The deep pounding feeling of a headache is excruciating.
Sometimes it just seems to go BONG, BONG, BONG and it never seems to stop. No matter what over the counter pain reliever you seem to take. But there is an all-natural remedy that traditional medicine experts have been using for centuries; that of Essential oils.
But what essential oils should you use? Well, it depends on the type of headache you have and the type of PH balance your body has. We’ve listed a few types of oils that work well with certain types of headaches.
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The best oils for general headaches are as follows:
Peppermint oil is made from the peppermint plant and it is a mix between water mint and spearmint, grown in parts of Europe and North America. Peppermint essential oil is used to treat many ailments, and one of these being that of headaches and muscle pains. It is also known to reduce inflammation and nerve pain. So by applying 5 to 6 drops to a hot compress, or to an essential oils inhaler you can use this to reduce and lessen the pain.
This popular essential oil is used for its many health benefits, among which is the power to boost mental activity, reduce pain and relieve respiratory problems. This excellent nerve tonic is often used by those in the younger generation because it increases concentration and stimulates mental activity. However, because of its ability to reduce pain it can also help for headaches. Try inhaling Rosemary essential oils to lift your spirits, eliminate depression and fatigue.
Eucalyptus oil offers a refreshing and cooling effect which can help with headaches. It also helps people who suffer from mental exhaustion or those who feel slightly sluggish. Eucalyptus oil eliminates exhaustion and mental fatigue.
Basil Essential Oil
Basil essential oil is very refreshing when smelled or used on a compress. It is used for nervous tension, melancholy, mental fatigue and depression. It has a very calming effect.
For this type of headache there are other essential oils that work. You might try:
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is used in fragrances and soaps and is a very popular essential oil because of its calming effect.
Again Peppermint essential oil can help because its properties are soothing and offer a type of cooling when pressed against the skin.
These are caused by a lack of sleep or by stress and dehydration. In this case these essential oils might work best:
Wintergreen Essential Oil
Wintergreen is best known for its analgesic effects. Rub it onto the affected area and the skin absorbs it. The Wintergreen induces numbness and calms the nerves there. This essential oil also increases circulation and brings warmth to the skin.
This is a relatively new essential oil but it has many beneficial properties which include its ability to work as an anti-depressant, a hypotensive, nervine and sedative; hence its benefits as a headache remedy.
How to Apply Essential Oils for Headaches
OK so you may know the benefits of essential oils but how do you apply them for headaches? These are best used on the skin, or combined with a carrier oil such as sweet almond and then massaged onto the skin. You can also relieve headaches by applying a single drop to the temple area of the head. If you do blend a good rule to follow is to massage a 1% solution. So you add one drop to a blend oil such as almond.
You can also get substantial relief by using a diffuser or placing a few drops in a cotton ball and setting it in a dish. Remember not all essential oils work for everyone, so you may need to switch to different oils or use a combination. In this case it might be best to buy an essential oil set made with these individual oils. Although a diffuser is nice to have, you don’t necessarily have to by one right away. You can wait to purchase this item after you have started working with the essential oils. A cotton ball with a few drops of oil does just as nicely as the more expensive diffuser.