If you’ve been struggling with persistent headaches lately, you’re probably not alone—during this time of year, there is so much going on that it can be hard to stick to healthy routines and practice self-care. There are plenty of factors that could cause a headache, from hunger to thirst to exhaustion to sinus congestion.
But if you’re dealing with some lingering holiday stress, that could be the root cause of your headaches. And if you can’t seem to get rid of them, no matter how much yoga you do or how often you meditate, you might want to reach for essential oils and give this natural headache relief method a shot.
How can essential oils help with a headache? It’s fairly simple: they help relax you, they can relieve muscle tension, and they can also increase blood flow to the area where they have been applied, which can reduce pain.
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However, not all essential oils are created equal. You’ll want to use pure essential oils for treating headaches, and there are certain scents that you should keep on hand. Peppermint essential oil is a great go-to remedy because it contains menthol, which has a cooling effect and can be very soothing for a headache. Lavender is a fantastic choice if you know that your headache was caused by stress, and it’s also great if you need to beat a headache before it interrupts your sleep. While more research is needed to prove the effectiveness of rosemary oil, it looks promising for reducing inflammation and pain levels. Oregano, thyme, and mountain savory essential oils all contain a compound called carvacrol, which helps block pain signals and is another good choice for headache sufferers.
What’s the best way to use essential oils to beat a headache? Either apply them to your temples with a carrier oil like coconut oil or put a few drops on a tissue and breathe it in. Don’t apply pure essential oils directly to your skin, as this can cause irritation—and you don’t want to deal with that in addition to a headache!
Of course, consult your doctor if your headaches persist and before trying any natural remedies.
Are you a fan of essential oils? What are your favorite scents? Let us know in the comments!