Headaches can be a real pain. If you suffer from frequent headaches, you might be wondering if there's a more natural solution than over-the-counter medication. That's where essential oils come in! Ranked as one of the top holistic solutions for combating pain, essential oils for headaches will grant some much-needed relief.
1. Lavender Essential Oil
An especially-soothing scent, lavender essential oils are widely used to encourage restful sleep, and promote relaxation. But research shows that lavender also has a strong healing effect, particularly for headache and migraine relief. Relaxation is now as simple as spraying our calming Lavender Spa Mist Spray for a luxurious at home spa experience or use it as a room spray or pillow spray to promote relaxation!
2. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil for headaches is another option that's quite effective. Peppermint has been used as a healing substance for thousands of years, largely due to its menthol properties that have been proven to ease migraines and keep nausea at bay.
3. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Another favorite essential oil is eucalyptus, which contains the healing effects of menthol, like its peppermint counterpart. Eucalyptus has been traditionally used for reducing inflammation and sinus pressure, both of which could contribute to or worsen headaches.
Bright, citrusy lemon essential oils are an effective remedy for congestion and stuffy noses. Naturally-occurring lemon properties support the respiratory and lymphatic systems by thinning mucus and breaking up congestion. Dab a few drops on your chest, temples, or pulse points. For increased potency, slip into a hot shower and benefit from the sparkling scent of lemon coupled with the healing effects of steam.
5. Camphor Essential Oil
Camphor essential oil is commonly used as a cough suppressant, and to break up congestion. This healing ingredient is commonly found in commercial vapor rubs to target cold & flu symptoms. A 2010 study showed that those who suffered from nocturnal cough from colds responded extremely well to camphor, and experienced an improvement in their conditions.
Inhaling the therapeutic scent of camphor may be just what you need to counteract sinus pressure and a tight chest, so you can breathe easy again!
The next time you have a headache, consider diffusing some soothing essential oils instead of reaching for the Motrin. Be sure to check out our Self-Care Aromatherapy Spray Set, which includes eucalyptus, lavender, and citrus-scented steamers for every mood. Aromatherapy could be just the holistic solution you're looking for to combat your headaches long term!
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