Never one to reach for the pill bottle, at least right away, I started looking for ways to relieve my pain so I could carry on with my day. Naturally, my essential oils came to mind.
There are a few essential oils that may be beneficial in alleviating headache pain including: basil, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, helichrysum, lavender, peppermint, roman chamomile, rosemary, spike lavender, spearmint, sweet marjoram, and wintergreen. Most of these essential oils have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties which make them very effective for this purpose and some are also known for their ability to calm and reduce stress which is a leading contributor to headache pain for many.
My go to blend for headaches was adapted from a recipe found at Aromatics International’s website using frankincense, peppermint, and lavender. I dilute these oils to 5% in a carrier oil since the blend is going to be used short term to treat an acute health issue (read more on dilution guidelines here). My version is as follows...
Headache Helper Blend
In a 10 ml glass roller bottle:
- 5 drops frankincense essential oil
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- fill with fractionated coconut oil
I have also found a few other tricks to alleviate my headache pain in the past that have been fairly successful in combination with each other and the essential oils. Such as...
- Drinking plenty of water.
- Eating a small snack.
- Finding a dimly lit and quiet place to rest for a few minutes.
- Gently stretching and massaging the muscles of my neck and shoulders to release tension.
- Applying a cool compress to my forehead.
- Identifying the type of headache I’m having and removing the trigger if possible (ex: in case of a tension headache this may be stress so leaving the room or project momentarily, or in the case of an allergy-induced headache going indoors).
Aromaweb. (2016). Aromatherapy for headaches. Retrieved from http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/aromatherapy-essential-oils-for-headaches.asp