Peppermint Works as Well as 1000mg Acetaminophen for Headaches!
- Published on: 25 February, 2016
- Last update: 07 August, 2017
Scientists recently discovered that acetaminophen, a common ingredient found in everyday pain relievers like Tylenol, is responsible for inhibiting people’s ability to feel positive emotions. Geoffrey Durso, the lead author of the study stated, “Rather than just being a pain reliever, acetaminophen can be seen as an all-purpose emotion reliever.”
As if this finding isn’t off-putting enough, Tylenol and other acetaminophen-based drugs are notorious for depleting your liver’s stores of the “master antioxidant”, glutathione. Due to the fact that it is literally a chemical, the liver is required to release a HUGE amount of glutathione to make it less toxic. Acetaminophen is the number 1 cause of liver failure in the U.K., and the 2nd most common cause in the U.S.
Needless to say, it’s important to limit your use of these over the counter pain relievers as much as possible. Once in a while, in times of emergency, it’s not going to kill you – but in the long run, you want to have natural remedies to try first in your medicine cabinet.
Lucky for us, nature always comes through with an (original) alternative!
In a 1996 German study, the effect of locally applied peppermint oil was tested on tension headaches. The diluted oil was applied across the forehead and temples of patients of both sexes, ages 18-65. Comparisons were made to the effects of 1,000mg acetaminophen, as well as to a placebo. The authors found that peppermint oil was working in 15 minutes, the same amount of time the acetaminophen took, and the effect was equal!
Peppermint oil is also used clinically for nausea, anxiety, panic attacks, and obsessive worrying. It works well for phobias involving public speaking, travel, dentists, and more.
For headaches, massage a few drops of diluted peppermint essential oil into your temples, forehead, and back of the neck. For panic attacks/fear, use 4-6 spritzes of peppermint spray!
- Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Pain Management by Michael I. Weintraub, MD (print)
- Effectiveness of Oleum menthae piperitae and paracetamol in therapy of headache of the tension type – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8805113
- Acetaminophen Blunts Evaluation Sensitivity to Both Negative and Positive Stimuli – http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/04/09/0956797615570366.abstract