This post is written by dear friend and former fellow dorm mother, Katie Mae Stanley. She has been a great source of insperation to me, as well as a teacher, helping me find the ideal homemade solutions to many formerly hazy subjects. A couple years ago she came up to a solution to a troubling headache of mine, today she shares the recipe with us!
Do you suffer from headaches? Yes? Me too. I have been there more times than I can count.
When we get headaches it is a natural response to pop a pill and move on with the day. Unfortunately pain pills are horrible for your body. If you are anything like me you can't continue on with the day without treating a headache which could quickly become a migraine.
A couple of summers ago I visited Finaorlena when she was a teacher at the school run by mutual friends of ours in Sinaloa, Mexcio. She had a throbbing headache that would not go away. There were classes to teach, lice to pick, errands to run and a tea party to bake for. Her headache staying around was not an option. Plus she needed to hang out with me, right?
I decided to whip up a batch of my "spicy chocolate" that I had been making since that past spring to treat my own headaches.
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This simple spicy chocolate headache paste is a tasty, yet somewhat spicy way to ease the pain. What is the key ingredient you ask? Cayenne pepper. This vibrant red pepper (caspcium) increases blood circulation and equalizes blood pressure, reliving the headache. I first learned about using cayenne to treat headaches from Jill's Home Remedies.
Even though I LOVE spicy food I couldn't quite stomach cayenne in just water like Jill suggests. I was ecstatic to try it, which is why I decided to create a spicy chocolate - because who doesn't like chocolate? (There are a few of you out there and I'll just say it now: I do not understand. It's a tragedy. Moving on...)
Cayenne is the best natural pain reliever that I have come across. I use it in this paste, spicy " lemonade" and in capsule form.
This paste can be eaten by the teaspoon till the headache starts to ease. Another way I have started taking my spicy headache paste is to make spicy hot cocoa. I add a tablespoon or two of the paste to warm milk let the cayenne do it's work while I sip on a tasty drink.
Spicy Chocolate Headache Paste1/3 cup raw honey
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp real salt
Add all the ingredients to a bowl. Stir together until smooth.
Store in an a glass, air tight container for up to a week on the counter or one month in the fridge.
What are you best tips for naturally easing headaches?
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