How To Use Essential Oils For Migraines

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Using essential oils for migraines can help relieve the pain and maybe even help prevent migraine headaches.

Lavender For Migraines

One technique that might stop a migraine you feel coming on is to:

  1. Fill a basin with 110-degree-Fahrenheit water. 
  2. Stir 5 drops of lavender essential oil into the water. (Another option is 4 drops lavender and 4 drops ginger essential oil.)
  3. Soak your hands in the water for a few minutes.

Another option is to use a headache compress:

  1. Mix 5 drops of lavender essential oil into 1 cup cold water (or use 3 drops lavender and 3 drops peppermint).
  2. Soak a soft cloth in the water.
  3. Place the cloth over your forehead and eyes.
  4. Repeat as desired.

Source: Healing With Aromatherapy

Note: You can use hot water if you prefer, 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 using a compress is inconvenient, another option is to diffuse an essential oil with an aromatherapy diffuser, use an aromatherapy inhaler that you can carry with you, or simply sniff an essential oil directly from the bottle. 

Other Essential Oils For Migraines

If lavender doesn't work for you, other aromatherapy oils for migraine headaches that you can use in a compress or diffuse are:

  • Basil
  • Eucalyptus globulus
  • Helichrysum
  • Marjoram
  • Peppermint
  • Roman chamomile
  • Rosemary
  • Wintergreen

Source: Aromatherapy for Health Professionals

Here's an aromatherapy blend for a compress:

  • 1 drop frankincense essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drop basil essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil

Source: Essential Oils For Healing

While aromatherapy for migraine headaches can help, getting migraine relief often requires a multi-faceted approach, including dealing with stress and physical imbalances.

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