Migraine Remedy

Essential oils can be used very effective as a migraine remedy because they safely stimulate circulation and improve oxygen transfer in your blood and your brain.

This page will provide a brief description of various oils, how they can be used and will provide links to pages where you can obtain more detailed information about each oil discussed.

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A list of recommended oils can be found at the bottom of this page

My Favorite Migraine Remedy 

For Topical Application

This topic is very dear to me because for many years I was one of those that suffered from migraines and my only migraine remedy consisted of 2 aspirins and sleep.

As a result of this, my first experience with essential oils involved an oil which has become my favorite and I believe it to be a definite "must have" in your "emergency kit".

I am speaking about Peppermint Essential Oil. This versatile oil has many qualities but the relief of various forms of pain seems to be one of the most popular.

Peppermint is often used in a blend but my first recommendation for you is to apply 2 to 3 drops directly to the nape of your neck and temples. You can then run a trace over your forehead. Also try putting a drop of peppermint on your thumb and pressing it to the roof of your mouth every 30 minutes or as needed.

I have found this application to be the most convenient and it will diminish your migraine to at least a tolerable level if not eliminate it altogether.

I am confident that you will find the relief to be almost instantaneous just as I have.

For Inhalation

Blend equal amounts of Lavender, Eucalyptus and Peppermint and apply it to your palms. Cup your hands over your nose and inhale deeply. If you are going to be away from home you can put some of this blend on a tissue paper and store it in a zip-lock bag for convenience. Simply open the bag periodically to inhale the oils. 

Essential Oils in Blends

Another topical migraine remedy application involves a blend of  

applied to your forehead, ear lobes and temples.

Digestion Issues

For a migraine remedy to address digestion issues try a blend which includes:

Check out my page on blending essential oils for information on how these oils can be combined or look for them in a digestive support blend of some sort from existing companies that market blends. (Remember to look for Clinical Grade oils)

If you don't want to go through the trouble of creating your own blend you could replace it with a drop of Peppermint or Sweet Basil.

Whichever you choose:

  • consume a drop in a cup of herbal tea / warm water or
  • massage it on your abdomen, the arches of your feet or the tops of your ears.

Another migraine remedy blend that you can take orally by filling a gelatin cap would consist of:

taken 3 times a day with meals.

For chronic migraines and for more in-depth information visit my page on Digestion Problems.

Stimulate Circulation and Oxygen

If you feel that your migraine stems from a lack of oxygen or blood flow then try this blend.

Combine the following oils to form a blend which can be placed in a gelatin cap and consumed 3 times a day with meals.

Stress Related

If your migraine is related to stress in your life it is understandable that your migraine remedy should involve oils that have some form of relaxation qualities.

Lavender & Migraines

Inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches.
Sasannejad P1, Saeedi M, Shoeibi A, Gorji A, Abbasi M, Foroughipour M.

Check out my page on blending essential oils for information on how these oils can be combined or look for them in a calming blend of some sort from existing companies that market blends.

(Remember to look for Clinical Grade oils)

Your blend or alternatively, Lavender Essential Oil by itself, should be massaged into your toes or ear lobes.

Check this site for pressure points on your feet.

Essential Oils Used in Tandem

Besides used as a blend, essential oils can also be used in tandem, in the following order, for more lasting relief.

  1. Start be applying a couple drops of True Lavender directly to your temples then, using a downward stroking motion, apply it to the back of your neck.
  2. Finish with a couple drops of Lemon or Frankincense on your temples.

Using a Damp Compress 

Combine 3 drops of Peppermint and 3 drops of Lavender with 1/2 cup of cool water. Shake the solution to ensure a good mixture then use it to dampen a clean cloth.

Apply it to the back of your neck and your forehead. Keep the cloth cool by frequent soaking in the oil/water solution. 


Often a migraine will respond to the aromatic application of essential oils. Rub a couple drops of Peppermint or Spearmint on your palms and inhale deeply.

I often use a tissue or cotton ball for this purpose instead of my hands.

What to Encourage?

Drink Lots of Water

You may be surprised to learn that the majority of headaches occur from dehydration so unless you know the specific cause of your headache, the migraine remedy I suggest first would be to drink more water.

Eight - 8 oz glasses of water per day is the rule we hear most often but you will know that you are consuming enough if your urine is so light you can barely tell you went to the bathroom.

I also suggest you add a drop of your favorite oil to your water; peppermint or lemon are good choices. 

Regular Aerobic Exercise & Rest

Regular exercise (at least 3 times a week) together with deep breathing will keep your brain well oxygenated.

Regular walks will help tremendously if aerobic exercise is not an option. 

Quality sleep patterns are obviously very important for good health.

If insomnia is a problem for you, rub a couple drops of Lavender on the soles of your feet at bed time and diffuse Lavender into your bedroom air.

What to Avoid

If you suffer from frequent migraines with no obvious cause there may be something in your diet that is interfering with your system. 

Consult with a health care professional to identify any foods that you should be avoiding.

You could start by eliminating alcohol, caffeine sodas, coffee/tea, and tobacco.

Recommended Oils for Migraine Remedy

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Where Can I Get These Oils?

I don't sell oils but here are my
recommended sources.

The companies I use and recommend guarantee the quality of their oils and I believe you will be satisfied with all your purchases, I am.

If you have any questions/concerns feel free to contact me.

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