How To Use Essential Oils To Relieve Headaches

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Getting a headache can really stop you in your tracks and put a damper on your day. So it is no surprise that we are eager to cure headaches as effectively as possible!

Essential oils, derived from plants and herbs, are excellent in tackling those unwanted headaches. Some of the best general-purpose essential oils to have on hand for headaches include peppermint, rosemary, basil, clove, eucalyptus, frankincense, lavender, and patchouli.

As there are different types of headaches, there are different essential oils recommended depending on the cause of the ailment. If you’re unsure, this site is great in helping you identify what sort of headache you are experiencing. Remember always to consult a professional if you are experiencing extreme pain or very frequent headaches.

For the everyday headache, give these essential oils a try to help.

Lavender

The most common type of headache, tension headaches, are often caused by stress and feel like a dull pain on both sides of the head. Peppermint and lavender work best in this situation.Lavender oil comes from the plant’s flowers and has a calming effect; aromatherapists often use it to help treat headaches! Just place a few drops of lavender oil into boiling water and inhale the vapors. Lavender oil can also be rubbed into the skin for pain relief. But keep it away from your mouth and eyes — it can be toxic if ingested!

Rosemary

Another essential oil that is frequently used in aromatherapy, rosemary is great for relieving stress, anxiety and pain. Rosemary oil can be used to treat muscle pain and improve circulation by rubbing it into the skin, so it makes sense that it could help relieve headache pain too. Rosemary essential oil can be added to a base oil, such as almond oil or olive oil, and rubbed into the skin in the problematic area. It can also be added to bathwater, but avoid contact with the eyes or any open cuts!

Bergamot

Bergamot oil is made from a type of orange tree and has an intense lemon aroma that is used for both pain and anxiety, so it can also be a useful headache treatment. Bergamot oil aroma is inhaled — some researchers believe that smell receptors in the nose react to essential oils by sending messages to the brain that cause relaxation, thus relieving headache pain.

Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil is used in aromatherapy for headaches as well as muscle and nerve pain. The aroma of this essential oil can be inhaled or applied to the skin after being diluted with a base oil.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil is said to help reduce swelling, clear nasal congestion, and relieve pain. Full-strength essential oil of eucalyptus should not be taken by mouth or rubbed on the skin. Ensure you always dilute it first!

Ginger

Ginger is widely known for its ability to help relieve stomachaches, nausea, and diarrhea. However, a little know fact about ginger oil is that it has a pungent smell and can be used as a massage oil to relieve headache pain.

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    Q: I have read that Peppermint, Lavender, Rosemary and Sage essential oils are all good for hair and stimulating hair growth. Would it be more beneficial to use them all at once for maximum result or should I just use the Rosemary and Sage only as you suggested? Also, I didn?t see any Almond oil so I was wondering if I could use Olive oil or Jojoba oil as a carrier oil.

    A:

    Yes they are great for stimulating hair growth; however, I would use them together or combined. ANY natural edible oil can be used - it's YOUR choice. Jojoba and/or sesame seed oil are the best oils for the hair.

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    Q: Essential oils - Some essential oils have an effect on the male hormonal or sexual reproductive system and can be inhaled directly into the nose, burned in a diffuser, or applied to the bath water or the body itself. What are some of these oils and do you sell them?

    A:

    Sexually stimulating essential oils include NEROLI, ROSE, YLANG YLANG, DAVANA, COMBAVA, JASMINE,PATCHOULI, and SANDALWOOD.

    Dherbs.Com does not sell these oils individually; but we do have great inhalers made of them. Check out our inhalers on our site (on-line store).

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    Q: Is it possible that the Headache and Pain formula that my mother has currently been on since June of this year could be causing her to have internal bleeding. She is peeing brown at times. Her blood work came back fine. Her kidney are functioning normally. I wonder if there is something that I am giving her to cause this. Currently she is on your Headache and Pain formula, Calcium Formula, Nerves formula, Joint formula, MSM formula, and CNS formula. Everything is normal except for the brown looking urine she has developed for over a month now and it occurs in the morning. Do you know what could be causing this? Am I giving her too many herbs at one time? Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you, Dherbs.com. I appreciate it.

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    No, not at all! Herbs don't cause problems. They help heal them! The morning piss is usually the most toxic one, releasing the toxins and poisons that have been broken down at night during sleep. This is normal and is a sign her body is normalizing itself. There's nothing to worry about. There never is! Her body is healing itself!

