Aromatherapy: For Headache Relief

Headaches are awful. We’ve all had them (if you say you haven’t, I don’t believe you).

Whether you suffer from short term tension headaches when the stress levels are high, or you’re an unlucky person that experiences major debilitating migraines- both interfere with our day and leave us feeling pretty bad!

If you’re not familiar with the difference between the two, a migraine is a severe and painful type of headache that can be triggered by anxiety, sleep or food deprivation, bright lights, loud noises, hormonal changes and stress.

It is a severe and painful type of headache which often includes throbbing pain followed by nausea and vomiting. THEY STINK.

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Common symptoms include constant pressure or pain on both sides of the head near the temples, or at the base of the neck.

Tension headaches can last 30 minutes all the way to several days and often arise when a person is under stress. Tension headaches stink too.

Personally, I’m not a pill-taker. Advil and similar products work great, but I just have an aversion to swallowing pills (anyone else feel that way?) When a tension headache takes over my afternoon, my first defense is to take a nap in a dark room and sleep it off- but that’s not always possible (especially at work. Bosses tend to frown upon mid-day naps).

So my next go-to for headache survival is to reach for some essential oils.

Used topically, specific essential oils can be rubbed into areas of stress and tension, such as temples, forehead, the back of the neck, and reflex areas on the hands and feet, for relief.

You can apply these directly from the bottle, or make a pre-mixed blend kept in a Rollon applicator bottle to swipe on whenever a headache begins to surface. (If you have sensitive skin, be sure to dilute your oils before applying them to your skin).

The following Essential Oils are wonderful for headache relief:

Ylang Ylang

My go-to blend is 2 drops each of peppermint, lavender and frankincense applied to my temples (where I feel my tension headaches the most). If I don’t have all three, Peppermint is my favorite.

You can apply it topically or use it aromatically by simply breathing deeply over the bottle for instant relief!

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