Essential Oils for Headaches

Essential oils can provide comfort and relief from some of the common painful symptoms of
headaches. They can reduce the underlying causes of headaches, including muscle
inflammation, stress, and poor circulation of blood in the brain. You will definitely want to seek
the advice of a doctor to effectively treat any underlying health issues that may be contributing
to the pain in your head.

Essential oils can offer relief and sensory pleasure when you are in an otherwise tense and
uncomfortable state of mind. They are also a great, natural alternative to the most popular
option for treating headaches; painkillers, and come with none of the nasty side effects. Many
headache sufferers find the mentally calming effect they have on the nerves and psyche to be
of great help.

There are several methods of enjoying the benefits of essential oil when you’re suffering from a
headache. Rub a few drops of your chosen oil into the palms of your hands and breathe deeply.
These deep breaths should relax you even without the oil, but now you have the wonderful
scent to focus on as you take a moment of serenity for yourself. Try putting a few drops of the
oil on a cotton ball in a closed container and you’ll find it’s easy to create a portable system of
administration to use on the go.

Those who find the effect of smelling straight oil too potent can place a few drops of your oil of
choice into a diffuser. Lay down and let your tension drift away as the diffuser gently fills the
room with the oil’s relaxing scent.

If you suffer from sinus related headaches, try placing some essential oil into a bowl filled with
boiling water, cover your head and the bowl with a towel, and breathe in the relaxing scent in
steam form.

For a soothing massage, mix your favorite essential oils into a carrier oil base and apply the
combination topically. Rub it into your temples or anywhere else you feel the stress of the
headache tension.

Lavender

Those whose headaches stem from allergies may find lavender essential oil to be a good choice.
The scent of lavender also acts as a mild sedative, making it perfect for quieting a nighttime
headache so you can get some much needed rest. Lavender is also popular for combating
symptoms of PMS, and for balancing hormones. Try applying some lavender essential oil
topically by massaging it into your temples.

Chamomile

Chamomile is known for its soothing sedative effect, and it’s also an anti-inflammatory. Settle
into bed and listen to some soft music as chamomile diffuses into the air and lifts the stress of
your headache away. Its warm aroma is a comfort in the winter months.
Peppermint

The scent of peppermint helps to clear the mind. The inhalation or topical application of
peppermint essential oil can have a dramatically positive effect on those who suffer from
tension headaches. Try combining it with coconut oil for a delicious smelling and relaxing
massage.



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