The most common remedy for headache that most people think of is a painkiller. These and other "conventional" remedies are readily available in the non-prescription aisles of your drug store. In most cases they work, but they can also come with some very undesirable side effects.
Thankfully, there are a number of essential oil remedies that are as effective, or even more effective than these chemical alternatives and generally speaking, they are much safer to use.
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Although there are many essential oils that are known to help with migraines and headaches, there are also countless root causes which need to be addressed appropriately.
Headaches can be caused by:
If you are able to identify the root cause you will have come a long way to choosing the essential oil appropriate for your situation.
For example, if your headache is stress induced you would look for an oil like Lavender which is known for its ability to calm and relax your mind.
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Cajeput Essential Oil has analgesic properties which makes it an effective remedy for headache.
Cajeput can be used both internally and externally and is a safer alternative to pharmaceutical products which can create problems for your liver.
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Citronella Essential Oil reduces stress and promotes relaxation.
Diffuse 20 drops to ease headaches and migraine pain.
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Frankincense Essential Oil contains powerful anti-inflammatories called monoterpene hydrocarbons which are able to reduce swelling in blood vessels thereby reducing pain.
The Egyptians used it on their necks, temples and foreheads as a natural remedy for headache.
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Because of its linalyl acetate and linalool content, Lavender Essential Oil can help relieve tension and stress.
Massage 2-3 drops on your temples, over your sinuses and on your forehead.
Put a few drops of Lavender in boiling water and inhale the vapors.
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Peppermint Essential Oil is my favorite remedy for headache. I used to take aspirin and try to go to sleep for an hour or so but now I just apply a drop of Peppermint across my forehead and at the back of my neck.
Use it wherever you feel your headache comes from.
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Roman Chamomile Essential Oil is both analgesic and anti-inflammatory and has the ability to relax you and calm your nerves so it is very effective as a remedy for stress headaches.
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Rosemary Essential Oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which makes it a great choice as a remedy for headache.
Like Roman Chamomile, it also lowers stress levels.
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To treat or prevent a migraine add 10 drops to a half cup of cold water and soak a wash cloth. Wring it out and apply it to your forehead or the back of your neck.
If you want to use it as a compress you can place a dry towel over it and keep it cold with an ice pack.
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