By: Researcher Taymur
Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids that consist of a plant’s leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other components. Aromatherapy also includes essential oils that, through sensory stimuli (scent), can give health benefits such as stress reduction and circulation improvement.
Even essential oils can help to treat certain conditions, such as headaches or migraines. Different oils offer various advantages. These also provide benefits without the long list of side effects that may follow drugs for opioid headache and migraine. Some essential oils may reduce stress, which may relieve headaches of tension, or soothe pain.
They must be diluted in a carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil, or sweet almond oil in order to use essential oils. Add 5 drops of carrier oil to 1 ounce. Essential oils should never be applied or ingested directly on the skin.
Peppermint oil is one of the essential oils most widely used for treating headaches and migraines. It contains menthol that can help relax and relieve pain in the muscles. Applying diluted peppermint oil directly to the temples is thought to help relieve pain from both headaches of pressure and migraines.
Dilute the peppermint with a different carrier oil, such as coconut oil, and apply to temples.
Rosemary oil has strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties (pain killing). For hundreds of years, it has been used in folk medicine to reduce stress, relieve pain, and improve circulation, all of which can cure headaches. One study found that rosemary oil also helped with symptoms of withdrawal. It also leads to reducing anxiety and calming muscles, which can help with headaches.
To use rosemary oil, a few drops of rosemary oil mixed with a carrier oil like coconut oil can be used to massage the affected area. It is also believed that the scent of rosemary oil can offer pain relief, such as breathing in the scent from your skin or in a hot bath.
Essential lavender oil is commonly used to relieve stress and relax. Strong evidence is also available that lavender can help treat headaches and migraines.
Breathing in the fragrance of essential oil from lavender can help to manage migraine headaches acutely. One study found that, after only 15 minutes of inhaling the lavender oil, people reported a significant reduction in pain.
To receive its benefits, you can apply diluted lavender oil to the body, use an oil diffuser, or add the diluted oil to a warm bath.
Chamomile’s essential oil relaxes the body and soothes the muscles, which can be a great help in treating headaches of tension. Anxiety and insomnia, which are common causes of headaches, can also be treated.
Chamomile essential oil should not be used by pregnant women because it carries a risk of miscarriage.
You may apply to a bath or hot water a few drops of liquid chamomile oil diluted in a carrier oil and breathe in the air.
When sinus problems worsen your headaches, the essential oils of eucalyptus can become your new best friend. This oil will open the nasal passages, clear the sinuses, and help relieve the tension of the sinus causing headaches.
One study also found that a mixture of peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and ethanol provided the muscles and mind with calming effects that could help soothe headaches.
A drop of eucalyptus oil can be added to a carrier oil and applied to the chest to help clear the sinuses and apply a few drops to hot water and breathe in the vapor.
When used correctly, essential oils can have numerous medicinal benefits and can help relieve headaches and migraines. Recall that a little goes a long way when it comes to essential oils (1-3 drops will do the trick).
Make an appointment to see a doctor if your headaches and migraines are chronic and interfere with your life. Essential oils can work best as a replacement remedy to prescription medications for serious or regular headaches and migraines.
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