Headaches are considered one of the most common forms of discomfort and can be experienced by anyone. Almost 2 out of 3 children experience this pain and more than 9 out of 10 adults will experience headache in their lifetime.There are so many cause of headache, from fatigue, stress, allergies, nutritional deficiencies, hormones, poor posture, constipation, alcohol or drug consumption or even low blood sugar.
Types of Headaches
Cluster Headache- Described as a piercing and excruciating pain on one side of the head and eye. This pain occurs more often in men than in women.
Migraine Headache- Characterized by having severe pain on either one or both sides of the head, a stomach upset, and, at times, blurred vision.
Sinus Headache- Pain that feels like a headache due to the build up of pressure in the sinus.
Hormonal Headache- Caused by fluctuating hormone levels during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and menopausal cycle.
Tension-Type Headache- Also called muscle contraction headache because it is associated with muscle contractions which may radiate to other parts of the body.
Top 5 Essential Oils for Headaches
PeppermintPeppermint is one of the oldest herbs used for medicinal purposes and has historical uses in ancient Chinese and Japanese medicine. As a matter of fact, peppermint is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint that is known for its cooling sensation and calming effect. Peppermint is helpful for soothing away a tension headaches and muscular aches and pains.
In a research done in 1996, patients received the oil topically 15 and 30 minutes after having headaches, experienced pain relief without side effects. Experts concluded that peppermint is a cost-effective and well-tolerated alternative to traditional headache medication.
Dilute 2 or 3 drops of peppermint essential oils with carrier oils like jojoba, almond or coconut oil and rub it into your temples, across the forehead then back of your neck. Note that this oil is pretty stimulating as it can interfere with your sleep.
Lavender is considered to the most popular oil and often called the "swiss army knife" of essential oils. Its calming effect are often used to help battle the symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress and nerve-related insomnia.
In 2012, Iran’s Mashhad University of Medical Sciences conducted a study, evaluated the effects of Lavender on participants suffering from frequent migraines. On any occasion that a migraine come on, the participants would inhale lavender essential oil and record their indication. Allergy triggered headaches are treated best by lavender essential oil.
Inhalation method and topically applying this oil to the temples or the back of the neck whenever you feel the symptoms will greatly help you in enjoying its benefits.
Eucalyptus oil is known for clearing mental exhaustion and fatigue as it refreshes and stimulates the brain. It is particularly effective for colds for it can heal the upper respiratory tract. This made eucalyptus famous for headaches due to sinus pressure as it opens up the nasal airways and cleanse the body of harmful toxins.
Last 2013, a randomized clinical trial showed that inhaling eucalyptus essential oil could lower blood pressure and reduce pain as well. That two combination is favorable to those who are suffering from tension headaches.
While a study conducted in Israel, participated by patients suffering from respiratory conditions reported that by inhaling eucalyptus essential oil, their runny nose were reduced and helped them to feel better.
Diffusing and breathing the aroma of eucalyptus essential oil can alleviate the sinus tension that causes the migraine or the headache. It is best to dilute a few drops of the oil with your favorite carrier oil and applying it to your temples, back of your neck and on your chest.
Due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, Rosemary essential oil has been traditionally used to treat headaches and circulatory problems. It has this calming effect that lowers stress and reduces emotional triggers that may lead to headache. Rosemary also aid the digestion process and sooth an upset stomach that may lead to severe headache.
A published research in 2013 during the Addiction Treatment Programs evaluated the effects of rosemary on withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, nausea and headaches. The clinical trial found that rosemary essential oil was able to reduce pain and tension and muscle jerks.
Rosemary essential oil diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil can be applied to the back of your neck, temples and forehead.
Drinking Chamomile Tea has been famous for promoting a sense of relaxation and calmness to many and Chamomile essential oils works that way too. Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties helped to relieve the feelings of stress and anxiety making Roman Chamomile effective when used for a stress-related headache. It relaxes depression, irritability and nervous tension and anger.
Gently massage the diluted Chamomile essential oil to a carrier oil to the back of your neck and temples. You may also slowly inhale this essential oil by putting few drops onto a cotton ball or tissue and taking 5 deep breaths.
Essential Oil Blend
Often times it is beneficial to blend essential oils to your liking to achieve the desired effects and scent that you desire. You can blend your own essential oils together or check out our specially formulated roll on blend for Headache Relief!
Lifestyle Changes for Treating Headaches
Drink Enough Water - Dehydration is one of the common cause of headaches and migraine.
Get Enough Sleep - Having a regular sleep schedule enough sleep wards off anxiety and depression that leads to tension headache.
De-stress daily - Doing meditation, yoga, massage, acupuncture and tai chi can reduce migraine triggers and tension. Praying can also be a great option.
Exercise often - Integrating aerobic, flexibility and strengthening exercise can reduce headache and symptoms of migraine.
Eating Healthy - By eating the right food and avoiding allergenic foods you are avoid toxicity of the body and inflammation in the brain that causes headache.
Seeking Medical Attention
If you are experiencing headaches and migraines with underlying medical issues, get medical attention as soon as possible.
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