Using Essential Oils to Ease Headache Pain

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Words: Danielle Williams

Photo Credit: Christin Hume

Over the years, I’ve had my fair share of experience dealing with various types of headaches. I’ve tried going to the doctors, pain medications, cool washcloths — you name it. After feeling quite frustrated, it dawned on me to give all-natural remedies a try. As I researched different options, essential oils stood out to me; they are known to provide relief, aid circulation, and reduce stress all at the same time.

Headaches typically fall into one of four categories: migraine, tension, sinus, or sugar. And each category can be treated with essential oils to ease the pain. A migraine is often caused by insomnia, stress, anxiety, or hormonal changes, while a tension headache usually comes from stress or strain. A sinus headache occurs when the nasal passages become clogged and cause pressure to build up within your sinuses, and a sugar headache comes from low blood sugar levels.

Below are a few tips for treating each one. Make sure to test out the oil on a small patch of skin before using. For sensitive areas such as the face, dilute the oil first.

● Migraine: Rub lavender or peppermint essential oil on your temples and back of the neck to relieve pain and nausea.

● Tension: Rub eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil on your temples, forehead, and wrists. Or draw a warm bath and add 5–10 drops of lavender essential oil before soaking for 10–20 minutes. Make sure to get out slowly and drink plenty of water.

● Sinus: Rub eucalyptus essential oil on your temples, chest, and nose to help open up nasal airways.

● Sugar: Mix equal drops of lavender essential oil, rosemary essential oil, and coconut oil, and rub on your temples, forehead, and back of the neck.


Essential Oil Benefits

● Peppermint: cooling effect, inhibits muscle contractions, and stimulates blood flow.

● Lavender: relieves tension, treats neurological conditions, and helps regulate sleep.

● Eucalyptus: helps remove toxins, opens nasal airways, and promotes emotional balance.

● Rosemary: improves alertness, stimulates blood flow, and soothes nausea.


Do you have a go-to natural remedy for headaches? Tell us all about it in the comments below.

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4 thoughts on “Using Essential Oils to Ease Headache Pain”

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  3. Can’t believe it is making me do this whole thing over…I just wanted to say how much I love using Lavender essential oil. I have been using it for years since I got Parkinson’s Disease. It really aids in stopping tremors. It is relaxing. calming, and helps me get a good night’s sleep. I hate to be without my Lavender…it makes me smell good too. And yes it is great for headaches!