Using essential oils for migraines to help relieve the pain may help you reduce or avoid medication that can have undesirable side effects. Consult your healthcare provider to know for sure your headaches are migraines. Severe pain doesn't always indicate a migraine and could be a severe tension headache. Also, you want to know you don't have another serious underlying medical condition.
You can use essential oils for migraine pain relief and perhaps prevention. Everyone is different, and no one essential oil or blend will work for all people—experiment!
One technique that might stop a migraine you feel coming on is to:
Or you could use a headache compress:
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Note: You can use hot water if you like, but most people with migraines prefer cold. You can also alternate hot and cold. Or use a cold lavender compress on your forehead, while at the same time using a warm compress with marjoram essential oil on the back of your neck.
If lavender doesn't work for you, other essential oils for migraine headaches that you can diffuse or use in a compress are:
Here's an aromatherapy for migraines recipe using three essential oils. Use the blend in a compress or dilute in carrier oil for neck and shoulder massage:
Here's an even stronger blend of essential oils for migraines:
Blend all the oils in a small glass jar. To use, massage a little of the blend over the temples and back of neck at the first sign of a migraine.
Combining massage with migraine essential oils gives you a double benefit. Massage helps relieve stiff, tender muscles in the back of the head, neck, and shoulders and alleviates trigger points that cause pain. Massage therapy is also great for relieving stress.
A few studies have shown that, at a minimum, massage therapy helps people who experience migraines sleep better and often significantly lessens headache pain. Massage is most effective when received regularly, ideally once a week until you experience fewer headaches.
When receiving massage therapy, be aware that mild discomfort can occur with even light, very gentle pressure from the most qualified massage therapist. However, if the pain becomes intense, immediately tell the therapist to stop.
Migraine pain relief often requires a multi-faceted approach, including dealing with stress and physical imbalances.
Relaxation techniques are safe with almost no side effects, although a few people might experience more anxiety rather than less. You can do the following relaxation techniques almost anywhere at any time:
Other factors to consider include diet, which can trigger migraines for some people. Watch out for these foods:
Lifestyle factors that can trigger migraines include change in sleep habits, overuse of headache medicines, too much stress, and environmental factors such as weather changes, high altitudes, loud noises, strong odors, of fluorescent or bright lights or bright sunlight.
You might want to keep a food, lifestyle, and headache diary to see you if can find a correlation between these factors and your headaches.
Emotional factors can also trigger migraines. If you want to address the emotional component of your migraines or any other condition, I highly recommend You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay.
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