When I started using essential oils, one of the first things I researched was essential oils for occasional. If they could help me avoid knee surgery, certainly they could at least ease the pain of my Dad's headaches!
We haven't been disappointed!
Recommended Essential Oils to Support Occasional Headaches
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lavender
2 drops frankincense
Apply to temples, forehead and back of neck as often as needed.
Place 1 drop of peppermint on your thumb. Press to the roof of your mouth every 30 minutes.
Roll Headache Relief Blend on the back of the neck and the base of the skull.
Dilute Soothing Blend and rub it on the back of the neck and the base of the skull.
Topical #5 (Dad's suggestion)
Massage the back and neck with diluted peppermint oil and then place a warm moist compress on top of the area for 15 minutes.
Internal Essential Oils to Support Occasional Headaches
2 drops of Frankincense under the tongue.
Other Natural Treatments for Occasional Headaches
- Did you know that cayenne can help with migraine pain? A study in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology found that capsaicin in nasal spray form reduces migraine pain.
- Ever heart of butterbur? Yeah, me neither. If you have migraines, you will want to learn all about it. Studies show that after taking it for three to four months people experienced a reduced frequency of migraine attacks. The plant contains a compound called petasin which is believed to be extremely anti-inflammatory. “I’ve had patients get off their migraine prescriptions after taking butterbur,” says Aaron Michelfelder, professor of family medicine and bioethics at Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine.
- Talk to your doctor about two newly FDA approved gadgets for migraines. Cefaly is a band you wear across your forehead for 20 minutes a day. It uses electrical signals to stimulate nerves in the head. SpringTMS is a device you hold to the back of your head at the onset of pain. It uses magnetic energy to stimulate the nerves.
- Some evidence suggests that biofeedback is effective and managing migraines.
- Consider Osteopathy! Just what is it you ask? According to the Austrialian Osteopathic Association, it can be defined as “a form of manual medicine which recognizes the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopathy focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.” It has been reported as being effective at treating a wide range of conditions, including migraines.
- Consider if gluten is a problem for you. A review paper in The New England Journal of Medicine listed 55 “diseases” that can be caused by eating gluten. Migraines were among them.
Have you used essential oils for migraines? Please share your experience!