Best Essential Oils For Headache (Migraines And Sinus)

Essential Oils For HeadacheAre you looking for a natural solution for frequent headaches, migraines or a headache from sinus? Then essential oils work exceptionally well for headaches and migraines.

There are millions of people across the world who suffers from the nagging headaches for myriad reasons.

The common causes of headaches are constipation, allergies, fatigue, stress, infectious diseases, hormones, poor posture, nutritional deficiencies, low blood sugar, alcohol consumption, insomnia and much more. Most often it is the combination two or more causes that give you severe headaches (1,2).

It is NOT healthy and safe to gulp down painkillers every time when you have a migraine or sinus pain. Taking painkiller regularly can damage your liver and kidney. Painkillers offer only a temporary solution to the problem but never address the root cause (3,4).

You might have already tried several treatments of a migraine or headaches without getting satisfactory results. And if you are still struggling from recurring head-pains, then it is time you try some of the essential oil blends.

Essential oils, especially when different oils blended together, offer a perfect headache treatment without the side effects of the OTC pills. Those oils are effective for treating different types of headaches with the possibility of a permanent cure.

Essential oils can be successfully used to cure even the chronic migraine and sinus that might have been torturing you for years. But if your recurring headache is a symptom of other severe diseases affecting you then the essential oils (EO) treatment can give you only temporary relief.

Most of them time your headache is caused by stress or other tension-related issues. Fortunately, many of the EOs also have a calming effect on your mind and improve blood circulation to your brain.

In this article, we are going to look at some of the best essential oil remedies for headaches, migraine, and sinus. We shall also discuss the right methods of treatment to get best results out of these oil treatments.

What Makes Essential Oils For Headache Work?

EOs are both safer and effective alternative to the prescription medicines and painkillers used for headaches. The soothing effects of the EOs reduce stress, improve blood circulation and gives relief from pain. Importantly, these oils have several other benefits that help in improving the immune system and overall health of the individual (5,6).

Primary reason for recurring headaches in most people is severe stress and anxiety. Studies have proved the possibility of getting rid of stress by using Aromatherapy with peppermint and lavender oil. The mild sedative effect produced by the lavender can induce sound sleep and get rid of migraines or headaches caused by insomnia (7,8).

EOs are very efficient in alleviating the physical and mental stress that causes headaches.

EOs can minimize or eliminate the causes of common headaches like allergies, food poison, sensory stimuli, high blood pressure, sinus irritation, cold, and flu (9,10).

Essential oil therapy is suitable for a woman who often suffers from headaches triggered by fluctuation in estrogen hormones. There are specific EO treatments that can relieve pain from both menstrual cramps and headaches (11).

Lavender and Rosemary oils are traditionally used for getting rid of migraine experienced by women during pregnancy and menopause caused by hormonal imbalances. These oils are exceptionally useful for treating PMS symptoms including headaches, migraine, and nausea.

People in the ancient period mainly depended on essential oils to cure many of the common diseases like sinus and migraine.Benefits Of Essential Oils

4 Best Essential Oil For Migraines and Sinus

Almost all of the essential oils have some medicinal benefits or other. There are a few essential oils which are famous for easing the pain, stress, and irritation.

Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus and Rosemary oils are proved to be the most effective essential oils for migraine, headaches and sinus. There are other oils such as Melissa, Chamomile, Marjoram, and Basil, which have great potential to get away with nagging problems and popularly used as well. However, essential oil blends are proved to be the total solution getting rid of migraine and headache by treating their root causes.

Now let us briefly analyze 4 of the best essential oils for sinus, migraine and common headaches.

1. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil is, perhaps, the most versatile oil that has several precious medicinal properties for treating many common diseases.

In various natural treatments, this oil is often used as a potential antidepressant, sedative, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant and anti-anxiety agent. It is these qualities that make this oil excellent for curing headache caused by stress, tension, and anxiety (12, 13).

