Ah, the holidays. The most joyous time of the year. Family is coming to stay. Friends are visiting and bringing wine and spirits. Carollers are dropping by. The kids are home from school. The pets are cooped up inside while a blanket of snow covers the landscape outside. Ideal, right?

Except… the family won’t leave. Your mother’s nagging you about why you still haven’t hung up that portrait of Michael Bublé she got you last year. You may have had just a glass too much of that wine your friend brought. The carollers could use a tuning fork. The kids are arguing over whose turn it is to use the video game system. The dog prefers to stay inside barking at the snow instead of going out in it… In short, you’ve got one major headache.

Don’t worry. We’ve got your back. You can regain your calm without having to resort to extreme measures. There’s effective natural headache relief accessible to you. So, walk away from the pain relief aisle of the drug store. You don’t need to pop pills, hit the egg nog, or dip in for another handful of chocolates. All you need is a little essential oil.

Unlike pain relievers, essential oils are all natural and can provide natural headache relief, aid circulation, and destress. They can also boost your immune system.

Here are our tried-and-true methods for using essential oils for headaches:

  1. Rub some pure lavender oil on your forehead. After a stressful day of work, it can give you almost instant relief. Lavender oil can also aid sleep, meaning you’ll get more rest and be happier in the morning.
  2. Apply peppermint essential oil topically across the forehead. This can alleviate a tension headache.
  3. Massage lavender or peppermint oil into the temples to relieve migraine headaches and ease feelings of nausea and anxiety.
  4. Use eucalyptus or peppermint oil topically on the temples, forehead, and wrists to alleviate stress and reduce tension. You can also add oil to your bath water for a great destresser.
  5. Using eucalyptus oil topically on the chest, the top of the nose, and the temples can open up the nasal passages and relieve sinus tension.
  6. Place diffusers strategically around your house with your favourite essential oils. It will keep both you and your guests calm. If you don’t have a diffuser, or want to be more discreet, you can incorporate essential oils into your holiday decorating. Place a few drops on a basket of pinecones. Put a few drops of oil in a glass decorated with snowflakes.

Peppermint essential oil in particular smells like the holidays, so your guests might think it’s all part of the holiday spirit — making you look like a great host, and keeping you de-stressed.

Don’t let the holidays stress you out. Remember, they only come once a year and when they’re over you’ll miss all the time you got to spend with your family and loved ones. Thursday Plantation Canada can help you maintain your peace with natural headache relief.

Get your favourite essential oils at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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