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    Q: Question, I'm vegan/vegetarian 27 male (black)...I'm having symptoms of the Flu: cold chills, like sinus headache, lost of appetite, shoulder pain!...I've been dealing wit' this now for 3 days; the worst is over, no more cold chills & just got my appetite back today and no more body pain; but I still have a slight headache, I can move my eyes around a bit more. In the future what way can I safeguard my internal against such sicknesses?

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    DHERBS: BATH IN HOT WATER, 1 BOX OF SEA SALT DAILY! FOR HEADACHES, TAKE DHERBS HEADACHE & PAIN FORMULA AND HEADACHE TEA. PERFORM AN ENEMA. RAINFOREST TONIC AND IMMUNE SUPPORT IS A GREAT FORMULA THAT GUARDS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.

    And I have a 4yr. daughter after being sick what type of accentual oils are good for cleaning & killing germs after this sickness is over?

    DHERBS: ESSENTIAL OILS OF TEA TREE, NIAOULI, RAVENSARE, MANUKA, CAJEPUT, EUCALYPTUS, AND LEMON.

    What are some other effective natural herbs that r affective in curing these symptoms? (beside the ones listed down below)

    DHERBS: ECHINACEA, GOLDENSEAL, CAT'S CLAW, PAU D' ARCO, GINSENG, ELDERBERRY, AND ASTRAGALUS

    I've been fighting these symptoms with Lemon Juice ginger Echinacea (combination) Lemon Water (spring), Green tea & today just got a bit of my appetite back: vegetarian chili w/garlic. I've been burning Tea oil & lemon grass; don't ask why those just gave me the most comfort.

    DHERBS: ALWAYS DO WHAT WORKS, BELOVED!

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    Q: I wanted to know what you would suggest for muscle pain. I have pain in my neck and bicep, tightening in my wrist and sometimes my hand is cold. I had an mri that showed some mild degenerative changes to my cervical spine.

    A:

    For muscle pain, we recommend Joint Aid, and MSM Sulfur to help nourish and maintain muscles and nerves.

    Coldness in your extremities may be due to poor circulation for which we recommend Circulation Aid.

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    Q: I am a beginner Holistic practitioner. My son who just turned 24 is addicted to pain medication. He started with Vicodin when he was 17 now he is taking OxyContn and Methadone. He said he is ready to get off now, because he sees how it is destroying his life. I know getting off of this type of medication is very hard on the person who will be Detoxing. I really don't want to put him in a in-house detox center, nor do we have the finances to do so. So, I want to have him come stay with me for however long it takes to get him detox. But I want to give him what he needs to lessen the healing crises, the headaches, the other pain that is associated with this type of withdraw. I am not quite sure what to do or where to start or if it is something I should do. I feel that I can help him. But I want to be sure of this. I am thinking this is something that might require a medical physician. Please let me know if it something that can be done at home. And if so, what herbs, supplements and whole foods I should have handy to assist him on his detox process. You expertise is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    A:

    He needs the FULL BODY DETOX and should drink plenty of Licorice Root tea. He can detox at home. Let him bathe in 26-78 ounces of sea salt daily. Let him drink vegetable juice daily as well. Please schedule a health consultation so you can obtain more natural remedies for your son. $100 (for a consultation) is a lot cheaper than a detox center. Please consider!

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    Q: What can I use to relieve the pain in my toes also I do not have any sex drive can u tell me how can I get it back?

    A:

    To relieve toe pain, soak the toe in hot water, sea salt, and peppermint oil for 30 minutes daily. This has detoxifying properties that will help eliminate toxins that maye be blocking proper circulation, thereby causing pain.

    Try our Headache & Pain Formula too.

    For low sex drive, try Jackrabbit Formula and Jackrabbit Extract to aid your entire sexual reproductive system.

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    Q: I've been doing raw for about 28 days and I am on day 9 of the FULL BODY DETOX. I have noticed that my hands are orange occasionally. This also was present before doing the raw fast and detox as well. I looked on your website to see if you had any articles pertaining to this but didn't see any. I have read up a little on jaundice, but I experience this only on my hands (palms only, not in eyes or anywhere else). 5 or 6 years ago I was experiencing pain in my liver area and began changing my diet. Shortly after that I went to see an acupuncture therapist for a back injury (car accident) and he asked had I'd been experiencing pain anywhere else and I told him in the liver area. He treated me for both. I never have pain in my liver area again but was unsure what the orange hands are all about. I don't know if that is too much information, but I'd really appreciate any information you can give me on this issue.

