Essential oils for migraines can be such life-savers because, unfortunately, migraines happen at the worst times, usually when we are most over-worked and stressed out!
They can leave you sidelined for hours, or even days. While many new migraine medications are available, turning to essential oils offers a natural, safe way to treat migraines.
Using essential oils may help you alleviate migraine pain and reduce your downtime. Both relaxing and pain relieving essential oils may prove helpful when you’re dealing with a migraine.
Next time a severe headache or migraine hits, try one of these excellent essential oils.
Lavender smells amazing and has so many healing properties, that it’s no surprise that it’s also a great home remedy for migraines. You can apply lavender essential oil topically where the pain is, or you can inhale the wonderful scent it gives off, or fill a warm bath with lavender oil.
Since lavender essential oil offers sedative, anti-inflammatory, and calming properties, it can also prove especially helpful if you are trying to rest while dealing with a migraine. Rub some lavender essential oil on the pressure points under your toes on the bottom of your feet.
Lavender essential oil balances the body wherever there is a need.
While you probably think of pasta or pizza when you think of basil, this tasty, fragrant herb can also be a great headache treatment. Basil essential oil is an anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, energizing oil.
Basil essential oil is a natural migraine treatment that helps to relax the muscles. Many migraine sufferers deal with tight, painful muscles in their neck, shoulders and back as well, and basil essential oil can aid in their relaxation. This makes it a great treatment for tension headaches as well.
The French use basil essential oil for migraines that are due to liver or gall bladder problems. Apply to temples or area of concern. Dilute one drop of oil in one tsp of honey, or 4 oz of beverage.
Please Note - not for children under 6, or persons with epilepsy.
Another essential oil to try if you deal with migraines is peppermint. Peppermint essential oil has helped relieve headache symptoms for centuries.
Peppermint is anti-inflammatory as well as anti-spasmodic, both essential in relieving migraine symptoms. This soothing oil is not only beneficial for migraine headaches, it can help treat tension headaches effectively as well.
Peppermint oil has vaso-dilating and vaso-constricting properties, which means it is able to help control the flow of blood within your body. Since migraines often occur due to blood flow issues, peppermint oil may prove helpful.
Using peppermint essential oil also opens your sinuses, allowing more oxygen to get into your blood stream. Apply a drop or two of peppermint to areas of concern, and you will feel a cooling, invigorating rush of healing.
I LOVE rubbing a small amount of peppermint essential oil, with a drop or 2 of carrier oil, around my forehead, temples, neck, when I have a headache... it is a GREAT, Awakening feeling!
Don't get it near your eyes!
A few other great essential oils for migraines and related pain relief include:
One of the best ways to use essential oils for migraines or other headaches is to apply it topically by massaging the oil into the temples, forehead, or the back of the neck. However, most essential oils need to be added to a carrier oil for massage, since they may be too strong to place directly on the skin.
Great carrier oils when using essential oils for migraines include sweet almond oil and jojoba oil, or even olive oil if that is what you have around. Add a few drops of essential oils to a small amount of your chosen carrier oil and mix well. However, if you are using a strong oil, such as peppermint, spearmint, or eucalyptus, you should only use about 1 or possibly 2 drops of the essential oil.
Combine oils in the palm of your hand, mixing them well. Use a few drops to massage onto the temples, back of neck, and/or forehead.
Breathe deeply, and allow the oils to fill your senses and invoke their healing qualities.
Essential oils are AWESOME, once you start experimenting with them!
*Internal Consumption of essential oils is not FDA approved and not recommended.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. The user accepts all risk, liability and responsibility. Use caution if pregnant or around young children or pets.
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You may be surprised that essential oils for pain relief can work as well or better than over-the-counter or prescription drugs.
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