Another great benefit of lavender oil is its power to regulate serotonin levels which is necessary for alleviating the migraine pain. This oil can calm the migraine pain by relieving the feelings of sleeplessness and restlessness.

Researchers have ascertained that when lavender oil used in topical or aromatic treatments, human body absorbs the linalool and linalyl acetate chemicals. These chemical properties in helping in the healthy functioning of the limbic system which otherwise would cause depression in the ventral nerve system. It is good for curing headaches resulting from mental depression and anxiety.

According to one of the studies published in the European Neurology Journal, lavender oil is efficient in relieving migraine headaches. This study had 47 participants for the placebo-controlled clinical trial of lavender oil. These migraine patients were made to inhale the lavender oil for 15 minutes during every migraine attack. The differences severity of headache and associated symptoms were recorded in 30-minutes interval of two hours (14).

The result of the study was amazing as most of the patients who inhaled lavender oil reported a considerable amount of decrease in migraine pain and other associated symptoms.

Directions For Use: Take a few drops of lavender oil and gently massage the oil on temples, wrists and on the back of your neck. Another treatment method is to add 10 to 15 drops of lavender oil to a warm-water bath and soak yourself in the water for 15 minutes. Repeat the treatments whenever you have migraine pain or headache.

2. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus oil is a well-known natural remedy for several common ailments. According to Medline Plus, eucalyptus oil in diluted form is taken orally for pain inflammation of respiratory tract mucous membranes, respiratory infections, bronchitis, sinus pain, and headaches (15).

Eucalyptus oil is used as an expectorant for expelling toxins from the body, especially the harmful microorganisms.

It works well for a sinus headache by opening up the nasal airways and getting rid of sinus pressure. Inhaling this oil can improve emotional balance and elevate moods; reduce pain and make the person feel totally relaxed.

According to one of the study report published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, inhaling eucalyptus oil helps to reduce pain. The study group consisted of 52 patients who had knee replacement surgery. When these patients inhaled the eucalyptus oil few times a day, they achieved emotional stability, reduced edema formation, inflammation and pain (16).

Some other research on Eucalyptus oil also showed the anti-inflammatory effects of this oil in treating respiratory conditions which include sore throat, headache and cough. The patients who used Eucalyptus oil also experienced a significant reduction in breathing difficulty and running nose. This oil contains antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral properties that are capable of reducing sinus pressure caused by nasal inflammation (17).

Directions For Use: Topical application and inhaling of eucalyptus oil work best for getting rid of headaches. Take 5 drops of eucalyptus oil and dilute it in one ounce of carrier oil. Apply this oil mixture on chest, back of the neck and temples. Also, inhale the oil to achieve relief from sinus pressure that causes headaches or migraine attack.

3. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil is a traditional medicine used for treating some of the common diseases from the ancient time. It is best known for its effectiveness in removing digestive disorders.

The potent organic compounds in this oil help in treating health issues like headache, migraine, respiratory problems, nausea, fever, muscle spasms and pain relief

One of the easiest ways to lessen headache is to apply peppermint essential oil topically across the forehead and temples.

In one of the 1996 studies, 41 patients were put on peppermint oil placebo-controlled, double-blind crossover study. These patients with headaches made to apply the peppermint oil 15 to 30 minutes after headache began.

The patients who used peppermint oil reported a significant reduction of headache compared to the placebo-controlled group. None of the patients reported any side effects after using this oil (18).

Another study was carried out in 1995 and published in International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology, reported the effectiveness of peppermint oil and ethanol mixture in reducing sensitivity during a headache; also soothes the muscles and brings about mental relaxation (19).

Direction For Use: Dilute two three drops of peppermint oil with 1 teaspoon coconut oil (or other carrier oils) and rub it on forehead, temples and back of the neck.

4. Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary essential oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to treat poor blood circulation and headache. It makes the person feel relaxed and improves mental alertness.

