath bomb mold (I have this bath bomb set)
- 1 metal whisk
- 2 glass mixing bowls (1 lg & 1 sm)
- ¼ cup arrowroot powder
- ½ cup baking soda
- ¼ cup citric acid
- ⅛ cup epsom salt
- 1 tablespoon blue vervain
- 1 tablespoon feverfew
- 1 tablespoon peppermint leaf
Headache Relief Shower Bomb Instructions:
First, you want to combine all of your dry ingredients into a large glass mixing bowl. Whisk well to combine and set aside. Then, pour all wet ingredients into a separate small glass mixing bowl and stir to combine.
Next, slowly add the wet mixture into your dry mixture, whisking as you go. After you combine the mixtures, scoop a small amount into your hand and squeeze it together to test the consistency. It should form together like wet sand.
(If the mixture is too dry, add a tiny amount more of sweet almond oil. Mix well and test again. Repeat until you have it right. Need help? Checkout this Bath Bomb Guide).
Feels like wet sand? Perfect! Scoop each half of the bath bomb mold into the mixture until it’s just overflowing. Press together and let stand 1 to 2 minutes. Gently release each shower bomb and allow them to dry uncovered for approximately 8 hours before using or storing them.
We love to make these herbal headache relief shower bombs on a rainy afternoon and keep them prepped in jar anytime a headache strikes.
This shower bomb recipe makes 8 small bath bombs. And you only need 1 for quick headache relief!
How do you get rid of a headache fast at home with herbal headache shower bombs?
Step 1: Make it Rain
Or shower in this case. Turn on a hot shower to ease muscle stiffness and increase blood flow. Allow the warming shower spray to flow from your head and down your neck and shoulders. If you’re feeling nauseous or dizzy sit down under the shower spray.
Step 2: Use a Shower Bomb
Place one herbal headache relief shower bomb near the rear of the shower away from the direct spray. This will create an intense aroma in the shower, in turn loosening up the grip of a tension headache. Peppermint and eucalyptus oil have each been studied as an effective headache remedy (source).
You might also consider making using a body wash with menthol such as this creamy homemade body wash or by adding peppermint oil to our kokum butter body wash recipe. Each will help spread the aroma and further the headache relieving effects of menthol.
Step 3: Steam
By placing the herbal headache relief shower bomb out of the shower spray you are allowing the aroma to permeate through the shower steam. The effect will be most noticeable during the first few minutes. This is why we say that using a shower bomb is step two, after you’re already in the shower.
We suggest that you close the bathroom door and keep the vent off for the full effect. According to the Mayo Clinic deep breathing from the diaphragm can help to consciously relax muscles. And breathing this herbal steam can really add to the relaxation.
Step 4: Massage and Compress
Might we suggest giving your neck and temples a quick massage, too? This will boost blood flow and help quickly relieve a tension headache!
Use can take this step during or after a shower. After massaging apply a warm compress to the back of the neck. A simple washcloth soaked in hot water will do. Wrap it around the back of your neck or drape it across your shoulders for several minutes. Even the Mayo Clinic reports it’s an amazing headache reliever!
After you’ve used our natural step by step approach to gang-busting a headache away, put on some comfy PJs, and put on a sleep mask. Wrap yourself up in your bed sheets and take a nap. Because girl…you deserve it!
*Bone, K., Mills, S. (2013). Principles and practice of phytotherapy. 2 edn. Edinburgh/London: Churchhill Livingston & Elsevier.
*Gladstar, R. (1993). Herbal healing for women. New York: Fireside Books.