A headache can bring your whole day down. What do most people do to get rid of headaches? They tend to veer towards headache medications that are full of chemicals. These medications don’t really do anything to address the cause of the headache; rather, they merely suppress the pain. We want the pain to go away, but we like to do it naturally.
Essential oils are great for getting rid of headaches. In aromatherapy, many people use basil, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, and peppermint essential oils to naturally remedy headaches. Since there are different types of headaches, it is best to use the right essential oil for the job. See the essential oils below to know when to use them.
In aromatherapy, peppermint essential oil is commonly used to remedy headaches or muscle and nerve pain. The scent of peppermint tends to ease headaches that are accompanied by muscle pain. You can dilute it with some coconut oil and apply it to the sore area, or inhale the aroma.
If you are congested or feel like your throat is swollen, using eucalyptus essential oil can help open up your airways and reduce swelling. Take a warm bath, pour about 10 drops of eucalyptus oil in it, and soak in there for about 20 minutes.
Tension headaches, often caused by stress, are very common and pain typically occurs on both sides of the head. Lavender, or peppermint, oil is commonly used in aromatherapy to treat these headaches. Lavender’s scent has a calming effect, so you can pour a few drops in some boiling water and inhale the vapors to provide relief. Keep the oil away from your mouth and eyes, though.
If you have a persistent headache, ginger essential oil can help relieve the long-lasting pain. Dilute ginger oil in some extra virgin olive oil and massage it onto your skin to provide relief.
Made from a type of orange tree and infused with lemon aroma, bergamot oil can help provide relief from headaches that are caused by anxiety or pain. Research indicates that the aroma of bergamot oil helps the brain relax, so it is best to inhale the vapors.
Rosemary essential oil is typically used in aromatherapy to help relieve stress, anxiety, or pain headaches. If you dilute it in olive oil and apply it to the skin, it can help improve circulation. You can add about 10 drops to a warm bath and soak in it to help melt away your stress.