Rosemary oil helps to lessen headaches by reducing stress and anxiety. It enhances digestive disorders and helps to get rid of indigestion which often causes headaches (20).

According to one of the 2013 studies in which Rosemary oil treatment was administered to patients suffering from withdrawal symptoms caused by opium abuse. The patients who had taken rosemary oil for 4 weeks experienced a tremendous reduction in withdrawal symptoms.  The treatment also proved to be effective for reducing tension and muscle jerks, improving healthy sleep patterns and calm pains (21).

Directions For Use: Add 1 or 2 drops of rosemary oil in water, tea or soup and drink it while you have a migraines attack or any other forms of headaches. For topical application, take two drops each rosemary oil and peppermint oil and add them in 1 teaspoon coconut oil; rub this oil mixture on the forehead, temples and back of your neck.

Other Essential Oils For Headaches Management

We have just discussed 4 of the best essential oils for headaches which are very popular natural remedies. There are also other oils that work efficiently to contain the migraine pain and headaches.

Let us now have a brief examination of few of other oils that work for calming down headaches.

  • Rose Oil: It helps in soothing the nerve system and eliminates stress and anxiety that usually causes headaches in most people. Rose oil is also good for calming down emotional upset, depression and insomnia.
  • Melissa Oil: This oil is able to reduce headaches through the organic properties which include qualities such as antidepressant, sedative, nervine, carminative, diaphoretic, febrifuge, hypotensive and sudorific effects.  It relaxes the nerves in the brain that induces headaches. Melissa oil is also useful for lessening the symptoms of cold and flu.
  • Chamomile Oil: It helps to soothe and relax the body. Chamomile oil calms the nerves, muscles, and mind. The effectiveness of this oil in calming down mental irritability and tension is beneficial for reducing migraines and headaches.
  • Marjoram Oil: The oil is known for its ability to improve the brain functions by strengthening the nerve system. Topical application and internal consumption of the oil relieves anxiety and stress that eventually helps in reducing headache.
  • Essential Oil Blends: Essential oils remedies for headaches are most effective and powerful when few of the oils are blended together. A combination of various medicinal properties in different essential oils can produce total relief from headaches and migraine. You can prepare essential oil blends by mixing a combination of essential oils like Chamomile, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Frankincense, Marjoram, and Wintergreen.

How To Use Essential Oils Effectively For Migraine Relief?

How To Use Essential OilsTo achieve the best result out of essential oils therapy for headache, you should use the treatment correctly and with consistency. Here are a few useful tips for getting rid of headaches:

Topical Application

Always use essential oils in diluted form; use carrier oils like coconut oil or olive oil for diluting. Massaging the oil mixture on the forehead, temples, and back of your neck works best for headaches. Essential oils should not come in direct contact the eyes. Apply the desired oil mixture for three times a day and continue till your headache is gone.

Inhalation

Inhaling essential oil is an excellent method for relieving headaches, migraine and sinus. Add a few drops essential oil in 2 cups of boiling water in a bowl; then drape your head with a towel and breathe in the steam. Another method of inhaling is to apply 2 drops of EO in your palms; use the palms to cover up your nose and inhale the scent of the oil a few times. You can also wet a cotton ball with few drops essential oil and inhale the scent of the oil from a cotton ball.

Inhaling essential oil is an excellent method for relieving headaches, migraine and sinus. Add a few drops essential oil in 2 cups of boiling water in a bowl; then drape your head with a towel and breathe in the steam. Another method of inhaling is to apply 2 drops of EO in your palms; use the palms to cover up your nose and inhale the scent of the oil a few times. You can also wet a cotton ball with few drops essential oil and inhale the scent of the oil from a cotton ball.

Diffuse Oil

In your closed-up bedroom use a diffuser to diffuse the essential oil throughout the night to get relief from migraines.

