This is a very common ailment we are asked about often. So we thought it was about time we talked about it.
Almost all types of headaches can get relief from the use of essential oils.
Headaches can come from many causes and be felt in various areas of the head & neck.
Getting the flu or a cold - raising body temperatures will cause a headache.
Sinus infections and allergies are another common cause.
Tension headaches and migraines are other types of headaches.
And of course there can be a very serious type of sudden onset head pain which may indicate a stroke. If this is suspected. Immediate medical help needs to be sought.
First in order to decide what essential oils may be needed to give relief one must try to figure out what is the cause of the headache.
If it is due to Sinus pressure or infections, pain is felt primarily on the face, around the eyes and nose, even your teeth may hurt.
You will most likely feel some immediate relief by inhaling any of the following oils or a blend of any of them: Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary and Eucalyptus.
Rosemary - 3 drops
Thyme - 1 drop
Peppermint - 1 drop
Place all of these in a Personal inhaler and use as needed. Or blend together and place 1 or 2 drops on a tissue and inhale as needed.
These oils are commonly used to help relieve congestion and also have great analgesic properties. Some people will get relief if they put a warm or cool compress on the face.
You can add a drop or two of essential oils to the basin you use to rinse your compress in and apply to the area of the face affected. Holding there for several minutes.
If your headache is due to a fever, you may need to apply essential oils again to a cool compress and apply to the forehead.
Again any of these oils Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary and Eucalyptus are great to use to help bring down a fever. They may even make you break into a sweat.
You've have a very rough day and you feel your shoulders are up by your ears and your upper back is extremely tense.
Your neck and shoulders are tight as a drum and your head is now pounding. You have the classic tension headache.
All those tight muscles are causing your head to ache. Some tension headaches are felt mainly in the back of the head, but occasionally you will feel the pressure curl up over your head and into the temples. Your eyes can even be affected.
For this type of headache you will want to apply some Peppermint and Rosemary added to a small amount of a carrier oil and massaged into the back of your neck and if you can into your upper back and shoulder areas.
Better yet if you can lie down after you have applied this for just a few moments some of the tension should release and you should feel better shortly.
We like to put a cool compress on our foreheads and sometimes on the back of our neck too, while we lay down.
Do not keep the compress cool, but let it come to your own body temperature slowly while you lay down. If you can fall asleep all the better.
The worse type of headache is the migraine. These can be very debilitating and are known to affect your whole body. Nausea, blurred vision, bright lights hurt, and terrible head pain are common with migraines.
The best way to treat a migraine is before the pain starts. Often people that suffer from migraines can tell when one is on its way. Now is when you want to start to use aromatherapy.
Make a cool compress in which equal portions of Lavender and Peppermint have been placed in the basin. Apply this across your forehead and down onto the temple area.
At the same time place a warm compress where Marjoram has been place in the water basin. Place this on the back of your neck.
The Marjoram and the heat help the blood vessels to increase in size (known as vasodilatation). Since it is thought that migraines are caused from the stricture of blood vessels, opening them up (dilating) appears to help the most.
If you know what triggers your migraines, whether it is food or other chemicals, of course your first action is to avoid these triggers.
Headaches can also be caused from lack of hydration. Headaches around the eyes and sinuses may be nothing more than a "dehydration" headache. For those, Drink a large glass of water - 16 ounces or more.
Drink WATER not another liquid. Smell some peppermint and Rosemary and lay down for a few minutes. If due to dehydration you'll feel relief shortly.
If your headache is due to low blood sugar - you haven't eaten for hours. Of course, get a big drink of water and get yourself a bite to eat. Rub a little Peppermint and Lavender on the back of your neck. Relief will be forthcoming.
If your headache is due to improper alignment of the neck, you may want to seek the skills of a chiropractor.
Many other things may trigger headaches, medications, women's monthly cycle, hormonal imbalances, and many others.
If you can find out the cause, there may be many other essential oils that can be useful for those conditions.
The main essential oils used for headache relief are:
Peppermint, Rosemary, Lavender and Eucalyptus.
Other Essential oils to consider when dealing with headaches include:
Basil, Rose, Eucalyptus radiata (sinus congestion), Juniper (tension), Melissa(rubbed on temples), Grapefruit, Roman Chamomile (tension).
I suffered for years with headaches from a falling injury to my neck and upper back as a teenager. Although my parents took me to see a chiropractor and I had a few 'adjustments'.
I was plagued for years with headaches. Since my parents did not believe in using aspirin for headache or for any pain they (and now we) use the following methods.
Which works very well for headaches from injury, tension, fever, sinusitis and other causes.
Now it works even better with the addition of the use of essential oils.
Sleep on a contour pillow. This type of pillow helps to restore the natural curve to your neck and relieves allot of tension. You have to sleep on your back, so be sure to put a small pillow under your knees so you don't end up with lower back problems.
Drink a large glass of water - 16 ounces - PLAIN WATER!
Prior to lying down soak your feet in hot water for 20 minutes - keep it hot but not so hot as to scald them. Soak just your feet! You can add a couple drops of Peppermint to this basin if you want.
Get 2 washcloths to be used as cool compresses. After you have one of them wet, place it in a zip lock bag. This one will be placed behind your head - on your neck.
The other one wring out and place on your forehead. lie down and cover yourself lightly.
