Headaches are the WORST, am I right?
There are some physical discomforts we can disregard for a little while, like a sore knee or a dull ache in the lower back. We feel discomfort but push through it and get through our day. But head pain is different. Head pain is simply too “front and center” to ignore. When you have a headache 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 OTC (over-the-counter) headache medications can have negative side effects like liver toxicity, nausea, and ringing in the ears. Essential oils can be a safe and effective alternative to OTC drugs, without the side effects of pharmaceutical products. Please follow these essential oil safety guidelines.
Spike Lavender and Peppermint are my go-to essential oils for addressing headache pain, especially if the sinuses are involved.
Spike Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula latifolia)
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 for daytime 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. I like to use green because it seems to make it more cooling 🙂 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 Fractionated Coconut Oil or Jojoba Wax.
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
- 1 nasal inhaler
- 8 drops Peppermint
- 7 drops Lavender
Which method appeals to you more, the roller or the inhaler??