Using essential oils for headaches is a natural way to relieve tension and pain. Of course, check with your healthcare practitioner first to make sure your headaches aren't caused by a serious medical condition.
This article focuses on tension headaches. Also see Migraine Pain Relief.
For a tension headache, most people can safely massage 2 drops of undiluted lavender essential oil on their temples, behind the ears, and across the back of the neck. Apply twice, if needed. If you are sensitive, dilute the essential oil using a carrier oil.
alternative to lavender is Roman chamomile, which also soothes and relaxes. Dilute with a carrier oil.
Although many people swear by lavender for headaches, it never much worked for me. My personal experience is that rubbing a drop of peppermint essential oil into my palms and smelling it for a few minutes or rubbing it on the back of my neck usually does wonders for getting rid of a headache. Keep peppermint away from your eyes, as it will cause them to burn.
Blend: 3 drops lavender and 1 drop peppermint in one-half to one teaspoon carrier oil. Massage around neck and temples.
For sinus congestion headaches, eucalyptus and peppermint may help relieve congestion. Add 4 drops of each to a pot of steaming water and breathe in the vapors, being careful not to burn yourself.
For headaches during your menstrual period, marjoram may help.
This next suggestion works best if you use it at the first sign of a headache: Add 2 drops each of lavender, marjoram, and peppermint to a tissue. Sniff deeply three times. Or use the oils to make an aromatherapy inhaler that you can carry with you.
For the following blends, drop the essential oils for headaches and the carrier oil into a 1-ounce (30 ml) bottle. Cap, and then shake gently. At the first sign of a a headache, rub some of the blend onto your neck and shoulders. You can also massage a few drops into your scalp or sinus points. Be sure to avoid your eyes.
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You can use these three essential oil blends for headache relief or to help prevent headaches.
Make the blends using 2 teaspoons carrier oil. Massage a few drops onto your temples, forehead, neck, and shoulders.
Blend 1: Aromatherapy for headache caused by muscle tension
Blend 2: Essential oils for headaches caused by negative emotions
Blend 3: Essential oil blend for headache caused by nervous tension
You can also use 15 drops of this blend in an aromatherapy bath.
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If computer eye strain makes your head hurt, use this blend:
Combine all ingredients and store in a small, dark glass jar with a lid.
Keep the jar by your computer. When you feel a headache coming on, massage a little of the mixture onto your temples and back of your neck.
For a bath to help relieve a tension headaches, add one of the following essential oil blends to your bath water:
Or use this foot bath and compress:
If none of the above suggestions work for you, Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art also suggests these essential oils for headaches:
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