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.
note: If you are suffering from a migraine you should look at my page Migraine Remedy. (in addition to this page)
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.
Diffuse 20 drops of Citronella Essential Oil to ease headaches/migraine pain.
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The Principal constituents of Frankincense Essential Oil are monoterpene hydrocarbons which act as a powerful anti-inflammatory. Monoterpene has been known to reduce the swelling of blood vessels and to reduce pain.
The Egyptians used Frankincense Oil as a natural remedy for headache by applying it directly on the temples, forehead and back of the neck.
Some people report that placing a drop on the thumb and pressing it against the roof of their mouth stops a migraine instantly. (Make sure the oil you use is clinical grade if you plan to take it internally)
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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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For a headache or migraine pain, Peppermint Oil works very quickly and I have found it to be an absolute requirement for my medicine cabinet and travel case.
Rub a drop directly on your temples, forehead, in front of your ears and the back of your neck to obtain temporary relief. Use as necessary.
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Chamomile is well known for its ability to calm and relax your nerves so you shouldn't be surprised to hear that Chamomile Essential Oil works wonders in treating a stress related headache.
Chamomile oil also contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which are known to relieve neuralgic pain.
Diffuse twice a day or apply a couple drops on a tissue/cotton ball and inhale directly.
You can also add a few drops to some Epsom salts and take a nice relaxing bath. Adding the Epsom salts is especially effective for severe migraine as it will increase your magnesium levels.
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Rosemary essential oil has a long history as a remedy for headache because of its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
It also has the ability to lower stress and calm your nerves which means you can often use it to avoid tension headaches before they start.
Mix rosemary with a carrier oil and apply it to your temples, forehead as well as the back of your neck.
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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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