4 Essential Oils for Headaches
Got a headache, but unable to find anything to relieve it? I’ve been there — perhaps more times than I would like to (in fact, I have one right now! Ha). And if you’re at all like me, I always want to fix the underlying cause rather than retort to a pain reliever or some prescription drug, so these leaves me to get rather creative in finding methods of relief.
For each person the causes can be a little bit different, but for myself I’ve noticed that it’s usually either digestive or sinus related — and either of those could very well just be rooted in stress. One may simply say “take some time to relax in a hot warm bath” and that will relieve everything. Yet, as I’m sure many others can agree, that’s not so easily the case.
What I have found in my exploration of “natural cures” using aromatherapy can work wonders. Now, I don’t necessarily mean just lotions or shower gels, but rather actual 100% natural essential oils with no additives. These are four that I have found work well for me for headache relief and they should also not negatively effect your sleep in anyway if you use it at night or before bed.
1. Eucalyptus Essential Oil. For all of those Bath and Body’s Works fans out there: Yes, this is the main ingredient in their “Stress Relief” product. This was actually recommended to me from a friend who used to regularly suffer from migraines. I must say that has really help me find relief — even in the most torturing migraines. It is also great to use during any sinus headaches because the powerful smell of eucalyptus helps clear your sinuses. It is a natural expectorant and is anti-inflammatory.
2. Lavender Essential Oil. Personally, I use this not only for headaches but also to help me “wind down” at the end of the day and to sleep more peacefully. As an essential oil, lavender has a very mild scent and it’s likely that if you’re used to more synthetic smells you won’t notice it at first. However, this is still one of the most popular essential oils purchased. It is naturally anti-inflammatory and a sedative. Because it is so mild and is anti-inflammatory, it can also be used to treat acne spots.
3. Roman Chamomile Essential Oil. With the natural scent of Chamomile, it is no doubt that this oil is great for relaxation and to help you sleep better. Dab some of this on before bed and hopefully you’ll wake up fully rested and headache-free!
4. Helichrysum Essential Oil. I have honestly not tried this one yet, but it is supposed to have a fresh scent. It is also supposed to be a very powerful anti-inflammatory.
Now, how do you use these essential oils? Technically, you are supposed to mix it with a carrier oil because it is too strong to put directly on your skin. However, I’ll admit that I’ve put lavender oil directly on my neck and forehead without any problems or hesitation because it is such a mild oil. I suppose that yoga instructor that used to put essential oil on our necks during our final relaxation pose put me into a bad habit!
How are you technically supposed to use them? Here’s a little guide:
1 oz Carrier Oil (such as Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil)
10-12 drops of the essential oil of choice (Eucalyptus may only require 6-8)
You should mix the ingredients in a bottle thoroughly and then rub the mixture on your next, temples, forehead, etc. You must always be careful not to get it in your eyes — and if you happen to on accident, trust me you will know!
Would you like to try it out? Here are some options below. Always be sure when purchasing essential oils that it lists 100% on the label.
*Note: Also, always be sure to check the size of the bottle of essential oil you are purchasing. Some are harder to extract from the plants so they cost much more per ounce. Always know how much you are getting beforehand so you are not unpleasantly surprised.
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