It is well known that in the treatment of migraine a great place is taken by non-pharmaceutical treatments. Even today, when there are new medications that are very effective to relieve migraine attacks, you often have to look for some additional tool that will reduce the pain, or at least make it more bearable. A good example of such tool is an essential oil.
Essential oil is an aromatic liquid obtained from various plant materials. In addition to a pleasant smell, these substances have a number of medicinal properties, such as boosting the immune defense of the body, beneficial impact on the respiratory system, analgesic activity, etc. Among others, its use helps in headache.
The essential oil should be used depending on the cause of the headache. It can be used through inhalation, baths, rubbing, compresses and massages. A popular method is also the use of aromatherapy through diffusing the area with the help of modern technologies.
Here are essential oils for headache and migraine:
Peppermint is not just a fragrance. Medicinal properties of fresh mint leaves and mint essential oils have been known since ancient times.
It has not grown popular as other essential oils. Everything can be explained by the availability of the plant. At the same time peppermint is able to relieve the migraine tension. Suffering from headache rub a few drops on the wrist or add it into your diffuser. Nevertheless, peppermint may cause allergies, so be careful with the oil. If you are hypersensitive to menthol or peppermint, peppermint cannot be applied.
It has an exquisite delicate fragrance, belongs to the category of the most expensive oils and is used in the production of high-end perfumery products. It includes over 400 different ingredients and has exceptional properties. The neroli helps in case of neuralgia, headaches and dizziness. It normalizes blood pressure. The soothing properties of neroli solve problems in the sexual sphere, so it can be attributed to aphrodisiac oils.
Rosemary has a large amount of flavonoids – apigenin and luteolin creating a special refreshing smell. These substances taken together produce a therapeutic effect of the rosemary. The rosemary provokes relaxation and helps to be free of tension. To get rid of the headache rosemary can be useful, but before then you should talk to a physician.
During the production of clove essential oil, unblown flower buds are dried and then processed by water-steam distillation. This is effective for headache. In medicine, clove is used to treat many diseases. Its main component is eugenol. This component has antiseptic properties. Its herbal product is a part of cough balms, ointments, painkillers, has antiviral and antibacterial activity.
Eucalyptus is obtained from the leaves and shoots by hot steaming. It has a special refreshing smell, slightly yellowish color (or completely colorless). It contains about 40 constituent substances including flavonoids, aldehydes, tannins, etc. The leaves of eucalyptus and its essential oil are used as an analgesic, antiparasitic, antiseptic. It helps concentration and increases the potency
Lavender essential oil has antiseptic, antibacterial and analgesic properties. It relieves tension, reduces muscle spasms. Lavender oil is one of the few that can be used in pure form. In case of migraine, apply a drop of oil on the temples and massage them. If this does not work, you may apply a cold compress with lavender on the forehead or behind the neck.
Marjoram has a general relaxing effect, so it’s very good for headaches associated with muscular or mental stress. The oil has a sedative effect, reduces anxiety and stress. It extends the arteries and capillaries, so that the blood circulation is improved. Because of the strong sedative effect the marjoram oil should not be used for too long, you should alternate it with other oils
Patchouli is an essential oil found in the leaves of a patchouli bush. Its application can be quite varied. Inhaling the fragrance of patchouli lowers the pressure and the frequency of brain waves, heart rate slows reducing the level of stress in general.And this, in turn, has a positive effect on human sexual function, solving the problem of impotence and frigidity, which are products of mental disorders. Patchouli is recognized as an aphrodisiac.
Choosing the essential oils from a headache, it is necessary to take into account the individual characteristics and contraindications. For example, some oil is not suitable for pregnant women, can be harmful for certain cardiovascular diseases.
Each plant has a special effect on the body in its own way, so do not despair if any aromatic oils don’t have the desired action. We must try to combine several types of oil, slowly choosing a suitable option, and headache will be cured easily.
These are the methods using essential oils help to get rid of migraines.
Take care of your health!