Essential Oils for Migraines & Other Headaches
There can be nothing quite as debilitating to your day like a bad headache. And if you suffer from migraines it can absolutely shut down your day or your week! It’s no wonder that many want to know if essential oils for mental wellness include support for headaches and migraines. The answer is yes, you can use essential oils for migraines and other headaches! But, once again, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution so let’s explore some of your options to see what might be most helpful to you.
Headaches and the underlying causes can vary so the essential oils and application methods should vary as well. Although, my first tip is always to drink water. Sometimes we get headaches simply because we’re dehydrated.
Here are a few different kinds of headaches along with the essential oils and application methods that many find extremely helpful to take the edge off or lift the headache entirely!
Essential Oils for Stress or Tension Headaches
These are probably some of the most common types of headaches, especially if you spend most of your day in front of a computer! Here are a few application techniques that can help stress and tension melt away:
- Address neck tension. Often headaches are caused by neck tension, which is hardly surprising when you consider the weight of our heads which have to be supported by the neck! Headaches resulting from overstrained neck muscles can be alleviated quickly and safely with a little lavender essential oil.
- Address eye strain. Another common cause of headaches is eyestrain. Use the same Lavender recipe above and gently rub it over your temples and forehead.
- Find a relaxing scent as your go-to stress-busting roll-on. If you find yourself tensing up, keep a roll-on in your purse, backpack, or pocket. Since it’s already diluted, you can apply the roll-on of your choice to your temples or the back of your neck.
Essential Oils for Migraine Headaches
According to the Migraine Relief Center, “The financial costs of migraines in the United States is $78 billion annually.” While essential oils are not a miracle cure, I’ve found that many migraine sufferers can nip an oncoming migraine in the bud with essential oils. They also can provide some relief and comfort when you’re in pain.
Here are a few essential oil application recommendations for migraines:
- Try this Migraine Relief Blend. In addition to e3’s Migraine blend, this DIY blend is balancing, calming, and a neurotonic. The earlier you can use it, the better results you’ll get!
- Lavender Compress. When experiencing a migraine you often need a simple, easy-to-use solution. Pre-mixed Lavender Hydrosol (aka flower water) can be used to spritz a small towel to make a cool or warm compress to lay on your forehead.
- Address nausea. Unfortunately, migraines are often accompanied by nausea. A simple technique is to place a drop or two of Peppermint on a tissue and inhale frequently.
Essential Oils for Hormonal Headaches
You’re going to love this relaxing technique to soothe tension and balance hormones that are triggering your headache. Make a simple compress of Lavender and Geranium and you’ll appreciate the harmonizing effect.
Mix the essential oils with water in a basin. Dip a small face towel into the water wring out and apply to your forehead and neck.
This recipe is a 5% dilution, you can increase or decrease the dilution depending on your health and age. (A milder dilution of 3% would be 4 drops each and a stronger dilution of 10% would be 12 drops each.)
Find additional tips and essential oils suggestions for headaches and other hormonal issues in my post, Essential Oils for PMS, Menstrual Cramps & More.
Essential Oils for Allergy or Sinus Headaches
Essential oils are really helpful with allergy or sinus headaches because they can serve as a decongestant as well as helping you relax. Here are two ways to use essential oils to relieve these kinds of headaches:
- Inhalation is an easy way to bring instant relief. Simply add a drop or two of the essential oil or blend of your choice to a cotton ball or tissue. Hold under your nose and inhale as needed. Or you keep an aromatherapy inhaler in your pocket.
- Try this DIY Peppermint Rub:
Mix the ingredients and massage into your forehead, behind your ears, and/or at the hairline of the back of the neck. A 50/50 ratio works for immediate, acute relief, however, make sure to read safety guidelines and avoid peppermint during pregnancy and nursing, and don’t use with children under 3 years of age.
Essential Oils for Insomnia Headaches
Blend into 1 teaspoon of carrier oil of your choice. Rub across shoulders your shoulders left to right and from behind to front (up and over to loosen tension).
Find additional application tips and essential oils suggestions for insomnia in my post, Essential Oils for Insomnia Soothe Sleepless Nights.
We covered a lot of suggestions in this post on how to treat headaches with essential oils! Don’t get overwhelmed, sometimes it takes time to see which essential oils and application methods will be most helpful to you. And don’t get stuck thinking you have to use one recommendation over another, sometimes you need to experiment.