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Cure A Headache In The Shower With This Brilliant Tip

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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.

Related: 9 Simple Ways To Ease Annoying Headache Pain Naturally

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!

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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.

How To use a hot shower for headache

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

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

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!

Related: How To Make Homemade Shower Disks To Clear Congestion

Method #2: Add To Shampoo

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

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

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?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • Are there any EO’s that can be used until we can purchase your proprietary blend? I am sitting here equipped with over 100 oils and it seems I ALWAYS need to purchase another one! Gets frustrating…any suggestions?

  • I have had headaches and migraines for years. About a year ago I ended up in the ER because of out of control blood pressure. I now take medicine and I have to say the headaches have lessened by 75%.

  • I have had migraines off and on for years. I found that the following works….1. don’t eat milk chocolate, dark seems to be OK for me. 2. soak your feet in epsom salts or peppermint foot soak in as hot a water as you can stand, but also tie a scarf around your temples just above your eyes. This helps the blood vessels contract with the hot water drawing blood away from your head. This one is an old wives tale, my dr. says as long as it works use it.

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