Someone on a forum recently shared that she puts Vicks Vaporub on her forehead and temples to help pacify severe headache pain. For greater relief, she puts a warm washcloth on her forehead after she applies the Vicks. She admitted that it’s a strange remedy, but that it works for her, so she’ll keep doing it.
While I haven’t tried this particular remedy, the post inspired me to dig up some Origins‘ Peace of Mind on-the-spot treatment that I had. A dab of the cream, which contains mint essential oils, can be rubbed on your temples, forehead, neck, your hairline or even on your scalp near where the pain is. It’s surprisingly soothing and the little bottle now shares a coveted place in my pharmaceutical arsenal.
At $10 a bottle, the Origins treatment is more expensive than Vicks, but it smells pretty, isn’t greasy and fits in a purse or pocket. And a little goes a long way, so it lasts a long time. I’ve tried similar, less expensive, products from Bath & Body Works and Garden Botanika, but neither was strong enough to provide much relief. A wintergreen or peppermint essential oil would probably serve the same purpose and may last a little longer, both on the skin and in the bottle.