Headaches are the WORST, am I right?
Some body discomforts can be ignored for a while, like a sore knee or backache, but pain in the head is just too front-and-center to ignore. When you have head pain you need relief, and you need it now.
Essential oils can be used to resolve a number of physical issues that involve pain, including migraines and headaches.
It’s a well known fact that over-the-counter headache medications can have negative side effects like liver toxicity, nausea and ringing in the ears. Essential oils are safe (please follow these safety guidelines) and an effective alternative to over-the-counter medications, without the side effects of pharmaceutical products.
Lavender and peppermint are my go-to essential oils for addressing headache pain.
Lavender Essential Oil
This lovely oil is my first choice for headaches because it is both effective and gentle. In fact, it’s so mild that it’s commonly used on young children and babies. You can read my in-depth post about Lavender here: Fragrant Friday: Lavender.
Using Lavender for Headaches
I don’t suggest this method for many oils, but the quickest and easiest way to use lavender for head pain is to simply add one drop to your fingertips and massage it into the temples. Because using essential oils undiluted can be irritating or even create a reaction called sensitization, a better option is to use lavender in a carrier then rub it on the temples, neck and sinuses. You can also saturate a cotton ball and place it under your pillow if you’ve got a headache at night.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil works well to reduce headaches and pain caused by sinus issues and congestion. This is a great option fordaytime relief because it can give you a nice energy boost and help you feel revitalized. You can read my in-depth post about Peppermint here: Fragrant Friday: Peppermint.
Using Peppermint for Headaches
Because of the high menthol content of Peppermint, I don’t suggest you use this oil undiluted on the skin, especially near the eyes. This oil is amazing when inhaled deeply from a nasal inhaler. Just add 15 drops to the cotton wick of an inhaler and carry it in your pocket, whip it out and take a deep whiff when your head hurts. If you want to massage Peppermint directly onto the temples or the neck, please use a carrier oil such as jojoba.
If you’re ever in any doubt, please check with your doctor prior to incorporating essential oils into your health care regime.
Two Headache Recipes Using Lavender and Peppermint
Lavender Mint Headache Relief Roller
- 1 glass roller
- 2 drops Lavender
- 1 drop Peppermint
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
Headache Relief Nasal Inhaler
- 1 nasal inhaler
- 8 drops Peppermint
- 7 drops Lavender
Which method appeals to you more, the roller or the inhaler??