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How to relieve your headaches with essential oils

Essential Oils
Essential Oils
This image demonstrates spray bottles that can be used to dilute them ready to be sprayed around your home.

Essential oils are a natural way to try to ease the pain of headaches instead of over-the-counter medication. Therefore, in this blog post, I will discuss how to relieve your headaches with five well known essential oils.

Five easy to find Essential oils

1. Peppermint oil

Relieve headaches and migraine attacks with Peppermint oil. Menthol, known to help relax muscles and alleviate pain, is present in it.

How to use it

Dilute the peppermint with another carrier oil, such as coconut oil, and apply it to your temples.

2. Rosemary oils

Rosemary oil has high anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) effects. Used as part of folk medicine for hundreds of years to reduce stress, alleviate pain, and improve circulation.

Rosemary oil is proven to help with both opiate and alcohol withdrawal symptoms. It also helps relieve anxiety and relax muscles, which can help with migraines.

How to use it

Massage where the pain is with a few drops of rosemary oil mixed with a carrier oil like coconut oil to utilize rosemary oil. The scent of rosemary oil, such as smelling your skin or applying a few drops into a hot bath, can help reduce pain.

3. Lavender oil

Lavender essential oil is well known to reduce stress and promote relaxation. It has also been proved to help with migraines and headaches. Breathing in the aroma can assist with the management of migraine attacks.

The researchers discovered that people who inhaled lavender oil for just 15 minutes reported a significant reduction in pain.

How to use it

You can apply lavender oil to your skin, use an oil diffuser, or add the diluted oil to a bath.

4. Chamomile oil

Chamomile essential oil relaxes the body, soothes muscles, and can help treat tension headaches. It treats anxiety and sleeplessness, which are common causes of headaches.
Please note: Pregnant women must not use Chamomile essential oil because it has the potential to cause miscarriage.

How to use it

Breathe in the steam after adding a few drops of chamomile essential oil to a bath or hot water.

5. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus essential oils can be your go-to oil if you have sinus headaches. This oil will open up the nasal passages, clean out the sinuses, and alleviate tension in the sinuses that causes headaches.

A 2010 study found that aromatherapy may help reduce migraine pain. Another study revealed that combining peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and ethanol provided relaxing effects on the muscles and mind, which might assist with headaches.

How to use it

Likewise use a drop of eucalyptus oil as a natural decongestant by mixing it with a carrier oil and applying it to the chest. Alternatively, add several drops to boiling water and breathe in the steam.

Risks and Complications

Essential oils have a much lower risk of side effects. Compared to over the counter medications. The greatest danger associated with essential oils is the possibility of an allergic response or irritation. Applying essential oils to the skin may induce discomfort, including a stinging or burning sensation, redness, or rashes.

Therefore, one of the best practices before applying to the skin, dilute all essential oils, including peppermint and eucalyptus oils, in a carrier oil.

Likewise, before applying a large amount, do a patch test. Apply a few drops of diluted essential oil to a tiny region on your skin before applying a substantial quantity. If there is no irritation in 24 to 48 hours, it should be safe to use.

Finally, let me know whether you have tried any of these and how they have helped you.

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