Using Essential Oils to Ease Headache Pain

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Spring 2019 Willow & Sage by Stamptington

Headaches fall into four categories-migraine, tension, sinus, or sugar and each category can be treated with essential oils to ease the pain. A migraine is often caused by insomnia, stress, anxiety, or hormonal changes, while a tension headache usually comes from stress or strain. A sinus headache occurs when the nasal passages become clogged and cause pressure to build up within your sinuses, and a sugar headache stems from low blood sugar levels. Here are a few tips for treating each type with essential oils.

Migraine

Rub lavender or peppermint essential oil on your temples and back of the neck to relieve pain and nausea.

Tension

Rub eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil on your temple, forehead, and wrists. Or draw a warm bath and add 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil before soaking 10-20 minutes. Make sure to get in slowly and drink plenty of water afterward.

Sinus

Rub eucalyptus essential oil on your temples, chest, and nose to help open up nasal airways.

Sugar

Mix equal drops of lavender essential oil, rosemary essential oil, and coconut oil, and rub on your temples, forehead, and back of the neck.

 

Essential Oil Benefits 

Peppermint: cooling effect, inhibits muscle contractions, and stimulates blood flow.

Rosemary:  improves alertness, stimulates blood flow, and soothes nausea

Lavender:  relieves tension, treats neurological conditions, and helps regulate sleep.

Eucalyptus:. helps remove toxins, opens nasal passages, and promotes emotional balance.

Notes

Make sure to test out the oil on a small patch of skin before using.

For sensitive areas such as the face, dilute the oil first with a carrier oil.

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