Have you ever had a skull-splitting headache that just wouldn't let up? Maybe you suffer from chronic tension headaches or migraines.
Between the pain, pressure, light and sound sensitivity, or nausea, it can be difficult when you can’t find relief. Sometimes you can sleep it off, but even that can be a challenge when you can’t relax enough to doze off. Inhaling essential oils can help to relieve that stress and foster calm.
For those interested in aromatherapy to soothe your discomfort, we’ve created a list of the best essential oils for headaches and migraines.
Lavender oil is sort of the mother of all oils and can help with a lot of ailments, which has been used throughout ancient history for its calming properties.
We usually use lavender to improve sleep and reduce stress, anxiety, or depression, it also can help relieve migraine headaches triggered by stress.
Best for: tension headaches, Migraines due to stress and lack of sleep. Perfect for night time use.
How to use: place a few drops of lavender oil into boiling water and inhale the vapors.
Eucalyptus oil will quickly open up the nasal passages, clear the sinuses and help relieve the sinus tension that often causes the headaches, which is why it's frequently used in spas.
Best for: Sinus headaches,congestion headaches，tension headaches and neck pain.
How to use: add a few drops to hot water and breathe in the vapor to help clean your nasal passages or add 4-5 dorps to a diffuser.
Peppermint oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils to treat headaches and migraine attacks, people have been using peppermint as medicine for thousands of years.
Peppermint oil contains menthol, which help the muscles relax and ease pain.
Best for: especially great for tension headaches, migraines and hangover headaches.
How to use: massaging this essential oil into the temples and forehead can help relieve or adding a few drops to the diffuser.
Rosemary is another essential oil that is frequently used in aromatherapy. It's powerful anti flammatory and analgesic (pain killing) properties can also reduce stress, provide relief for pain, and improve circulation, all of which can help headaches. It also helps reduce insomnia and relax tense muscles - two of the main causes of headaches. We could say that rosemary oil has stimulating effects similar to peppermint or eucalyptus oils
Best for: Stress headaches, migraine, hangover and hormonal headaches.
How to use: massage the affected area with a few drops of rosemary oil or add a few dorps to a diffuser.
If you’re experiencing headaches that are frequent or severe, you should get them checked out by a doctor before exploring alternative remedies.