Every time there’s a painful throbbing sensation in your forehead, what headache relief does your hands reach out first? Do you immediately go for paracetamol, ibuprofen, or aspirin? I used to be like that, until I became a registered nurse.
Medical professionals can never go away with the truth behind pharmacokinetics. It’s in our freakin’ prospectus and we can’t practice our profession without being familiar with it.
As a student, my favorite headache relief is ibuprofen in liquid gel form. If my kit runs out of ibuprofen, I have no choice but to take paracetamol. But did you know that if you frequently take these kind of drugs, you might ruin your liver? Yes, even the seemingly harmless paracetamol is capable of doing that.
When I resigned, I decided to stop taking headache medication. I opted for healthier alternatives and so far, these are my favorites. By the way, I will be updating this blog every time I’ll find new favorites.
These are My Personal Headache Relief Favorites
Oryspa Rice Bran Meditation Balm
This was balm was introduced to me by Jeph of Kiat Cebu. He applied some of it in my forehead after an exhausting yoga session. It felt so cool after a few seconds and the smell? Heavenly!
The balm has a similar consistency of Vick’s Vaporub but less smoother in texture. The color is green. The great thing about this balm is it’s made of natural ingredients:
- rice bran oil
- pili oil
- rice bran wax
- orange oil
I used to buy the 15 grams travel size containers (Php 85) but within a week, I run out of supply so I decided to buy the bigger container. It’s quite cheaper if you buy the bigger one. This 50 grams balm is just Php 265 while the 120 grams is Php 850. This can be used as a stress relief too!
Oryspa Peppermint Essential Oil
Any brand actually works fine but Oryspa is the one I’ve got right now. I just love how peppermint smells when I rub it in my hands and my forehead. It leaves a cool sensation that calms my nerves.
Although the instruction on the bottle says to put 2 to 3 drops per 50 mL of carrier oil (unscented rice bran oil) or put 2 to 3 drops on 20 mL of water for atomizer spray or burner and diffusers, I choose to take 2 to 3 drops and rub it on my hands then I inhale the vapors. It gives me a natural high which I personally think feels like inhaling cocaine or something. Hahahaha!
Just like the meditation balm, this can be a stress reliever too! If I am not mistaken, this one costs Php 195.
I love incense! It makes the entire room smell heavenly! So far, my favorite scents are rose, camphor, and sandalwood but the ones I’ve got now are vanilla, strawberry, apple, and camphor by Oryspa. Each packet is Php 25.
Aside from Oryspa, I buy my incense from an Indian shop in Mabolo. I forgot its name but I am planning to go back and order a lot of incense soon (and look for the name of the shop too).
Take a nap or long sleep
Most of the time, I find it very hard to get a nap or go to sleep immediately without using the first 3 things mentioned above. Every time we have a headache, it means that something’s wrong with our body and the best way for our body to heal is to give it enough rest. However, if things don’t get better even after a long rest, you should go visit a doctor.
My Thoughts About My Personal Headache Relief Favorites
I actually noticed that after resigning from the hospital, I began to have lesser headaches but around 3 years ago, I became more frequent. Looking back, I think it was due to my vitiligo.
If you are still not familiar with vitiligo, it’s a skin condition wherein the skin loses its pigment. That’s why I have lots of white patches all over my body.
A lot of people stare at me because of this and most of them think that it’s an-an. One to two years ago, people staring at me made me feel insecure but right now, I have emotionally accepted that I have this condition so I stare back at them with this on my mind, “What the heck are you looking at?”
Vitiligo may be or maybe not the reason why I had frequent headaches 3 years ago and I hope there will be more research about it. While searching on Google, I found this bit on eHealth Me about its correlation.
By the way, this is not a sponsored post. I bought everything because I love using and reusing these products.
This blog will be updated as soon as I will find new great stuff to share. Now that you’ve seen my list, I want to know what your headache relief favorites are!