Read this post to learn what are some of the best essential oils for headaches and how to use them. I’ve been plagued by strong headaches and migraines since I was a teen. In fact I never had a headache in my life, believe it or not, until a few weeks after the Chernobyl disaster. We were living south of the place in a neighboring country, and as it happened, we had a strong wind coming our way bringing all that contaminated dust and air directly to our mountains – where I was living.
I had my first cluster headache just a short few weeks after. It was nerve wracking and so unusual for me. Sure, all this could be a coincidence, but fact is, headaches and migraines have become a major part of my life ever since.
From the time I started to work with essential oils in aromatherapy and for using them in the oil burner and in baths at night, I’ve learned quite a few things about these wonderful oils, and about which oils do seem to work to relieve my headaches. Not all oils work equally well, that’s another thing I’ve learned. Some help better than others.While this might not be the most exhaustive list, at least it’s also not a list copied from other websites (that are also copied from others…you get the idea). This is really a list of my own oils that I use to relieve my headaches (see picture above).
Now headaches and migraines are not quite the same thing. Some people have constant headaches and have never had a migraine in their life (lucky them!). Others have regular migraines, but not many actual headaches – and others, like me, suffer from both.
When I use some of the essential oils listed below, they do help better with headaches, I have to admit. They only help with a migraine when the actual migraine hasn’t already set in. There is that moment when you kind of feel that a migraine will come…it’s at the edge of your consciousness, but it’s not quite there. If I use the essential oils around that time, if I catch that ‘not quite yet here’ moment, the migraine in many cases doesn’t even happen.
For actual headaches these oils help even when I already experience the pain, regardless if the headaches is tension headache, stress caused headache, or a simple general headache with unknown reason.
So here goes…
Best Essential Oils For Headaches That Work Well For Me
- Roman Chamomile
While I have quite a few essential oils at home, the best ones I found to work are the above 5. I can either use them separately, or together in a wonderful oil blend with a carrier oil such as jojoba or sweet almond oil or even fractionated coconut oil (something which I’ve started using recently).
What I found works best is when I use the oil blend I created rather than using the oils separately, I guess because of the synergy the blend creates between the oils themselves.
Here is my personal recipe. You can adjust the dose as you see fit, or even experiment with adding your own oils if you don’t have some of these or you find something else that works better.
How To Make Your Own Essential Oil Blend For Headaches
Add 4 tbsp of your carrier oil of choice to a dark glass (never use light colored or transparent glasses to store your essential oils in)
Next add: 3 drops lavender oil, 4 drop frankincense oil, 2 drops peppermint oil, 5 drops roman chamomile oil and 3 drops of eucalyptus.
Some people like to add more drops of lavender essential oil, however I found that if I add more than 2-3 for such a small blend, instead of calming me down and relaxing me, it actually makes it a bit irritable and edgy, it really wakes me up, and that’s not what I want for a lingering headache.
I add more drops of frankincense as I truly love its healing properties, and in fact I’ve started to use this particular oil overall more than others (even in my bath) because of its anticancer properties. As I have a few thyroid nodules that doctor’s don’t know yet for sure whether they’re benign or not, I am using frankincense as a means of precaution really – but I also love its smell a lot.
Also roman chamomile is such a relaxing and healing essential oil, I love it. I used to love chamomile ever since I was a kid when my mom was giving me chamomile tea for anything that bothered me – from stomach upset to eye problems (in the form of applying with a cotton ball over the eye), or with stress and irritation.
How To Apply The Essential Oil Blend
Well there are 3 main ways I use these oils.
First I apply a few drops of the blend on my forehead, massaging it lightly in. Next, I also add a few of these drops in my oil burner for breathing it in while working. Finally when I take bath, if I happen to have headache that day, these are the very oils I use instead of another combination.
Sometimes I even use a few drops and massage it over my entire scalp (focusing on the area that hurts mostly, especially if it’s not the temple area).
Some additional essential oils for headaches that I’ve been experimenting with (not quite with the same results, but still, worth trying if the above blend doesn’t do much for you, I guess, because everyone is different, we react to different things, and our metabolism is different as well) are: rosemary, clove (btw clove is PERFECT for toothaches!), geranium and cinnamon.
How are you using your essential oils for headaches and what oils work best for you?
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