Headaches are the bane of my existence. I get them at least a few times a month. Anything I can do to bring me headache relief and make it go away faster is always welcomed. Enter essential oils for headaches!
About Headaches and Migraines
Headaches are one of the most common problems people have on a day to day basis. What’s weird is that it’s not fully understood why we even get headaches. Headaches affect everybody, young, old, males or females.
On top of that, there are just so many triggers for headaches too. I get headaches for no reason at all it seems. I’ve done as much as I can to eat the right diet, exercise, get plenty of sun, and just do all the “healthy” stuff that healthy people should do – but I still get them.
Headaches can affect any part of your head. The type of pain can vary as well, from a throbbing thump to a slower pulsating punch, or a sharp throbbing pain. Headaches can last just a few hours to several days.
What Causes Headaches?
There are a tremendous amount of things that cause different types of headaches. Primary headaches include tension headaches, migraine headaches, and cluster headaches. There are also secondary headaches but the majority of headaches people suffer from are classified as primary.
WebMD notes that headaches are caused by a mix of signals between your brain, blood vessels, and nearby nerves. The nerves of your blood vessels and head muscles turn on and send pain signals to your brain. We don’t know why this happens in the first place.
However, you can get headaches from lifestyle factors like getting sick, stress, not getting your coffee, hormonal changes, and environmental factors like weather change or smelling a nauseating perfume. There are so many triggers of headaches the list is mind boggling.
There are drugs like Advil and Tylenol that can help ease the pain of headaches. But we’re here to talk about natures medicine (essential oils!) and how they help give you headache relief.
How Do Essential Oils Give You Headache Relief?
A lot of headache remedies focus on relaxing your mind and body, which is one major property that essential oils can help you with. Essential oils for headaches are also safer to use than drugs which can have harmful side effects. The right oils can help sooth you and ease pain by relieving pain and tension.
Stress and other environmental factors that overstimulate your mind and body resulting in headaches can be heavily relieved and perhaps completely eliminated by a high quality essential oil. Anxiety and sleep deprivation triggered headaches can also be remedied with calming and tension relieving essential oils.
Inhaling essential oils through a diffuser or having a relaxing essential oil bath are two excellent ways to get rid of headaches. So what are the best essential oils for headaches?
5 Best Essential Oils For Headaches & Migraines
Lavender is one of the most common and most popular essential oil because of how powerful it is for relaxing and calming you. Though lavender is great at healing all types of tension and pain, it’s particularly good at healing swelling and inflammation, and being a general pain reliever.
If you think you are having a headache because of trauma to your body – which can be anything from muscle pain to an inflamed joint – lavender could be a great essential oil to remedy your headache.
Lavender seems to be the go-to essential oil for relaxation for a lot of people. It’s a top 10 essential and you should have a bottle if you don’t!
Rosemarie oil has a good amount of camphor and alpha-pinene chemical constituent that helps relieve pain and inflammation that could be the source of your headache. Rosemarie oil is also popular for it’s stimulating effect on your circulation system which improves focus, so it can be an especially good oil for you if you need to concentrate or get work done (which I’m sorry you have to do while you have a headache!)
If you’re suffering from headaches from muscle tension or joint pain, rosemarie oil should be especially good for you. And on a side note, rosemarie is also known for its ability to stimulate hair growth – if that’s something you could benefit from too – then rosemarie it is!
Peppermint essential oil has a cooling and refreshing scent when applied on skin or inhaled with a diffuser. Peppermint has strong analgesic properties that can give you tremendous relief from a headache or migraine.
Peppermint oil’s major chemical constituent is menthol – which you’re probably familiar with. Menthols cooling effect is very popular at treating pain like tension headaches and migraines. Peppermint oil applied directly on your temples, behind the ears, and on your forehead are great ways to get pain relief.
Of all the oils for headaches, peppermint oil may be the best one. I think if you’re not sure which oil to use for your headache, peppermint would be a good one to start with – plus you can use peppermint oil for a ton of other things too, from removing acne to creating your own skin toners. A top 10 oil for sure.
Roman chamomile is very popular for its calming effect on your mind and body. It’s a popular oil used in relaxing massage oils as well, which is a great way to get head ache relief. Roman chamomile is almost like a natural sedative the way it calms and relaxes.
Besides chamomiles natural calming and relaxing properties, it also has anti-inflammatory properties that also help relieve pain, such as various types of head tension and pain.
Chamomile is also a great oil for helping you get to sleep so if you’re headaches are keeping you up all night, try this oil.
Eucalyptus is a warming oil that has strong properties which relieves pain. This oil is incredibly refreshing on the mind – perfect for someone suffering from migraines and headaches.
If you’re suffering from a cough, cold, throat pain, or sinus issues that’s giving you head pain, eucalyptus could be especially good for you because of eucalyptuses ability to get rid of sinus pain.
Over To You…
Have you used any of these essential oils to cure your headaches? What was your experience? Let me know in the comment section below!