10 Essential Oils For Migraines

10 Essential Oils For Migraines

 

Are you looking for some beneficial essential oils to help you with common health or medical issues? Peppermint oil is definitely one you want to keep in the cabinet. This is a great oil for using with headaches. Many people find it helps soothe a headache and, in some cases, it can even help prevent keep a headache.

If you’re sick of headaches getting you down and ruining your day, there are some things you can do about it. If you want to take a more natural approach to curing your headaches instead of taking expensive medicines, you should look into some ways to reduce, prevent and treat your headaches.

 

The first step is to narrow down the cause. While everyone gets the occasional headache now and then, if you’re getting them all the time, there may be a reason for it. You’ll also want to rule out any underlying cause that could indicate a serious issue that needs medical treatment.

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Here are some common causes of headaches:

  • Stress
  • Medications
  • Allergies
  • Dehydration
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Pregnancy
  • Physical activity

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While stress can be reduced and medications can be adjusted, sometimes we have to take the headaches as a side effect and know that there is only so much we can do about it. If you can’t completely reduce or prevent the headache, you’ll want to treat it instead. This is where essential oils come into play.

If any of these things are triggering your headaches, then you can plan around it and reduce your headaches as much as possible. If you know you get headaches with your menstrual cycle, then you might plan to pre-treat with essential oils during that time of the month. You can also prevent some types of headaches, like keeping yourself hydrated and managing your allergies and stress.

When you’ve done all you can do and headaches still creep up on you, then essential oils are a natural alternative to over-the-counter medications. You can use the oils topically (some may require a carrier oil as they are very strong), or you can diffuse them into the air to provide much-needed relief.

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Peppermint oil comes from the flowering parts of the peppermint plant and is considered a very strong oil, therefore, it is not recommended that you use it with kids. If you’ve never used it before, you should also do a tester first and be sure you don’t have any allergies or sensitivities. Some adults with sensitive skin find that peppermint oil is too strong for them. Using it diluted is another option to help with this.

If you have headaches or migraines, you’ve likely tried many things to help ease the discomfort. It can make it difficult to concentrate and to do other things, especially if your headache gets really bad, or if they are recurring. If peppermint oil gives you some relief, it’s definitely something great to keep around and can be better than taking over-the-counter pills all the time, which can have damaging side effects.

So, why does peppermint oil for headaches work in the first place? Peppermint plants contain menthol, which you may know already from the smell and flavor of peppermint. The menthol compound has anesthetic properties and creates a cooling sensation.

That’s why minty toothpaste or breath mints leave a tingling feeling in your mouth. It’s why some people can suck on a peppermint candy when they are first getting a headache and it staves it off.

 

Peppermint has some other benefits, too. It acts as a decongestant and it can help clear mucous and improve breathing. It can also reduce your sensitive to noise and light, which often happens when you have a bad headache or a migraine. Many people find that it also helps settle their stomachs from nausea which can happen with headaches.

It’s very easy to use this oil for your headaches. Just rub a drop on your temples, over your sinuses or on your forehead. Be sure not to get any oil in your eyes. You could also rub it on the back of your neck to help relieve pressure.

If you want to get the most benefit from using peppermint oil for headaches, do it as soon as you feel a headache may be coming on, or when you’re in a situation that may trigger a headache. It will help you cure your headache, or at least reduce your symptoms so you can feel better faster.

A migraine can ruin an otherwise perfect day. This is far more than “just a headache” and a migraine can make you feel miserable. You can have pain, dizziness, sensitivity to light, nausea and vomiting and more. If you can find some relief from essential oils, wouldn’t you be willing to try it?

Sometimes it helps to know the type of headache you have to help know the best essential oil to use. Peppermint and eucalyptus are good options when your headache is from allergies or a chest cold, for example. You may also need to experiment to see which oils work best for you and your needs.

Different people can have different reactions to essential oils and while you can read what works for others, and you can talk to people who use oils regularly, it’s no replacement for just trying them yourself and seeing what works with your body. Here are some other essential oils that can be used to ease a headache or migraines. 

  • Peppermint oil is often used topically or in aromatherapy blends to relieve tension.
  • Lavender oil has been used to aid with anxiety and tension.
  • Eucalyptus oil is said to help clear nasal passages and reduce sinus pressure.
  • Rosemary oil may contain anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
  • Chamomile oil is often used to increase relaxation and calmness.
  • Marjoram has been used to help relieve tension and strengthen brain tissue.
  • Clary sage is said to help ease tension related to hormonal activity.
  • Jasmine oil may help with overcoming fatigue and depression.
  • Lemongrass oil is known as a mood booster and may help enhance energy.
  • Sandalwood oil may help relax the nerves and improve the mood.

 

As you can see, there are a lot of essential oils that can help you feel better. If you suffer from regularly migraines, this may be just what you need to mend and start feeling better. Keep in mind that there are different reasons why people have migraines and each person responds differently to essential oils. You may need to experiment with some different oils before you find the ones that work best to help you with your migraines.

It’s also best if you can start the essential oils before the migraine begins, or at least before it gets in full force. If you have warning symptoms before your migraine, often called prodrome symptoms, then this is a good time to begin your essential oil therapy.

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So, how can you use these oils to treat your migraines?

  • Topical – Many mix a few drops of chosen oil with a carrier and apply to the affected area.
  • Soak – Some place several drops of oil in a bath for aromatherapy and pain reduction.
  • Diffuser – Some prefer to use an aromatherapy diffuser and follow those instructions.

You can choose any of the above methods or mix it up and try different ones. Some people find that topic works the best, especially when on the go. Other people may prefer diffusing it in the room when they first feel a migraine coming on. Again, experiment a bit and find what works best for you.

 

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