How to Use Essential Oils for Migraines and Headaches
When you have a headache, you might want to try treatments other than drugs to ease your pain. Some people use essential oils -- concentrated liquids made from flowers, roots, leaves, and other parts of plants.
Mint has been used to treat various health issues for thousands of years. A few studies have found that it might ease pain from tension headaches if you put it on your temples and forehead.
Because it’s concentrated, use only a few drops. When put on your skin, it could cause rashes or other irritation. Don't put it on the skin or face of babies or young children because the menthol in peppermint could cause burning.
One of the most popular essential oils in aromatherapy, lavender has been used for anxiety, pain, and to help people sleep.
There’s been a lot of research that looks at lavender's health benefits. But most of the studies have been very limited. One such study found that breathing in lavender essential oil might be a safe way to ease migraine symptoms.
Because anxiety and stress may trigger migraines and other headaches, easing those worries may help ease pain. Although chamomile has often been used to treat migraines, there’s little research to show that it works.
It’s used to clear a stuffy nose, and it’s been paired with medication to help ease things like bronchitis and asthma. Studies have found that applying a mix of eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, and ethanol to your head might help you relax and think more clearly if you have a headache.
Don't put eucalyptus oil right on your skin. You could have an allergic reaction. Make sure it’s diluted first.
Sage, a popular spice, is also widely used to relieve tension, stress, muscle cramps, and menstrual changes.
Some people may turn to sage for relief of the headaches that come along with these conditions. But there’s little research on the subject.