Cucumber – Mint Headache Compress

Cucumber – Mint Headache Compress

1 cup (240 ml) water
2 teaspoons (10ml) dried mint
2 to 4 slices fresh cucumber


According to herbal lore, the cooling combination of cucumber and mint can be an effective duo in silencing the pain od a pounding headache, especially if it is occurring behind the eyes. Bring the water to a gentle boil. Steep the mint in the water for 10 to 15 minutes, keeping it covered to preserve the volatile oils. Strain the tea and refrigerate until ready to use. If you don't have time to let the tea cool in the refrigerator, use half the amount of water and add ice cubes after straining to cool the tea faster. To use, dip a clean washcloth in the cold tea and squeeze until damp. Lie down in a comfortable spot and place 1 to 2 cucumber slices over each eye. Then position the damp compress over your eyes and forehead and rest quietly until the headache subsides.

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