I love essential oils and I’ve been known to use them for everything. Green cleaning? Skincare products? Staying healthy? Check, check and check. But I especially love them for taking care of everyday aches and pains like sore joints, insomnia and bug bites. And don’t even get me started on headaches!
Nowadays, instead of popping a pill when I feel a headache coming on, I reach for some of my fave oils to help relieve tension and ease the pain. Simply combine them in a little roller bottle and apply directly to the forehead. Let the oils sink in for a few minutes and kiss your headaches goodbye.
DIY Essential Oil Headache Roll-On
The magic ingredients in this headache concoction are lavender, peppermint and cajeput oils. While all three are helpful at relieving headaches by themselves, when combined they create a migraine-busting miracle oil that can stop most headaches in their tracks. Here’s how it works:
Lavender has been shown to effectively treat migraine headaches by decreasing the severity of symptoms as well as by preventing onset altogether. Lavender oil is thought to be effective because it dilates blood vessels, regulates serotonin levels, and decreases painful inflammation.
A similar study also shows that peppermint oil is significantly more effective than the placebo at curing tension headaches. When applied to the temples, the menthol in peppermint oil has a significant analgesic effect which in turn decreases pain and inflammation.
Cajeput contains a chemical called cineole, which when applied directly to skin, causes it to get warm and become slightly irritated. This helps “confuse” nerve endings in the skin and mask pain. It’s often used to treat tooth aches and joint pain, but when applied to the temples it can relieve head pain as well.
As a bonus, this essential oil headache roll-on also works for other aches and pains like joint pain, tooth aches and general soreness. Just apply directly to the problem area and massage into skin.
Essential Oil Headache Roll-On
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