Peppermint and menthol crystals
Menthol is the main active constituent in peppermint, which has a long tradition of being used to relieve headaches. Both peppermint as a whole and menthol create a cooling sensation and a painkilling effect when applied on the skin. There is a well-established body of scientific evidence demonstrating that applying menthol or peppermint to the forehead and temples can relieve headaches and migraines. In addition to its locally cooling and painkilling effect, peppermint also increases blood flow of capillaries in the forehead. It induces muscle relaxation, pain relief and mental relaxation, supporting improvements in headache intensity. Peppermint is also effective in reducing nausea, muscle tension and nasal congestion (so it is excellent for sinus headaches).
Dried German chamomile flowers and Roman chamomile essential oil
Both German and Roman Chamomile enhance mood, alleviate inflammation and ease pain and spasms. They help address stress and tension, which are common triggers of headaches. They are mild sedatives, meaning that they gently reduce restlessness and anxiety, and help ease an overactive mind. They are well absorbed into the skin, and studies suggest that applying chamomile externally to the forehead and temples helps relieve pain in migraines.
Wood betony is a nerve tonic, meaning it supports the nervous system and helps relieve pain, tension, stress and anxiety. It enhances circulation to the head and improves memory and concentration. It has strong evidence of traditional use dating back centuries to address migraines, headaches and nerve pain.
Lavender essential oil
Lavender lifts the spirits and relieves tension, pain, stress and anxiety, and its use to remedy stress-related headaches and migraines is well documented. Its uplifting and soothing scent creates a sense of calm and relaxation.
Extra virgin olive oil
We use extra virgin olive oil as the base oil for this balm as it is moisturising, hypoallergenic, antiinfective and anti-inflammatory. It is a very stable oil that maintains its healing properties when gently infused like in this recipe. It is also rich in a host of potent natural antioxidants – which not only protect the skin from the effects of sun radiation, pollution and other stressors, but also help preserve the balm for longer. Containing plenty of vitamin A, D, E and K, it is nourishing, soothing and protective to the skin.
We use candelilla wax to thicken the balm into just the right consistency and texture for massaging onto the forehead and temples. Candellila wax is very similar to beeswax. We avoid using beeswax in order to offer fully plant-based balms. It is derived from the candelilla plant, which grows in the Chihuahuan desert in Mexico, providing livelihoods to local smallholder producers (“candelilleros”) who sustainably harvest the plant. Candelilla wax is soothing to the skin, does not block pores (making it safe for oily skin) and is naturally rich in beneficial vitamin A. The plant leaf is so full of wax that you can light it like a candle!
This product contains extra virgin olive oil, candelilla wax, menthol, peppermint, chamomile, wood betony, Roman chamomile essential oil and lavender essential oil.
Massage onto the forehead and temples as and when needed. External use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not apply to broken or sensitive skin. Store in a cool and dry place. Keep out of reach of children.