Ah, headaches. How can something be so common, yet so debilitating? Maybe you regularly suffer from headaches. Maybe you’re lucky enough to only be struck once in a blue moon. Either way, we could all benefit from some relief. If you’re looking for a natural alternative to aspirin, or you want to supplement your current treatment plan, essential oils are a great option. Check out the most common essential oils recommended for relieving head pain.

Peppermint Oil

Recommended for cluster headaches and migraines

Peppermint is one of the most popular oils for treating headaches. Peppermint contains menthol, which studies suggest could dramatically decrease migraine pain. It’s cooling effects may also help with the nasty symptoms that come with migraines, including nausea.

Lavender Oil

Recommended for tension headaches

A gentle oil, lavender is naturally soothing. Its proven sedative effects can help counteract whatever stress has got your noggin’ throbbin’. A 2012 study also suggested that lavender may help lessen the severity of migraines.

Eucalyptus Oil

Recommended for sinus and allergy headaches

This energizing oil is highly effective for clearing nasal passages, making it excellent for easing any congestion or sinus blockages that can lead to a stuffy head. If you suffer from allergies regularly, you can even keep it on hand and use it before a headache strikes.

How to Use Essential Oils for Headaches

Temple Massage

Combine a few drops of essential oil with a cup of carrier oil like jojoba or almond oil. Once mixed, dab just a few drops on your hand and work it into your temples using slow, circular motions. You might also want to massage it into your neck and shoulders.

Diffuser

Find a cool, dark room to lie down. Use an essential oil diffuser or mister to fill the room’s with the oil’s scent. As you lie down, take in some nice deep breaths in and out.

Scented Compress

Mix one or two drops of oil with one cup of warm water. Soak a washcloth in the mixture, squeeze out excess water, and then lie with cloth gently folded over your forehead. Breathe in deeply, absorbing the oil’s scent. Take care not to let any of the liquid get in your eyes.

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