Essential Oil Fixes for Headaches

by John Schindeleon December 06, 2016

Essential Oils
 

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Essential oils are your best bet to beat a nagging headache, be it a sinus headache or a tension headache. These oils help to expand and contract the vessels, which increases blood flow and quickly reduces the pain from a headache. They also possess soothing and calming effects (6).

You should get instant relief from the pain with essential oils.

1. Peppermint Oil

This essential oil is widely known for its soothing and calming effects on the skin due to the presence of menthol, making it a good choice for treating headaches. When applied directly on the forehead, it helps stimulate blood flow to the brain and inhibits muscle contractions.

Headache Type – Trust peppermint oil to treat headaches caused by tension (7). It is also highly effective for sinus headache relief.

What You Need
  • 1 to 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (olive oil or coconut oil)
What You Need To Do

Mix the two oils and massage your forehead in circular motions with the mixture. Repeat the process after a couple of hours if the pain resurfaces.

Tip: You can drop a few drops of peppermint oil on your pillow before you go to bed for a tension-free sleep.

2. Lavender Oil

This sweet and soothing essential oil is known to relieve anxiety, depression, stress, and nerve related insomnia, thus effectively curing anxiety and stress-related headaches.

Lavender essential oil has linalyl acetate and linalool, which get easily absorbed in the system and reduce painful headaches. This oil is safe to be used by both pregnant ladies and young children due to its mild nature (8).

Headache Type – This oil is considered to be the perfect solution for migraines and hormonal type of headaches.

What You Need

1 to 2 drops of lavender essential oil

What You Need To Do

You can utilize this oil in a variety of ways, including diffusion, inhalation, and topical usage. Massage this oil safely on your temples and neck, and sleep well to get relief from the throbbing pain.

Tip: For a stronger effect, you can prepare a steam treatment by adding a couple of drops of the lavender essential oil to a small pot of boiling water. Inhale the steam in deep and slow breaths for 15 minutes.

 3. Basil Oil

This oil relieves the tension in the muscles when used topically. Basil oil treats headaches by relieving the pressure on the head muscles and relaxing them (9).

Headache Type – This oil cures tension headaches and migraines.

What You Need
  • 1 to 2 drops of basil essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon of any carrier oil of your choice
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix the essential oil with the carrier oil.
  2. With the help of a cotton ball or your fingers, apply the oil on your forehead and temples. You can also apply the oil on your scalp and the back of the neck.
  3. Leave it on for a few hours for best results.

You should get instant relief from the pain with the essential oil. You can repeat it once again after a couple of hours if the pain resurfaces.

4. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Another good essential oil to treat a stubborn headache is eucalyptus essential oil. This oil has expectorant, anti-inflammatory, and pain milling qualities, thus making it an ideal headache remedy (10).

Headache Type – This oil is known to treat sinus and tension headaches.

What You Need
  • 5 to 6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • A big bowl of hot water
What You Need To Do
  1. Add the essential oil to a bowl of hot water and let it dissolve completely.
  2. Cover your head, neck, and shoulders with a towel and lean over the bowl.
  3. Inhale the steam for at least five minutes for getting relief from congestion.

You can repeat this if the pain resurfaces. This process will help open clogged sinuses, thus relieving headache.

5. Rosemary Essential Oil

Being naturally analgesic and anti-inflammatory in nature enables rosemary essential oil to be a good cure for headaches (11). It is a gentle and soothing essential oil that can alleviate pain in no time.

Headache Type – This oil is well suited for curing sinus as well as hormonal headaches.

What You Need

2 to 3 drops of rosemary essential oil

What You Need To Do
  1. Put a few drops of rosemary essential oil in your palms and cup them gently over your nose and mouth.
  2. Breathe in and out deeply for 30 seconds.

Tip: If you are too worried about coming directly in contact with the essential oil, you can dab the oil on a cotton ball or a handkerchief and hold it in for 30-45 seconds.

6. Lemon Citrus Oil

Owing to its sharp and refreshing aroma, lemon citrus oil has time and again proved to work wonders in curing terrible headaches. This watery and pale greenish-yellow essential oil is good for treating colds, sore throats, stress, depression, loss of energy, and fatigue (12).

Headache Type – You can use lemon citrus oil for treating all types of headaches, including migraines, sinus or tension-type.

What You Need
  • 8 to 10 drops of lemon citrus essential oil
  • A diffuser machine
What You Need To Do

Diffuse this oil for the entire night to get relief from congestion and headaches.

7. Geranium Oil

This sweet essential oil is utilized for calming and relaxing our tensed mind as well as body (13).

Headache Type – This oil is good for treating hormonal and tension-type headaches.

What You Need

8 to 10 drops of geranium essential oil

What You Need To Do

You can go for a bath made with geranium essential oil for quick relief from headaches, stress, and tension. Just add 8 -10 drops of this essential oil to your bath and enjoy the soothing experience.

Tip: You can even diffuse this oil overnight to tame raging headaches.

8. Helichrysum Essential Oil

Another effective headache remedy is to use helichrysum essential oil. This oil carries excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, making it effective to soothe tensed muscles and nerves (14).

Headache Type – Use helichrysum essential oil to cure tension-type headaches.

What You Need
  • A washcloth
  • 2-3 drops of helichrysum essential oil
  • A cup of cold water
What You Need To Do
  1. Begin the process by adding a few drops of the essential oil to a cup of cold water.
  2. Dip the washcloth into the cup and use it as a cold compress on your forehead and neck for good results.

Note: Avoid getting this water in your eyes as it may sting. If it goes in by mistake, it is better to use cream or milk. Washing your eyes in this situation will worsen the condition.

9. Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Roman chamomile essential oil is an excellent remedy to get rid of stress-related headaches because of its effectiveness in reducing neuralgic pain (15).

Headache Type – Works best for tension-type headaches.

What You Need
  • 1 to 2 drops of Roman chamomile oil
  • 8-10 drops of a base oil like jojoba oil or olive oil
What You Need To Do
  1. Add the essential oil to the base oil and gently massage your temples, neck, shoulders, chest, and belly with it, preferably before bathing.
  2. Keep it on for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.

Tip: You can also inhale the essential oil directly or by using a handkerchief.

10. Flaxseed Oil

This variety of essential oil is good for headaches caused by inflammation. Flaxseed oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are anti-inflammatory in nature and reduce that throbbing pain (16).

Headache Type – This oil is good for migraine headaches.

What You Need
  • 1 to 2 drops of flaxseed essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon of carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil
What You Need To Do

Massage your body and temples gently with this mix for quick relief. Wash the oil off after 20 minutes.

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