7 Essential Oils for Headaches and Migraines
- Rose: Rose oil helps to comfort and soothe the nervous system, and thus supports a healthy stress response and limiting nervous tension. In addition it has excellent therapeutic qualities which can soothe emotional upset, insomnia, depression and restore confidence.
- Lavender: The analgesic action of lavender oil, together with its relaxing effects on the nervous system, make it an effective treatment for headaches and migraines. Lavender is a fantastic stress reliever It calms the body and mind, creating harmony and tranquility.
- Melissa: Melissa lifts the spirits and instills optimism – just what we all need when we’re stuck with a nasty headache! Melissa oil calms the nerves in our brain, helping to ease the pain caused by headaches and migraines. It also effectively reduces the symptoms of colds and flues by relieving congestion and calming a cough.
- Chamomile: Chamomile encourages relaxation throughout the body. It calms the mind, muscles and nerves. Its also diuretic, so it encourages urination and the detoxification of the body. Relaxes irritability, depression, nervous tension and anger. These calming qualities make it an effective remedy for tension headaches.
- Peppermint: Peppermint is a refreshing and uplifting oil that helps reduce mental fatigue and improve concentration. It is a great tonic for the digestive system, which makes it particularly helpful for gastric based headaches. The menthol in peppermint also helps clear the respiratory tract, easing symptoms of sinus blockage and other cold symptoms.
- Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus oil refreshes and stimulates the brain, clearing mental exhaustion and fatigue. It is particularly effective for colds for its ability to heal the upper respiratory tract. It eases pain and reduces inflammation.
- Marjoram: Marjoram is known to be beneficial for brain health by strengthening and fortifying brain tissue. It helps relieve anxiety and stress with its warming action on the body and mind. It relieves tight muscles, muscle cramps and muscle strain.
How to use Essential Oils to Relieve Headaches and Migraines.
Topical Application Or Gentle Massage – Dilute 10 to 12 drops of EO(s) from the list above or us a blend (scroll down for some ideas) into 1 oz. carrier oil of your choice (coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond, etc.). Gently massage a few drops onto your forehead, temples, and the back of your neck. Avoid the area around your eyes.
Diffuse – Diffuse EO(s) according to the direction of your diffuser throughout the day or night to ease or prevent migraine attacks.
Inhalation – Rub 1 to 2 drops of lavender EO into the palms of your hands. Cup them over your nose and take 4-6 deep and slow breaths. Another thing you can do is add 2 to 4 drops on a cotton ball and secure in a zip lock bag to take with you. Or add a few drops of EO to a bowl of boiling water. Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the steam (works best if your migraine is sinus related).
Cold Compress – Add 5 drops of your favorite EO (or blend) to 1 quart cool or icy water. Soak a clean cloth in the bowl and apply on your forehead or the back of your neck. Most people find that cold compresses work best, but you can try a warm compress as well or alternate both to improve circulation.
Aroma-therapeutic Bath – Another great way to alleviate your headache or migraine attack is to take a relaxing bath. Add 5 to 10 drops of EO(s) to your bath tub. If you have a sensitive skin, dilute in 1 tablespoon carrier oil of your liking before adding it to your bath tub. This will add an extra moisturizing effect and prevent the EOs from being too powerful. Do not add the oils to running water as they will evaporate at a higher rate. Add them after you have run the bath and gently mix them in by hand. For an even better effect add 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salts. Epsom salt replenishes magnesium levels. Magnesium deficiencies often trigger migraine attacks.
These blends can be used in a diffuser or cold compresses. Add them to your bath water or apply topically to find relief. If you have a sensitive skin, dilute in an appropriate carrier oil of your choice (coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond, etc.).
Migraine Blend 1
- 4 drops wintergreen EO
- 3 drops lavender EO
- 3 drops chamomile EO
- 2 drop clove EO
Migraine Blend 2
- 4 drops eucalyptus EO
- 6 drops peppermint EO
- 2 drops myrrh EO
Migraine Blend 3
- 8 drops lavender EO
- 4 drops roman chamomile EO
Migraine Blend 4
- 4 drops helichrysum EO
- 8 drops roman chamomile EO
Migraine Blend 5
- 4 drops peppermint EO
- 8 drops lavender EO