Headaches can strike when you least expect them. If you are a sufferer of chronic migraines, you probably already know that medically, there isn’t much you can do to stop a headache and there is even less you can do to prevent it. Fortunately, our modern world is beginning to learn more about ancient Eastern techniques that often not only treat symptoms but successfully treat the root causes as well. Here are the top five essential oils that have been credited with healing chronic migraines.
1. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil should be a staple in any medicine cabinet, as it is a diverse oil with many uses. Migraines can be caused by tension and restricted blood flow. Peppermint essential oil has both vasodilating and vasoconstricting properties which increase the blood flow in your body and relieves tension. You can try boiling water on your stove and adding three to four drops of peppermint oil in it to release the scent into the air. You can even dilute peppermint oil with a carrier oil and apply it directly to your neck to help get your blood flowing.
2. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is a soothing oil with a fresh scent. It is safe for most users and has been credited with relieving tension headaches when applied directly to the site of the pain. Lavender essential oil can be less irritating than peppermint essential oil and can be safely used on young children that suffer from migraines.
3. Basil Essential Oil
Basil is a good remedy for intense migraine headaches. This herb works like a muscle relaxer that has antiviral, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties; it even has antiemetic properties, which can help with nausea and vomiting that migraines can induce. Basil oil for headache relief is best used as a warm compress. Heat 2 or 3 cups of water, add one or two drops of basil essential oil and saturate a small towel in the mixture when the water is comfortably warm. Apply the towel directly to your neck and head. If your compress gets too cool, add water and heat in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds before reapplying.
4. Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary essential oil has analgesic properties which can work to successfully numb the pain associated with a particularly difficult migraine. Rosemary can increase mental clarity and reduce fatigue, so this essential oil shouldn’t used within an hour or two of bedtime. The easiest way to use rosemary oil is by adding three or four drops of the oil to your bath water and soak in it for 20 to 30 minutes to help with migraine relief.
5. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang ylang essential oil contains antidepressant, nervine and sedative properties. It can successfully help you relieve an intense migraine that is caused by both mental and physical tension. To use ylang ylang essential oil, dilute a single drop of the essential oil with a small amount of carrier oil and massage directly onto your temples at the beginning of a headache.
It is also important to ensure that the oils you use to relieve headaches do not bother you or irritate your skin. When applying any essential oil directly to your skin, it is a good idea to dilute first before applying a small patch to your skin to watch for any kind of allergic reaction.
When you learn what essential oils best provide you with migraine relief, you can begin using the oils daily as a preventative to help stave off future migraines.