Is it pressure, dull ache or your head is just throbbing? Then, you are probably one of those people suffering from tension headaches. I am sure that you already tried all sort of painkillers and over-the-counter treatments in order to blast the pain, but have you ever thought in getting rid of the pain using the natural way?
As a matter of fact a few changes in your diet alongside with proper hydration and consistent sleep will help you stop headaches without being exposed to those awful side effects of drugs.
In order to get rid of those awful headaches you might want to replace those slowly-killing painkillers with another lifestyle remedy: essential oils.
It is proven that essential oils have been used for decades in order to tackle down headaches and other aches. Since different things cause different types of headaches, you should know that there are different solutions in treating each type of pain. Moreover, some essential oils are more effective for specific headaches than others.
Why are essential oils effective for headaches
Essential oils are effective in the treatment of headaches because they are able to safely and effectively treat the trigger of a pain, meaning they get to the root of the problem rather than masking the pain temporarily. Also, there are no side effects when using essential oils for headaches, and you are able to remain in control of your dose depending on the type of headache you are having.
Tension Headache: Peppermint Essential Oil
Add 10 drops peppermint oil to 1-ounce carrier oil, like jojoba or coconut, and massage into the neck and shoulders. You will get relief within 15 minutes.
Stress Headache: Lavender, Frankincense, or Citrus Essential Oils
Pick one of the above essential oils and inhale 1-2 drops from a tissue, add it into an essential oil diffuser, or apply 1-2 drops to your palms alongside with a carrier oil, rub together gently, and inhale deeply.
Hormonal Headache: Geranium Essential Oil
If you suspect PMS is behind your headache, apply geranium essential oil on your abdomen: add 1 drop to a teaspoon of carrier oil and massage in a circular motion. Or you can mix 5-8 drops with 1 tablespoon of career oil and add in your tub.
Dehydration Headache: Peppermint, Orange, or Tangerine Essential Oils
Dehydration is the main reason for headaches and migraines, so drink plenty of water. Meanwhile, you can add 1-2 drops peppermint, orange, or tangerine essential oil to a small bowl of cold water. Then dip a face cloth, ring it out, and put it across your forehead while you chill out.
Migraine: Lavender Essential Oil
Inhaling lavender essential oil for 15 minutes will help you relieve migraine pain faster than any other painkiller. Try inhaling straight from the bottle at the first sign of a headache or use it in a face massage: Add 1 drop of lavender essential oil to a teaspoon of unscented face cream, and massage the jaw, temples, and forehead.
Another way to tackle down headaches using essential oils is to prepare the following blend and keep in it your purse, drawer, and use it whenever your head is throbbing.
- 10 drops of peppermint
- 10 drops of frankinsense
- 10 drops of lavender
Add the above oils into a small roller. Shake slowly before use!