All of my life, I have struggled with bad headaches. I think I borderline on migraines, but that was never proven. When I was tested in high school, I was told I drink too much caffeine! And that was before I drank coffee – the only caffeine I had was tea, because I didn’t drink soda at all as a kid! Oh and I had a possible brain tumor .. however after a CAT scan they said that didn’t seem to pan out. Oh well ..all I know is that I get headaches a lot!
I’m the kind of person that took so much ibroprofen for years, it stopped working for me! I have alternated between over the counter pain killers; right now it is Tylenol that is working for me.
I saw this post from Prudent Living on a homemade herbal salve for sore muscles and headaches, and I knew I had to try it! Recently, I have been having a lot of sinus headaches as well. I think it is allergy related – I’ve been sneezing a lot, and have a lot of congestion. I have found that Aleve D reallllly works for me, and it lasts 12 hours, so that is a bonus! But, I am really into trying natural and herbal remedies recently, and I would love to not have to take so much medicine!
This salve has lavender, yarrow, and arnica flowers in it. The yarrow is has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties, and also helps relax blood vessels. Arnica is good at removing pain, especially when the skin is unbroken – kinda like a headache!
Homemade Headache-Be-Gone and Sore Muscle Salve
1 cup sweet almond oil
2 tbsp lavender flowers
2 tbsp yarrow leaf and flower
2 tbsp arnica flowers
1/4 cup beeswax
Combine and herbs and oil in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Place in a crockpot on low, and add enough water to the crockpot to almost cover the jar. Cook on low for 2-3 days, adding more water when needed. This will infuse the herbs into the oil, and you won’t have to worry about burning the herbs on the stove! I love this method for infusing herbs into oil!
Strain the oil from the herbs – I use cheesecloth over a fine mesh strainer.
Strain into a stove proof pan. Add the beeswax and heat over low heat to melt the beeswax.
Stir while this melts over low heat.
Pour into a storage container – I used 2 different 4 ounce containers.
Let cool, and it will firm up.
I have been rubbing this onto my temples, and also my neck where my muscles get tight. I won’t say I am 100%, but this really is helping!