Headaches are one of the most common of medical complaints. Most people experience headache pain at one time or another. Everyone, young and old, male and female, suffers from headaches from time to time. These may range from minor, nagging headaches to full-blown, incapacitating neurovascular migraines.
Most headaches are not caused by serious medical conditions. The most common classifications of headache pain are tension, cluster, and migraine. Another disturbingly common type of headache is the rebound headache, which appears to be the result of taking prescription or non-prescription pain relievers daily or almost daily. The good news is that there are a growing number of natural alternatives to treat headache pain. Aromatherapy is one of the choices a growing number of people are turning to for effective relief of primary headache pain.
The powerful effects of your favorite essential oil seeps deep in to the nervous constitution to reduce the pain emanating from different lobes of brain. Head aches are known to originate out of many internal and external influences; deep strain inflicted in your mental constitution is known to be a major cause. Several aromatic oils have the capacity to prevent and/or reduce the throbbing pain caused by emotional stress and rigors.
The following aromatherapy recipes can also be used as a preventative measure, and can even help ease your pain. Once you’ve guessed what is triggering your migraines, prepare the appropriate recipe mixture by pouring the oil essences into a 10-ml bottle, and adding vegetable oil to fill. Make sure that you are mixing this concoction very well.
If the pain persists even after trying the suggested remedies above, you are suggested to visit your physician for further consultations.
Aromatherapy Blend #1 – Head aches due to negative emotions
3 drops Roman Chamomile
8 drops Lavender
Aromatherapy blend #2 – Head aches due to muscular tensions
4 drops Lavender
5 drops Peppermint
Massage the forehead, temples, neck and shoulders.
Aromatherapy blend #3 – Head aches due to nervous tensions
3 drops Roman Chamomile
3 drops Neroli
5 drops Marjoram
Massage the forehead, temples and solar plexus very gently. Breathe it in deeply and slowly. Pour 15 drops of this aromatic blend into the bathtub and soak for at least 15 minutes.
Useful Oils for Head Ache
Lavender and Sweet Marjoram will both help to relieve the intensity of pain, while Roman Chamomile is generally soothing and very relaxing. For sinus congestion related head aches, add Eucalyptus and/or Peppermint for their decongestant properties. Sweet Marjoram is particularly useful for headaches association with menstruation, while True Melissa or Rosemary can help to relieve a migraine.
Inhalation: This method can bring relief to headaches and migraines if used as soon as symptoms begin to appear. Add 2 drops each of Sweet Marjoram, Lavender, and Peppermint onto to a tissue; for a migraine, add 1 drop of True Melissa. Inhale deeply three times. Symptoms should subside with in minutes.
Application: To relieve a tension headache, moisten your forefinger with 2 drops of Lavender and rub gently over your temples, behind your ears, and across the back of your neck. Apply two times, if necessary.
Massage: Dilute 3 drops each of Lavender and Eucalyptus in ½ fl oz (15ml/2½ tsp) of carrier oil and use the mix to massage your forehead and behind your ears, pausing to apply gentle pressure around the hollows on the outer corners of the eye bone.
Bath: Add 3 drops each of Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, and Lavender to a bath to help relive tension headaches.
Aromatherapy oils bring a refreshing change in treating head ache and migraine related pains; the biggest advantages of using these oils lie in its magical properties of healing power.