Most Effective Essential Oils for Headaches Including Migraine

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There is noticeable increase in the percentage of global population suffering from headaches including migraine. Wrong posture, constipation, indigestion, hormone imbalances and stress are some of the causes of headaches.

Natural remedies for headaches including migraines have proved to be very effective thanks to ancient wisdom. Yoga poses for headaches improve digestive function, regulate blood circulation and relieve stress thereby aiding in curing and preventing headaches.

Practicing mudras for headaches produces amazing results. Home remedies for headaches including migraine also aid in relieving headaches and preventing headache incidents in future.

Likewise, essential oils have been used since ancient times to treat various health conditions including headaches.

How Do Essential Oils Cure Headache?

Essential oils are effective in healing pain, curing indigestion, promoting blood circulation and relieving menstrual pain and hence are highly recommended for headaches including migraines caused by the above-mentioned conditions. Essential oils also relieve stress and promote calm and hence can be used to treat tension headaches.

Most Effective Essential Oils for Headaches Including Migraine

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Here are some of the most important essential oils for headaches including migraine:

1) Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger essential oil relieve nausea caused due to migraine. It is also effective in reducing intensity of headache.

Dilute ginger essential oil with carrier oil and apply on your head and gently massage. Check 'How to Dilute Essential Oils' to dilute ginger essential oil before applying on your head.

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2) Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil relaxes muscle cramps, relieves congestion and aids in treating headache caused due to anxiety.

Dilute peppermint essential oil using carrier oil and apply on areas where it aches.

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3) Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil promotes calm and hence helps to relieve headache caused due to stress and anxiety.

A study has proved that inhalation of lavender essential oil can reduce the intensity of migraine.

Dilute lavender essential oil with carrier oil and apply on the area of pain. You can also diffuse lavender oil in your room.

Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your bath.

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4) Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Cineole in eucalyptus essential oil relieves nose block thereby aiding in relieving sinus headache.

The efficacy of eucalyptus essential oil as a stress-reliever has also been proven. Hence, eucalyptus essential oil can be effectively used in relieving headache caused by stress.

Dilute eucalyptus essential oil with carrier oil and apply on forehead, temples, back of the neck and chest.

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5) Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary essential oil relieves pain. Since rosemary oil promotes calm it is effective in relieving headache caused due to stress. Rosemary essential oil also promotes sleep. Hence it is effective for relieving headache caused due to insomnia.

Dilute rosemary essential oil with carrier oil, apply on areas of headache and also at the back of the neck.

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6) Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile essential oil relieves stress and insomnia and hence is effective for headache triggered by stress and sleeplessness. Chamomile essential oil relaxes muscles and relieves muscle tension. 

It has been proven by a research, that increased nitric oxide levels can cause migraine. Yet another study has proved that by decreasing nitric oxide levels, chamomile aids in relieving migraine.

Dilute chamomile essential oil with carrier oil and inhale the steam. You can also add a few drops of chamomile essential oil to your bath.

Chamomile tea helps to relieve indigestion.

Chamomile essential oil is not recommended for pregnant women.

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7) Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium essential oil is highly effective in relieving headache in women during menstrual cycle. A study has proved that massaging with geranium essential oil helps to relieve physical and psychological symptoms associated with menstrual cycle.

Dilute geranium essential oil with carrier oil and apply on the area of pain and sides of the neck.

Add a few drops of geranium essential oil to your bath. You can also wet a towel in this water, wring out the excess water and give warm compress in the area of pain.

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8) Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense essential oil relieves stress and insomnia. It is also effective in treating constipation and fatigue. Hence, it is effective in relieving headache caused due to these conditions. Frankincense essential oil is also effective in improving digestion.

Dilute frankincense essential oil with carrier oil and apply on your forehead, temples, sides of the neck and at the back of the neck.

Add a few drops of frankincense essential oil to hot water and inhale the steam.

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9) Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil clears mucus and hence is effective in relieving sinus headache. It is also effective in relieving digestive disorders. Lemon essential oil promotes calm and hence is effective in curing headache caused due to stress.  

Dilute lemon essential oil with carrier oil and apply on temples, neck and chest. To be relieved of headache caused due to indigestion, add two drops of lemon essential oil to warm water and drink.

Some may experience allergic reaction in skin while using lemon essential oil. Hence, do a patch test by applying diluted essential oil on your hand. If you don't experience irritation, you can use it to treat your headache.

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Essential oils should be used only after diluting them with carrier oil. It is also highly recommended to check for side effects before using any essential oil. Using essential oils for headache taking into account all necessary precautions will help with cure from headache without side effects. 

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Rama Thamizharasu

Welcome to Yogaaatral. I am a yoga therapist, touch healer, seo consultant, writer and translator. I have authored e-books on subjects including yoga therapy for certain health conditions and natural remedies to treat illnesses for my clients across the world.

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