Do Showers Help Headaches? The Case For Heat Therapy
I experience headaches and migraines on a fairly regular basis, so I know how crummy they can make you feel! But if it’s not the kind of pain that has you glued to the couch, a warm shower can be a surprisingly effective intervention.
Taking a warm shower to soothe a headache is technically a form of heat therapy, which is often recommended for treating tension headaches and a variety of other ailments that can make us feel crummy. From common colds to garden variety aches and pains, the heat from a warm bath, hot water bottle, or heating pad can help ease our discomfort and help us feel better faster.
I can personally vouch for the soothing effect of a hot shower for headaches (or a warm shower, anyway). And I recently discovered a simple way to make a warm shower even more effective against headache pain, and that’s what I’ll be sharing with you today!
How To Soothe A Headache In The Shower
The Secret Behind The Ultimate Headache-Relieving Shower
I realized that I could amplify the headache relieving effects of a warm shower by incorporating Complete Relief, my headache-busting essential oil blend! Introducing this blend into the warm, steamy environment of your shower is an easy and natural way to relieve headache pain and start feeling better fast.
Step 1 – Select Your Water Temperature
A hot shower (or water that’s as warm as you can tolerate it) is great for easing all sorts of aches and pains, including tension headaches. However, it’s important to know that it’s not always the best choice!
If you tend to experience nausea as a side effect of headaches or migraines, hot water could make your nausea worse. In that case, cool water is your best bet for finding relief from both the headache and nausea!
Step 2 – Add Essential Oils
There are a few different ways to bring Complete Relief into the shower with you to help relieve a headache. Choose your favorite, or try them all to find out which one works best for you!
Method #1: Make A Shower Disk
Combine 1 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of Epsom salt, then add just enough water so that it holds its shape when you pinch it. Add 30 drops of Complete Relief to the mixture, stir well, then scoop it into the cavities of a silicone mold.
Allow the disks to air dry for up to 24 hours, then remove them carefully from the mold and store in an airtight container.
To use your shower disks, just place one on the floor of your shower. As it dissolves, the therapeutic oils will be released into the air where you can breathe them in!
Method #2: Add To Shampoo
Pour your usual amount of shampoo into your hand, then add a few drops of Complete Relief to it. Massage the shampoo and essential oils into your scalp to target your headache directly (and clean your hair while you’re at it!)
Method #3: Roll It On
Before you step into the shower, use the Complete Relief Ready-To-Apply Roll-On to swipe the blend onto your chest, shoulders, and the back of your neck. The steamy air and warm water will quickly carry the therapeutic aroma of the oils throughout your shower, and you’ll be feeling better in no time!
Step 3 – Relax And Rest
While you’re taking your shower, focus on taking slow, deep breaths. Play some relaxing music or nature sounds, and allow the water and essential oils to work their magic.
After your shower, drink a big glass of cool water, and lie down and rest for a while if possible. And if you can sneak a nap it, that’s even better! There’s very little a shower-and-nap combo can’t cure, in my experience! :-)
What’s your best tip for getting rid of a headache?