Best Essential Oils For Headaches

Thousands of people visit doctors to treat their headache, most of them suffer from a tension-type headache.

Though stress is a prominent cause of headache, many other ailments can trigger headaches such as hypertension, hypoglycemia, excessive alcohol intake, hormonal changes, dehydration, constipation, allergy and fatigue.

Many people struggle to get an instant relief from these pain, either due to lack of treatment of not able to find out the root cause of a headache.

Also, painkiller comes with lots of side effect and regular consumption of painkiller may cause harm to kidney & liver. In such condition, it is better to seek some natural alternatives to get rid of a stress headache.

Taking 7 hr sleep, enough hydration, reducing the screen time and exercising daily can help a lot. Reflexology can also helps to reduce headache.

​With this, try to include some essential oils that can help you to reduce the pain of a headache.

Commonly used essential oils for ​headaches are Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus & Rosemary oil.

How does essential oils works to relieve headache?​

Essential oils are much more safer than the regular painkillers

NSAID causes harm to kidney & liver if taken for long duration also does not helps to treat the root cause of headache. Instead, they just reduce the sensitivity of pain.

These essential oils work as natural remedies that help to alleviate headache by producing long lasting cooling effect on skin, increasing the blood flow to applied area and by the contracting muscles [1]

Lavender and peppermint are two prominent essential oils that have analgesic action along with some sedative properties.

It means, lavender oil can help you to get better sleep​. 

Hand Picked : Essential Oils for Headaches

Peppermint Essential Oil

​This essential oil is extracted from the herb 'Peppermint'

Peppermint leaves

Peppermint herb have some medical properties and found to have the calming & numbing effect on nerves.

This calming & numbing effect on nerves are ​useful when it comes to treat the headaches using this useful essential oil.

A clinical study of 41 patients, shows positive effects of peppermint oil on headache. The peppermint oil solution was applied after headache began and findings are document after every ​15 minutes for 1 hr.

Study clearly sh​ow's that the topical application of peppermint essential oil is useful to relieve pain. [2]

How to use peppermint oil for headaches?​

​Usually, peppermint oil is used topically to relieve pain.

Here is an useful recipe that might help you to get rid of headache using peppermint:

  1. Add 2 to 3 drops of peppermint essential oil to a container.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or water.
  3. Mix it thoroughly & apply over forehead & temples with a cotton ball.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

eucalyptus leaves

This essential oil is derived from the fresh & green leaves of ​eucalyptus tree.

'Eucalyptol​',  the main ingredient of this oil, has been widely used in cough suppressant & mouthwash liquids. 

It primarily work as cough expectorant and liquefy mucus. Thus it helps to relieve the nasal blockage & reduces sinus pressure.

By opening the blocked nasal sinuses, it helps to relieve sinus headache. It also useful for muscular pain & mental exhaustion.

How to use eucalyptus oil for headaches?

This works by clearing up the nasal passage & should be used as topical application.

This is how you can use it to relieve headache & clear sinus pressure:

  1. Use coconut oil as a carrier oil & add 2 to 4 drops of eucalyptus oil.
  2. Mix them together & apply to temples, front side of chest and back of neck.
  3. Also, you can add 2 to 3 drops of this oil to hot water & inhale the steams to clear up the nasal passage.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Flowers

Lavender oil is well known for its anti-anxiety properties & have calming effect on nerves.

It helps in the headache that are associated with anxiety disorders.

As per the study conducted in 2012, almost 92 out of 129 cases of headache was responded positively to the lavender essential oil.

Researcher asked these group of people with headache to inhale this essential oil for 15 minutes during the episode of headache and pain severity was documented after every 30 minutes. [3]

How to use lavender essential oil for headache?

As study suggest that inhaling lavender oil can bring positive effect and can help relieve migraine and other type of headache, one should inhale this oil for 10 to 15 minutes.

  1. Take a bowl of hot water.
  2. Add 4 to 5 drops lavender essential oil to this hot water bowl & inhale the steams.

Rosemary essential oil

Rodemary Leaves

Rosemary officinalis is widely used culinary herb that have analgesic as well as anti-inflammatory properties.

Carnosol, the main ingredient of rosemary have the anti-inflammatory effect and work as anti-oxidant. It also helps body to fight cancer cells.​

​The most common use of rosemary is to boost memory, improve digestion & reduce muscular soreness and body-ache.

Dr. Sachin
 

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