Both emotional and physical stress can lead to headaches. When used correctly, some essential oils can reduce stress, which can eliminate tension headaches, or relieve pain. They can help treat certain conditions like headaches or migraines.
Types of Headaches
Migraine headaches – a migraine is a pain that pulses on one or both sides of your head. It can often be accompanied by sensitivity to light, sound and sometimes touch and smell, or nausea and vomiting.
Stress headaches – it is typically related to stress and is the most common type of headache. Stress and muscle tension are often symptoms in these headaches. Stress headaches cause a steady ache, rather than a pulsating one, and tend to affect both sides of the head. Headaches related to stress typically don’t cause vomiting, nausea or senstitivy to light.
Sinus headaches – you may feel pressure on your forehead, cheeks and around your eyes. It is typically correlated with an infection in the sinuses and having a cold or allergies increases your risk of sinus infections. The infection causes pain and pressure in the sinuses.
Dehydration headaches – is caused by insufficient fluid intake which can cause headaches, dizziness, extreme thirst and dry mouth. This type of tension usually goes away after drinking water, sleeping and taking pain relief medication.
There are certain essential oils for headaches and migraines that can help with headache pain relief, alone or in combination with other medications.
Best Essential Oils for Headaches
Eucalyptus – If you experience sinus headaches, eucalyptus essential oils can help relieve the pain and tension. This oil can open up the nasal passages, clear the sinuses, and help relieve the sinus pain and headache.
One 1994 study found that a combination of peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and ethanol provided relaxing effects to both the muscles and the mind, which could help soothe headaches.
Peppermint – Menthol from peppermint oil can help relax muscles and ease pain. Applying diluted peppermint oil topically can help relieve the pain caused by tension headaches and migraines. Dilute the peppermint essential oil with another carrier oil, like coconut oil, and massage it into your temples.
A 2013 study found that rosemary oil used along with other medications helped with withdrawal symptoms. It also helped reduce insomnia and relax muscles, which can help with headaches.
Lavender – this essential oil is commonly used for stress relief and relaxation, and can even help treat headaches and migraines.
One 2013 study found that people reported a significant reduction in pain after only 15 minutes of inhaling the lavender oil.
Rosemary – rosemary essential oils is commonly known for stress reduction, pain relief, and improving blood circulation, which can help relieve headaches.
Chamomile essential oil relaxes the body and soothes muscles, which can make it a great aid in treating tension headaches. It can also help treat anxiety and insomnia – it’s well-known that lack of sleep and stress can lead to headaches.
How to Use Essential Oils For Headaches
If you’re wondering how to use essential oils for headaches, there are three main ways you can use them and experience their therapeutic benefits:
Inhale them from the bottle
This is the most potent way to experience the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, and you can also use them on the go. However, essential oils can also cause complications if you have preexisting conditions like asthma or heart problems. Make sure you ask your doctor before using any essential oils if you have pre-existing health conditions, to make sure they won’t aggravate any existing health problems.
Apply them topically
You may choose to apply essential oils topically on your temples or forehead, rub the mix into your skin and massage gently. Always dilute the essential oil by adding a carrier oil, since undiluted essential oils can cause skin allergies. As a rule of thumb, add five drops of essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil. Essential oils must never be applied directly to the skin or ingested.
Diffuse them with an aromatherapy diffuser
The cold air diffusion technology (nebulizing technology) is safest and cleanest way to diffuse essential oils and preserve their therapeutic properties. This allows you to get the most olfactive and therapeutic benefits from your oils and use less oil while scenting small or large areas of your home or business.
AromaTech patented nebulizing technology ensures that there is no damage to the essential oils’ properties and creates a longer lasting and consistent scent. The result, is a subtle and consistent scented environment for your home and business.
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