Aroma Therapeutic Bath

Fill your bathtub with warm water and add to it 5 drops of essential oil and then soak yourself in the water for 15 minutes. Or else, you can add a few drops of essential oil in a bucket of warm water, and use this water to wash your body.

Cold Compress

Take a mug of icy water and add to it 5 drops of your choicest essential oil. Do a compress on your forehead, temples and back of the neck by using a clean cotton cloth soaked in the EO diluted cold water.

Specific Essential Oil Treatment For Migraine, Headache, And Sinus

Let us now discuss a few of the best essential oils and types of treatment that is right for each type of headaches.

Sinus

It is usually caused by the membranes in the sinus cavity when becomes inflamed and swollen. The best essential oil for sinus is eucalyptus oil. Apply the diluted eucalyptus oil on the chest, forehead, top of the nose, and temples. Eucalyptus is decongestant oil that helps in relieving inflammation and congestion in the nose and sinus.

It is usually caused by the membranes in the sinus cavity when becomes inflamed and swollen. The best essential oil for sinus is eucalyptus oil. Apply the diluted eucalyptus oil on the chest, forehead, top of the nose, and temples. Eucalyptus is decongestant oil that helps in relieving inflammation and congestion in the nose and sinus.

It is usually caused by the membranes in the sinus cavity when becomes inflamed and swollen. The best essential oil for sinus is eucalyptus oil. Apply the diluted eucalyptus oil on the chest, forehead, top of the nose, and temples. Eucalyptus is decongestant oil that helps in relieving inflammation and congestion in the nose and sinus.

Migraine

Migraine is an excruciating headache which has symptoms like nausea, throbbing pain, and high sensitivity to light. Most common cause of migraine is stress, hormonal changes, insomnia, and heightened anxiety. Peppermint and lavender oil are best oils for getting rid of migraines. Massage any of these oils or a mixture of both in diluted form on the forehead, shoulders, temples and back of the neck.

Headaches From Tension And Stress

It is caused by the constant mental pressure and stress. It is a lingering pain in the sides and back of the head. Using peppermint or eucalyptus oil is found to most effective for relieving headache from tension. Massage the forehead and back of the neck with diluted peppermint oil. It is also good to inhale lavender oil or have EO therapeutic bath with lavender oil.

Headaches From Infections

Fever and headache are common symptoms that accompany most types of viral and bacterial infections. Using essential oils like lavender, peppermint and rosemary oil is best for getting temporary relief from headaches caused by infections. You can massage the essential oil externally on the forehead and in the back of the neck and also have the rosemary or peppermint oil taken internally.

Possible Side Effects Of Essential Oils Treatment

Essential oils have numerous health benefits in general and contain effective therapeutic properties in particular.

Pure essential oils contain powerful natural properties in condensed form and they can be harsh on the skin if applied without diluting. The skin on nose and forehead are very delicate and sensitive, thus do not take the risk of applying pure essential oil anywhere on the face.

Some might have a skin allergy to certain essential oils, and in such cases, it is best to perform a quick patch test on a small area of the skin before using it on a wider part of the skin.

If you are going to consume essential oil internally, do not take more than 2 drops at a time. Do not consume the essential oil for more than 4 weeks at a stretch.

Everyone’s body does not accept the scents of different essential oils. For some people, the scents of certain essential oils may be unbearable and that might increase headaches and nausea instead of reducing it. You should do a mild testing of the scent before you go for a full-fledged aromatherapy.

The Bottom Line

I am hopeful that you have found some valuable information in this post for getting rid of headaches with natural oil remedies.

If you have any doubts or personal experience on the EO treatment for headaches, please share your opinion in the comment section below.

To get the best result out of EO remedies, it is important that you obtain the therapeutic grade essential oils which do not contain any added chemical or preservatives.

You should certainly try any of the best essential oils for headaches we have discussed in this article. There is no treatment more beneficial to you if there is a possibility of getting relief from the nagging pains and irritation of migraines or sinus with essential oil treatment.

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