Essential Oils for Headaches and Neck Tension
Headaches can be incredibly debilitating. When your head is hurting, throbbing, or pounding, all you want is relief. It is impossible to focus, let alone accomplish anything in that condition. Whether it was triggered from tension, sinuses, or stress, you need to do whatever you can do to get better and get your day back on track.
Preventing headaches from happening, would be ideal. Drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and keeping stress levels under control, can all help keep dreaded head pain away. But if they still tend to sneak up, Essential Oils can be a great natural solution to this problem. Plus, they can even alleviate pain quicker than most over the counter medicine. Finding the right oils that help reduce stress, soothe pain, and increase circulation is important to encourage the head discomfort to go away.
Many studies have been done to prove that Peppermint Essential Oil is an effective alternative therapy for alleviating headaches. The instant cooling feeling that comes from this fresh oil helps soothe pain on the spot. In addition, Peppermint has shown to smooth muscle contraction which eases pain because the muscle is not tightening. This incredible oil will also help stimulate blood flow which really helps ease tension in the temples and base of the head. When applied topically, Peppermint oil works very quickly. One study showed it lessened the severity of the head pain in less than 15 minutes!
This wonderful herbal oil is well known for its pain relieving abilities. Used for hundreds of years in folk medicine, Rosemary Essential Oil has been relied upon for calming inflammation, increased alertness, and easing discomfort. Rosemary is also very stimulating and great for circulation. When you have a headache, it can actually encourage blood vessels to open and aid in moving it along.
The key to utilizing Lavender oil when you have a headache is to help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, thus calming tension headaches. Lavender has proven to relax the central nervous system and increase serotonin levels to help improve your mood. This is also an incredible choice for those that suffer from migraines. It is known that one of the common triggers for migraines is disrupted sleep patterns. Lavender oil is an excellent aid for improving sleep quality. This could be very beneficial in maintaining healthy sleep patterns which may keep migraine sufferers free from attacks. Lastly, in one reassuring study, it was found that inhaling Lavender Essential Oil for 15 minutes could reduce migraine pain in early stages. Additionally, topical application of Lavender oil has shown in studies to reduce pain as well.
If you suffer from headaches caused by sinus issues, then Eucalyptus is the oil for you. This amazingly fresh oil can encourage airways to open up and relieve pressure, so it can naturally help to ease head pain. In addition, one study showed how just inhaling Eucalyptus Essential Oil, reduced pain and promoted emotional stability. The strong anti-inflammatory effects of Eucalyptus are perfect for alleviating pain in general, but when it comes to headaches, it can really be a pain stopper. A useful study proved that using Eucalyptus together with Peppermint oil applied topically to the forehead and temples reduced sensitivity during headaches.
“Headache Relief” is on its way, with this expertly-crafted ready to use blend from REVIVE. Offered as a roll on for immediate topical use or an undiluted oil, this synergy is the perfect mix of all of the best headache fighting oils. Combining all of the Essential Oils discussed in this article with Hyssop oil (for added pain relief), it is a superior head pain killer. This blend can help soothe head and neck tension as well as provide respiratory support. When using the pure Essential Oil blend, you could easily add 4-5 drops to your Oasis Diffuser when you begin to feel the headache to help aromatically combat the pain. Alternatively, you could use the Headache Relief Roller and apply topically. It will instantly provide that cooling relief and then go straight to the pain to start fighting it right away.
In a pinch and don’t own Headache Relief yet? Try this DIY blend with oils that you most likely have in your Essential Oil arsenal.
DIY Headache Helper
1 teaspoon Carrier Oil (like Grapeseed Oil)
1 Drop Peppermint Essential Oil
1 Drop Rosemary Essential Oil
1 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Massage blend onto temples/forehead when headache strikes.