    A:

    Orange or yellowish hands or feet denote TOXICITY. The body is toxic, especially the liver and needs to be cleansed periodically. Give the FULL BODY DETOX a try! Soak your hands in hot water (as hot as you can bear it) and 1 box of sea salt for about 30 minutes daily. I had this problem some years ago. I was going through times, had been through so much. I went and got a manicure one day and the Asian lady could read palms and told me I needed to relax. I had been doing everything by myself for a long time in life and needed to rest. She kept emphasizing rest. While this was true, my body also needed to detox. The anger in me at certain people and certain circumstances was stored in my liver (the liver stores anger). But in order to start a new life and live life anew, I had to work on my LIVE-R.

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    Q: My husband is experiencing severe lower back pain, and numbness in his leg. He has already had a series of epidural shots in his spine, and the pain is still there. He has been a body builder, and a healthy eater in the past. He is retired Army and thinks alot of the pain is due old injuries. I do not see any herbs for severe back pain. He is on Flexerol, 800 ml of motrin, and I believe next they will suggest surgery (fuse the bones together). Can you tell us what may help his back?

    A:

    It appears his condition is self-inflicted and not degenerative in nature, so herbs exclusively would not be of great help; only partial help. The drugs are making his condition worse. I would suggest he give the Full Body Detox, a try so as to purify his body so REAL healing can begin. The pain may always exist, but it could be contained. He should also see a chiropractic. Being honest too, what he is experiencing is the effect of his cause (what he did to his body under the guise of what he thought was the right thing to do in bodybuilding, and eating what he thought was healthy food). Detox first! But if he can't give up the drugs, I wouldn't recommend detoxing as herbs and drugs don't mix!

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    Q: My sister suffers from excruciating migraine headaches. She is very conscious of the correct foods to eat and is careful to eat nutritionally complete foods, but I fear she may have a chemical imbalance or toxin build-up in her system, which is causing the migraines. Do you have a recommendation as to what herbs she could take to alleviate the migraine pain? Your help would be appreciated.

    A:

    Have your sister first perform the Full Body Detox. After this kit, have her take Headache & Pain formula, Brain Tuner formula, Bowel Mover, and Headache Tea.

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    Q: I have stopped my male pattern baldness with herbs, but I cannot grow anything back. I've tried everything. Now I am using jojoba oil mixed with grape seed oil with thyme, rosemary, cedarwood, and lavender essential oil, will this help in growth, any suggestions?

    A:

    Yes! But take something internally as well, i.e.HAIR-SKIN-NAILS, VITAMIN C, and MSM SULFUR.

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    Q: Thank you for your reply. I’m interested to buy your products because I want to be relieved from pain occurring monthly associated with my menstrual cycle. This affects me so much. I’m a regular income earner with a salary to meet my basic needs. I will save a little daily so I can buy your product. This might help me relieve the symptoms. From my last ultrasound, my uterine fibroid is just 3 cm in size. There are 3 and the 2 are smaller in size but I suspect this causes the pain. Pain starts 3 days before menstruation until after my ovulation. It last for about 15 days a month and it affects me so much. My pain is at the lower right abdomen and pelvic area. I also feel cramps in my right leg. It is most appreciated if you could help me. God bless.

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    Beloved, purchase a bottle of MOON CYCLE FORMULA and FEMALE HEALTH TEA and take these 3 days before your menses begin. These 2 products are very economical and will give you relief until you can perform one of the kits and regimens.

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    Q: Dherbs, I am experiencing some degree of headaches on my forehead on the left side. I have had about four surgeries for this thinking its related to my sinus, but no relief. I recently started to get some headaches on the back of my head, and neck pains. I took an MRI, and I am not sure of the result the doctor said it seem to be some abnormality on the back of my head may be from birth, he refered me to a nurogolist. Give me some advice on what I can do with herbs, I have already taken your Total Male Cleanse, your Weight Release Cleanse, the Full Body Detox, and just about to finish your Respiratory Cleanse, about 8 more days to go after I have your 10 Day Supreme Cleanse to start next week give me some advice on what course to take alternatively.

