Headaches vary both in their intensity and the area of the head affected. Mayo Clinic explains: “Headaches may occur on one or both sides of the head, be isolated to a certain location, radiate across the head from one point, or have a vice-like quality.” The duration can also range from anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours.
A tension headache is commonly described as a constant ache that affects both sides of the head.
What’s more, One small study looked at the topical application of a 10 percent menthol solution for migraine treatment.
Menthol is the chemical component of peppermint oil.
They found that when applied to the forehead and temples, participants had a longer duration of pain relief and less nausea and light sensitivity compared to placebo.
One study examined the effect of peppermint oil tablets on people with difficulty swallowing and non-cardiac chest pain.
Over half of the participants reported an improvement in their symptoms.
According to the NHS, certain activities can worsen your headache symptoms so are best to be avoided.
It says to avoid:
- Drinking alcohol
- Skipping meals (even if you might not feel like eating anything)
- Sleeping more than you usually would – it can make the headache worse
- Straining your eyes for a long time – for example, by looking at a screen