Top Essential Oils To Help Headaches
Written by: Brandi Monasco
A headache mostly occurs every once in awhile and it can occur instantly without any warning. Also, when you are exposed to stressful activities, you are likely to have a headache.
Below are the best essential oils for headache relief. These oils can enhance your mood and reduce headache pain and lessen the need for taking pain medication at all.
1. Peppermint Oil
It’s one of the best oils for relieving headaches; it has a cooling effect on the skin and is able to initiate muscle contractions. It also plays a key role in stimulating blood flow in the forehead. Research shows that those who used the peppermint oil for a headache reported pain relief within 15 to 30 minutes after applying the oil on their forehead.
Peppermint oil while mixed with ethanol leads to reduction oversensitivity during a headache. Additionally, when used with coconut oil, it works effectively and quickly in reducing pain and enhancing blood flow.
2. Spearmint Oil
This oil is more aromatic compared to peppermint oil; however, it is the most loved oil for a headache remedy. It has more menthol than peppermint oil and therefore, becomes the best in reducing headache. It has a calming effect and muscle relaxation effects. It is also good at opening up airways for good oxygen flow throughout the body.
3. Lavender Oil
The oil contains both curative and therapeutic properties in reducing headaches. It enhances relaxation and reduction of tension when applied to the forehead. Lavender oil works as a calming, anti-anxiety remedy and as an anticonvulsant agent. It is therefore used in helping the major symptoms of a headache, feelings of restlessness and disturbed sleep. The oil can be applied to the back of the neck and on the forehead.
4. Rosemary Oil
The oil has an anti–inflammatory and pain reliever properties that makes it have calming effects and able to reduce headaches. It is also best in enabling good blood circulation in the head. The oil also reduces stress and emotional instabilities that can trigger headaches. One of the exceptional benefits of rosemary oil is that it can help in digestion and soothe an upset stomach. Stomach problems are major causes of a severe headaches.
5. Eucalyptus Oil
The oil is used to eliminate sinus pressure that leads to severe headaches. It also opens up the nasal airways to enhance good circulation of oxygen to the body by inhaling it. Also, the oil has anti-inflammatory effects when used to help respiratory conditions. A few drops of the oil are good for the soothing of headaches; you just dilute and apply them at the back of your neck and on your forehead.
6. Helichrysum Oil
The oil is known for its therapeutic benefits. It is from the sunflower family. You can inhale the oil using a diffuser or you can also massage a few drops on your forehead and temples for headache relief. 8 to 10 drops of oil while placed in bathing water can reduce headache pain and bring about a calming effect.
The above oils are the most common for headaches, however, there are numerous copies of oils that are not recommended for therapeutic use. For the best results, it is advisable to get the best quality and organic certified essential oils if possible.
Do you have a favorite go-to remedy for headaches? Have you tried any of these oil before? Please share with us in the comments below!
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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