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    How long have you been experiencing the headaches? You've taken some powerful cleanses thus far. Regardless of what cleanse, start drinking Headache Tea daily. I make it, and add maple syrup, lemon juice, and chill it. This helps for my headaches which are sporadic.

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    Q: I'm having pain in my chest near my heart, its like little bubbles of pain and I'm afraid it may be serious. It's sporatic, I'm 37 year old female. Could you tell me what this could possibly be and if there's anything natural I can take for it? Your advice is greatly appreciated. Sounds like Angina Pectoris (heart pain)!

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    Q: I am taking nexium 2Mg to prevent vomiting. Now I am having headaches at both sides of my temples mouth waters up as though preparing to throw up but muscles do not respond. Resulting in a feeling of sour stomach nausea and a constant hot pulsating pain that is even worse at night. Here is a list but complete list of all known symptoms and circumstances: 1975-1977 weight 110 lbs 1982 diagnosed hyperthyroidism weight 98 lbs. proprylthyoruracil taken also radio active iodine no follow-up treatment only herbal teas cleaning regular diet no pork or by products 1983 pregnant 110lbs. June 1983 March weight 210lbs. Newborn weight 4lbs. 14ounces 1985 weight 135lbs. 1986 April wt. 205lbs newborn at 6lbs. 12ounces 1993 weight 130lbs 1994 September wt. 195lbs newborn at 7lbs. 9ounce 1997 colonics chlorophyll 2000 miscarriage 2002 miscarriage 2003 weight 175lbs. 2006 weight 195lbs 2007 February colonics no additives March hypothyroidism diagnosis weight at 215lbs Synthroid taken approx. 2wks abdominal pains / stop taking synthriod pain subsides / lower dosage taken approx. 1wk / intensified pain with nausea & vomiting tried Armour Thyroid Extract & Herbal equivalent with same results / Stop all Meds. & herbs/Pain has intensified prilosec does not help 2007 May emergency room visit all test normal Bill: $10,000 No insurance / weight 215lbs. 2007 October 26 - 31 stomach will not hold food or water without vomiting 2007 October31 Emergency Room Visit/all test normal detect minor stomach irritation/Follow -up prescription :Gastroenterologist Weight 224lbs height 5'4 New Hospital Bill undetermined Employment Pending Problem : paid $324 for individual insurance coverage from Beech / Aetna Now they are nowhere to be found. ACH revolks has been put on my account to keep that bogus insurance associate from using my account information and to recover that which they have already taken. Nexium was prescribed for the last 6 months I have been experiencing nothing but intensifying pain and sleepless nights being awakened by pain or frequent calls to urinate. At times I look as though I am 9 months pregnant. I have infrequent bowel movements and hardly any food in my stomach. I am constantly experiencing hunger pains so I just drank a lot of water. Now my stomach won't event take water without making me nauseated. All the little cleansing diets has robed me of my strength the smallest of task feels like a chore . If you can't help me I'll understand. The pain is mainly in middle of chest and in my back between the shoulder blade it burns and causes my whole abdominals and diaphragm to swell. It feels like an acidic chemical in my chest shoot out almost like, (if you could imagine) a spray bottle. It sprays like tiny streams of a burning like chemical into the breast, muscles in my upper and lower back tightens, my spine burns and my diaphragm feels like it is on fire and it starts to literally vibrate and trimmer in pain. I am in constant pain.

    A:

    I highly suggest you first perform our Full Body Detox (maybe twice, back to back). After the Full Body Detox, I would suggest you try our Weight Release kit and regimen which will help you to regulate your weight. Consider a vegan and raw foods diet. Order our Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual and check out these diets and how to incorporate them into your life.

    After your cleanses, your daily regimen should consist of: Thyroid Formula, Electric Greens, Weight Loss (Release) Formula, Bowel Mover, and HYPERLINK "http://www.dherbs.com/store/rainforest-tonic-tea-p-289.html" Rainforest tea.

    No drugs will really help your condition. I don't recommend medication but it's your choice in the end!

    For pain, we have a Headache and Pain (Bio-salicin) formula which works well with MSM Sulfur (of which you need to take 9-15 capsules per day, maybe 3-5 capsules three times a day).

