Essential Oils for Headaches

Essential Oil Headache Blend

Nobody likes a headache and even the minor ones have the potential to ruin your day with a dose of crankiness, irritability and depression. If you’re anything like me, you hate popping pills at the onset of a headache. You’d rather ride it out —or— find something natural to ease the pain. That’s one of the reasons I turned to essential oils.

Headaches can be caused by many different things including illness, infection, cold, fever, inflammation, trauma, emotional stress, tension, depression, environmental factors, fatigue, dehydration, etc… More on headache causes here.

In most cases —unless you go to a doctor each and every time you get a headache— you’ll never know the exact cause of your headache. I’m no doctor and I’m certainly not here to diagnose your specific problem. However, I do want to share with you some awesome essential oils that have helped me get through some serious headaches.

Top Essential Oils for Headache Relief:

These are our favorite go-to oils when headaches come around. Please comment below if you have others that you love for headache relief.

Peppermint: A hybrid of Spearmint and Water Mint, peppermint is a great natural tool for easing headaches. Peppermint is a powerful anti-inflammatory and research demonstrates that the menthol found in peppermint can be effective in alleviating tension headaches. Peppermint has also been known to relieve stress, open the sinuses, clear airways and improve circulation.

Lavender: Another powerful essential oil, lavender also boasts anti-inflammatory properties. Recent studies show lavender to be a safe and effective treatment for migraine headaches. Research has also confirmed the calming, soothing and sedative effects of lavender.

Frankincense: Frankincense might be one of the most effective anti-inflammatory essential oils. It’s ability to reduce stress, promote calm, and relieve anxiety can be extremely effective at taming that nasty headache.

Eucalyptus: Effective with helping treat sinus headaches. Like peppermint, Eucalyptus can help clear sinuses, reduce inflammation and alleviate nerve and muscle pain.

Helichrysum: No surprise here… Helichrysum also has powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Helichrysum has been used throughout history for its effectiveness in pain and headache relief.

Rosemary: This oil improves circulation, reduces stress and anxiety. Studies have shown Rosemary to be effective in blocking pain and reducing inflammation.

You can go with just one oil to address the specific type of headache you’ve got or blend 3, 4, or more to make a potent headache blend.

Check out the blend below…

Essential Oil Blend For Headaches

This is a blend we mix up in a 10mL roll-on bottle. You can adjust the amounts to your preference. When finished, it ends up being about 1/3 essential oils and 2/3 carrier oil.

  • 20 Drops Peppermint
  • 15 Drops Eucalyptus
  • 15 Drops Lavender
  • 15 Drops Frankincense
  • Top off with Fractionated Coconut Oil or carrier oil of choice.

Optional Oils

  • 15 Drops Rosemary
  • 5 Drops Helichrysum

Apply to pain areas (avoid contact with eyes), base of neck, temples, behind ears, forehead, and even your big toe.

Warning: Use oils with caution. Use only pure, therapeutic grade essential oils for maximum effect and safety. Do your research and question everything… even me!

I Blame a Headache for my Essential Oil Addiction 😉

My first experience with essential oils was due to a headache. A friend of mine was telling me about some oils they had just purchased. They were excited and explained some of the health benefits they had observed in the short time they had been using the oils. They noticed my discomfort from the headache and offered some peppermint essential oil for relief. Although skeptical, I accepted their offer. My friend applied a few drops of peppermint to the back of my neck, my temples, and my forehead. Within a minute or two, I felt substantial relief. Since that day I’ve been an essential oil junkie.

Sources and Referenced Studies:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8805113
http://www.isdbweb.org/app/webroot/documents/file/910_6.pdf
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7954745
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22517298
http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/lavender
http://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/335249
http://draxe.com/helichrysum-essential-oil/

Have you had success using essential oils for headache relief? Do you have a blend that you love? Tell us in the comments below…

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