5 aromatherapy oils to try
If you're experiencing head pain, you might be wondering what essential oils are good for headaches.
1. LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Lavender’s soothing effects reduce your stress levels which can help slow down your racing thoughts before bed.
It is believed to treat anxiety and insomnia - one of the main reasons why people find it difficult to fall asleep. You can apply lavender essential oil to your skin before you go to bed or add some drops to your bath or diffuser.
2. PEPPERMINT OIL
As well as being a deterrent for pests, mint oil can also help to eradicate a headache. One expert shares the science behind this invigorating oil derived from Mentha piperita.
Peppermint oil is one of our favorite essential oils when we're suffering from headaches and migraines as it contains menthol, which is believed to relax muscles and ease pain.
We would recommend using it diluted with a carrier oil and applying topically to the temples and forehead.
3. CHAMOMILE OIL
Thought these pretty flowers just made a calming cup of pale yellow tea? The flower power of Matricaria chamomilla spans much further than a hot beverage with medicinal properties to help provide mild support for your headache.
Chamomile has a fragrant scent that has many well-being and mood-lifting benefits. It’s a natural antibiotic that also reduces inflammation and soothes nerves and muscles. Using it as an essential oil will relax your mind as well as your body.
4. ROSEMARY OIL
You're probably more accustomed to seasoning your roast lamb dinners with this herb, but have you ever thought that the extracted oil could help with a headache? Rather than (unsuccessfully) attempting to squeeze the oil out of your Salvia Rosmarinus sprigs, invest in some pure rosemary oil instead. By working a little into your hair, you can stop a throbbing headache and clean your scalp at the same time.
Rosemary oil has powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) properties and in folk medicine it has been used for hundreds of years for stress reduction, pain relief, and improved circulation; which can all help headaches.
5. EUCALPYTUS OIL
You don't have to be a Koala in Australia to experience the benefits of Eucalyptus oil. With a honeyed mint-like smell, this essential oil is a pleasant scent that you'll want to inhale even when you aren't having issues with head pain. .
Eucalyptus is known to be a powerful sinus cleanser which is why it's so frequently used in spas. So if your headaches are caused by sinus issues, then we recommend that eucalyptus should be your new best friend.
This powerful oil may help open up the nasal passage, clear the sinuses, and relieve sinus tension that causes headaches. We would recommend applying a few drops of eucalyptus to a carrier oil and applying it to the chest to help clear the sinuses. Alternatively, you can make a steam bath, but adding a few drops to hot water and breathing in the steam-infused vapor.