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    Q: Hi, I have been suffering from a dull pain the testicular area for over 2 years now. I have seen 2 urologists that have confirmed that I have enterococcus bacteria in either the prostate of genital area based on semen culture. I have also done testicle ultrasound and CAT scan of the area with good results. One of the urologist said that I have an inflamed prostate (prostitis) there was some varicose veins when ultra sound was done but the urologist continues to give me long term antibiotics. Some my symptoms have been dull pain in the testicular area when I need to have a bowel movement. low energy, moody, memory loss, irritable, confused, brain fog etc. I use to have a health sex drive but now my sex drive is really low. A bit of erectile dysfunction but I think that comes more from having the pain all the time and anxiety. I don't know if this is possible but my penis seems to have reduced in size when erect. The doctor ask me to try some cialis for the ED which I did for a short while but decided I needed something natural because of the long term problems of using those medications. I have had long periods of stress from a bitter business relationship about 2 years ago. My concern is that every time I go to the urologist all they want to do it give me antibiotics and that doesn't seem to be working. I am concern of the other organ damage caused by taking long term antibiotics. Is there an alternative you recommend? I have been looking at your Anti- virus treatment. I am 30 years old.

    A:

    I would suggest you perform the FULL BODY DETOXfollowed by the TOTAL MALE CLEANSE. Read some of our free health articles too on male reproductive health. Healing begins with knowledge!

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    Q: Where can I purchase Essential Oils?

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    Aura cassia brand of essential oils are available at whole Foods Market. You can also find individual essential oils at most good health food stores, i.e. New Frontiers (Arizona), Erewhon (Los Angeles, CA), Sevenanda (Atlanta, GA), PCC Natural Health Stores (Seattle, WA), Papa Jon's (Long Beach, CA). Essential oils are also sold at "Soothe Your Soul" in Redondo Beach, California (www.sootheyoursoul), "The Crsytal Matrix" in Los Angeles, CA (www.crystalmatrix.com), and "AromaTherapeutix" in Seal Beach, CA (www.aromatherpeutix.com). Dherbs.com sells essential oil-based products. Visit On-Line store and go to the "ESSENTIAL OIL BATH DROPS PAGE"

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    Q: My daughter has been diagnosis with shingles, in your manual you suggest taking the anti-viral, blood and lymphatic, and the immune booster formulas, my question is will this help with the pain as she heals and should she first do the FBD or do both at the same time. She is at the point now that the doctors are suggesting steroids, having severe headaches on the right side of her head it feels like an electric shock and her body is sensitive to the touch. Needs help with the pain if she can't afford to get all three formulas which one of the three could she get now to help until she can get the other two? Being stressed really brings it on. I didn't see anything about shingles in your article that's why I'm writing.

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    Opt for the NERVES FORMULA and HEADACHE AND PAIN FORMULA. More importantly, she should avoid stress at all costs.

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    Q: I am not sure if I pulled a muscle cause I work with baggage at the airlines. And back pain and abdominal pain has been prevalent. and I hate my job have not been able to get the job I wanted and my mom keeps telling go back to college, but I want to get my degree in poetry. I probably need a new plan, I want to get married but the girl I love she is not that consciousness about her diet and I am a vegetarian. What does back pain denotes Mr. Djuethy. Thank you brother. and thank you very much cause I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being able low the prices on the herbs cause I purchase avidly. Thank you and god bless you from the universe.

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    Beloved, it sounds like your back is against the wall with pressure from other people directing your life. Are you bending over backwards to try and please everybody? Pain is the absent of pleasure. Sounds like you are missing pleasure in your life.

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    Q: I've been suffering with my sciatic nerve for over a year and as of yet, have not found any relieve. I've had an x-ray and nothing was found. Now, I'm in the process of having an MRI. The doctor prescribed me some medication but I refuse to take it because medicine only suppresses a problem but doesn't address it. Any advice on what I can do to combat this agonizing pain? It affects my ability to walk freely on some days. I've just learned how to ignore the pain. I just purchased your FULL BODY DETOX and will begin as soon as you send the missing bottle of number 1. I'm totally excited.

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    Perform the FULL BODY DETOX. After performing the FULL BODY DETOX, take NERVES FORMULA and KHEMETIAN GOLDdaily. Start seeing a chiropractic and acupressurist or acupuncturist as well. Don't forget to improve your diet!