Let’s not beat around the bush. Headaches (migraine, tension, sinus, etc.) have the potential to ruin our day. Well, let’s be real, migraines can destroy one. Thankfully, for those looking to utilize a homeopathic approach to prevent and provide relief from these bad boys, today is a good day!
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), up to two thirds of all adults experience headaches and/or migraines at least once a year. Obviously, because you’re reading this, you probably have a much higher occurrence and are looking for additional and alternative treatments for them. There are a plethora of homeopathic methods at your disposal to aid in the prevention and treatment of these nasty beasts. Along with drinking plenty of water, exercise, eating healthy food, using warm/cold compresses, acupuncture, getting sufficient rest and ingesting proper vitamins, the use of Organic Essential Oils can be a natural, effective tool for preventing and treating all types of headaches. So, let’s share some essential oils that can help you and how they work!
Probably the least understood of all holistic approaches, high-quality, organic essential oils can be a tremendously effective remedy for all kinds of headaches, including migraines. We are going to explore five different essential oils and how they can be used to proactively prevent headaches, as well as provide relief after onset. Just as nature provides nutritious plants for food consumption, it likewise provides plants which produce oils with unique properties that enhance & support our health. Because these extracted oils penetrate the skin easily when applied topically, they have therapeutic benefits which affect the area applied, as well as the body overall once absorbed into the bloodstream. And used aroma therapeutically, inhaling these fragrant healers works wonders as well.
Due to their highly concentrated form, essential oils may seem pricey for such a small amount. However, considering there are about 250-300 drops in a 15ml bottle, and you only need a drop or two to experience the benefits, they are actually like liquid gold!
ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL OF PEPPERMINT
Used for thousands of years by natural healers and alternative medicine practices for various health purposes, Peppermint Essential Oil (Metha x piperita - also known as Mentha balsamea Wild) is one of the most utilized oils for headaches. The object of pharmaceutical pain killers is to open up restricted blood vessels in the brain, thus relieving the pressure. Well, peppermint tea has been shown to do the same thing. But you would have to drink 28 cups of tea to deliver the same results as one drop of its essential oil! Peppermint oil also eases the nausea and upset tummy that often accompany migraines, and similar to a cold compress, has a pleasing cooling effect on your skin which inhibits muscle contractions in neck and head. The compound menthol is responsible for this, which makes up over 40% of this oil, and has been shown to relax muscles, ease pain, and affect mucus receptors in the nose. Peppermint remedies can re-open the sinuses, which helps you breathe more clearly. This leads to increased oxygenation to the bloodstream. This last benefit aids greatly with sinus headaches as it helps clear the sinus cavity. Lab studies have also shown that peppermint oil may fight bacteria and reduce inflammation. These are just a sample of reasons that make Peppermint Essential Oil a wonderful choice for headache relief.
ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL OF ROSEMARY
The properties found in Rosemary Essential Oil (Salvia rosmarinus) have been traditionally used to treat headaches, improve circulation, reduce inflammation and provide pain relief for decades.
Its analgesic properties alone have been used in Folk and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Rosemary oil has also been shown to lower cortisol, which when elevated, can cause headaches. By reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, all of which can trigger a headache, this oil is a fantastic choice for preventative use. Replete with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, this oil also contains two potent anti-inflammatory agents, caffeic and rosmarinic acids, which contribute to it being so widely used.
ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL OF LAVENDER
According to a 2013 study, we can experience a significant reduction in pain by inhaling Organic Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Oil for 15 minutes while we also physiologically relax our head and neck muscles during this time of deep breathing, Even for those who have chronic migraines, adding the usage of Essential Oils to your Care Plan can only be a slam dunk. Keep in mind that some people have different reactions to scents, so always make sure that you enjoy and are not allergic to any oils before you implement this holistic botanical approach to healing. This oil is especially effective for acute pain relief, so trying it alternatively or supplementarily, may put a whole new member on your team of pain care management. The US National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health have both documented positive study results for utilizing the inhalation of Lavender Essential Oil as a means of relieving headache pain. As well, European Neurology has published that their study “suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches”. On top of all of these benefits, Lavender Oil is also famous for producing a sense of calm, reducing stress and muscular tension, all of which aid in the prevention and treatment of any headache. This one Essential Oil is a true ROCK STAR in the many facets of natural healing. This gentle warrior is super multipurpose. We could get into its ability to help with allergies and wound healing… I mean, it has been accoladedly reported to have anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and sedative effects. So keep this one around for more than your headache!
ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL OF BASIL
Basil is the BEST! We love Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum basilicum) because it is a natural muscle relaxant and has been used for centuries for its analgesic (pain relieving) properties as well as its ability to promote muscular relaxation, which aids tremendously for tension and stress headaches. It is one of the most used home remedies world-wide simply because it works. Not only can you consume basil for its benefits, but it is amazing when used topically and aromatherapeutically. In fact, studies have shown that Basil Essential Oil used topically on a regular basis reduces both the frequency and intensity of migraines! This oil can have the ability to deliver oxygen to the brain by improving blood circulation, so it works wonders for migraines, but also for even self-induced headaches (ie: hangovers, withdrawals of caffeine, sugar etc.). Yep. Some inhales and drops of the oil on your temples and the back of your neck can be your BFF after Cinco de Mayo… :) And it has the earthiest, sweetest fragrance. An absolute MUST!
ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OIL OF CHAMOMILE
As with all essential oils used for supporting mental, spiritual and physical health, you must trust your instincts on them. If you are drawn to one’s aroma but displeased with another, obviously choose the oil that resonates with you. A popular choice for headache/migraine relief is the calming. Essential Oil of Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla). It’s got some solid research behind it. As it’s sister oil Lavender, Chamomile has a calming/sedative like effect, which can be used to ward off a headache before it begins. Yet it also boosts the ability to provide pain relief and soothe nausea. Used in holistic medicine for centuries, chamomile oil to treat anxiety, depression, and high stress; all of which can be precursors to a headache. Anxiety leads to elevated heart rate and respiration, among countless other things, and Chamomile Oil can be used as soon as you get a nudge that things are rising above your tolerance level. Take some full, deep, intentional breaths, that helps. If you have some of these amazing organic oils at your disposal, you can apply topically. Such as placing one drop beneath your nostrils, your temples, nape of neck, crown of head - and breathe deeply for a mild trigger. You may also try inhaling directly from the bottle, or putting several drops on a warm, wet cloth, gently covering your nose and mouth and taking long, full, and slow inhales with your eyes closed for a more potent dosage.
So as you have learned, there are many natural and holistic, non-toxic botanicals which produce organic oils which are created to work with our body systems and promote healing and pain relief, naturally.
At Ravenscroft Escentials, we've spent years formulating the perfect blend of Organic, meticulously sourced, therapeutic-grade oils to prevent and treat your Sinus, Headache & Migraine issues: our Sinus / Headache / Migraine Drops! Our blend contains all of the above exquisite oils at the perfect healing ratios, with a sublimely relaxing scent and at a price that won’t trigger your head to throb!
“I gave a bottle of Sinus / Headache / Migraine Drops to my daughter, who has suffered for years from debilitating migraine headaches. She tried the drops and while they did not stop the migraine entirely she noted they brought noticeable relief and shortened the length of time the migraine lasted from its usual duration. She was delighted to find an effective remedy that was all natural and non-narcotic.”
- Stephanie M.
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