There are different types of headaches, and each of them has its own remedy and way of healing. Here is a list of a few essential oils that can be helpful, depending on the type of headache. There are also numerous ways that they can be used: in a diffuser, inhalation, or skin application.
Peppermint oil and Rosemary oil are the best for the case of general headaches. A drop of Peppermint oil dabbed over the aching spot should be enough to ease the pain. Other essential oils that can be helpful are Basil, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Patchouli, Frankincense, and Marjoram.
This headache appears if you’ve eaten something bad, or something that doesn’t soothe you. Peppermint is great with this too, as well as Rosemary and Lavender. You may choose to inhale the oil directly from the bottle or from a diffuser.
Factors such as stress, sleep deprivation, and dehydration usually cause migraines. It is usually followed with nausea and high sensitivity. To cure this headache use Peppermint oil in combination with Basil, and add some Wintergreen with Ylang Ylang.
Tension headaches appear due to stress. The feeling of dull pain on the left and right side of the scull is a recognizable side effect of this type of headache. Applying Peppermint oil on the skin, or inhaling it should be enough to make it go away. If the oil by itself is too strong, dilute it with Basil, or Rosemary.
For preventative purposes, if you feel like you’re stressed and you might get a headache, you can mix four different oils together to make a solution for preventative purposes. Take 4 drops of Sweet Marjoram, 4 drops of Linaloe Wood, and 2 drops of Neroli, and add 4 tea spoons of carrier oil. Mix it well and massage into skin.
For preventing a headache caused by menstrual pain take 4 drops of Sweet Marjoram, 2 drops of Valerian, and 4 drops of Lavender, add 4 tea spoons of carrier oil and massage into skin.
Applying the Blends
The best way to use pure essential oils for headaches is to apply them regionally, on a restricted area. They are also best in combination with base oils, like sweet almond. Make a mix and massage it on a localized area of the skin where the pain is for maximum effect.
Using a few drops of Peppermint oil distributed across the head is the best remedy for headache. Another possibility is massaging a diluted solution into the skin and covering more skin with it.
Approximately 1% of essential oil should be enough for every day massaging. For heavier headaches use at most 5% of oil, but not more. That means 1 drop of essential oil should be dropped into 1 tea spoon of base oil, and 5% would be five drops into 1 tea spoon.
If you’d prefer, you can also use these oils in another way. You might inhale them directly from the bottle, or use a diffuser for a more subtle application. Also, you may damp a cotton ball and place it nearby. However, these techniques are not as effective as direct application.