Just lay there and relax. Falling asleep is allowed.
Do not freshen the compresses. Just let them gradually warm up.
Use essential oils as described earlier in this article.
Figuring out the cause of your headache is half the battle. Do not become dependant on pain killers whether they are over the counter or prescribed.
In an article on the ABC program 20/20 a couple years ago, some pain relievers can make you so dependent on them, you have to continue to take them or suffer from pain constantly.
Weaning off pain meds can take several months.
Remember there are many causes of headaches. Some are easy to figure out, while others very difficult.
Food and chemical sensitivities, hormonal changes, life changes and the list goes on. Although essential oils may be all that you need.
You may also need to consult with herbalists (for liver cleansing), a Chiropractor (misalignment of the spine), a massage therapist and your physician (hormonal imbalances and other health issues).
After having suffered from years of headache pain, I can truly say, there is nothing like having a pain free existence!!
Hopefully you will find relief too.
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A little tension can go a long way to making your day miserable. All kinds of things can cause the tension you may be feeling.
Deadlines at work or at home, too much to do, and not enough time.
Children, spouses, bosses and others that put demands on you constantly. Pretty soon you feel your shoulders tighten up and your muscles in your back start to spasm.
You are tense all over.
You need to take Five minutes and relax. Try to relieve the tension.
Inhaling your favorite essential oils throughout the day will help you to realize you can keep working and relax.
Several essential oils can calm your nerves and help you to relax all those tense muscles.
If you can massage a few blended oils into your shoulders or back of neck even on your temples, you hopefully can avoid the tension from becoming a headache.
Another great tension reliever is to take a long soaking bath.
Lavender - 4 drops
Marjoram - 3 drops
Roman Chamomile - 2 drops
Cypress - 2 drops
Fill the tub with the water temperature you feel most comfortable in, usually this is fairly warm. Add the essential oils and swish around before entering the tub.
Add more hot water to keep you comfortable. Play some relaxing music, light a candle or two if you like. Soak for at least 20 minutes.
Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Neroli, Petitgrain and Rose, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang.To the Top of the Page
Ringworm is not caused by a worm, but it is a type of fungal infection.
Ringworm is highly contagious from human to human and even to your pets (you may need to have your pets checked by your veterinary - if they have ringworm do not use essential oils on them as ringworm in pets should not be treated with essential oils - most pets do not have the ability remove essential oils from their body - their livers cannot remove them.
Your pets will need to be treated by the veterinarian).
If you suspect you have ringworm or have been diagnosed with ringworm. Please follow your doctors instructions or ask if you can try alternative treatment instead of the prescribed medications.
The most commonly used essential oil for Fungal infections is Tea Tree. Lavender can also be used or blended with the Tea Tree.
Blend 1 to 2 drops of each of these with about 1 teaspoonful of Jojoba or other carrier oil.
Simply dab a small amount on each spot. You should apply this 2-3 times a day for at least 10 days. If no improvement is seen after that time you should seek medical assistance.
There are other essential oils that can be used these are mixed with a carrier oil or a cream in a 10% dilution.
This is strong but necessary as ringworm can be very hard to get rid of and because it is so contagious you may want to use these other essential oils.
Mixing with a carrier oil or cream allows the essential oils remain for a longer period of time as when oils are applied 'neatly' they will evaporate more readily from the skin.
Tea Tree - 25 drops
Lavender - 15 drops
Geranium - 5 drops
Peppermint - 5 drops
1 ounce Sesame oil
Blend all together and apply 2 times a day to the affected areas. This should be dabbed on the lesions with a cotton swab.
This is not to be used on large areas.
Prepare the following and use 2 times daily on the affected areas.
Thyme - 4 ml
Oregano - 2 ml
Cinnamon - 2 ml
1 ounce Sorbolene Cream or Sweet almond oil
Apply a small amount twice a day for up to 14 days. If no improvement seen discontinue use. Do not use this around the eyes!
If you have ringworm lesions on the eyelids or around the eyes you should seek medical treatment from your doctor.
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Holiday Scenting This is such a wonderful time of the year. Everyone is stuck indoors. Aromatherapy can add to and brighten the atmosphere so easily. The wonderful scents and added benefits of the essential oils make it even better.
Many of the oils we associate with Thanksgiving and Autumn are also great when it comes to fighting airborne germs.
Orange, Cinnamon, Clove bud, Ginger and others just seem to say it's FALL.
The mints, Peppermint and Spearmint are just around the corner in December.
The Evergreen scents of Pine, Spruce and Douglas Fir or Siberian Fir needles. Juniper and Cypress are great too.
You may want to experiment now to find the right combinations for all your holiday entertaining.
Every year we are asked what is the smell of a Christmas Tree?
The most common essential oil is the Douglas Fir or Siberian Fir needles
Others prefer the pine needle or Spruce needle.
We do have a blend, Conifer Blend, which is a combination of Pine, Spruce and Fir Needle essential oils. This is also very common.
But what about those who want the 'spicy scents' such as Celebration and Winter's Warmth are big sellers this time of the year.
What about other scents - Frankincense and Myrrh - how appropriate for this season. The Christ child was brought these as gifts. If you have never smelled these - you are truly missing a lot.
No wonder they were brought as gifts. Not only do they smell wonderful, but they have such wonderful healing properties both physically and emotionally.
Our Meditation blend has both Frankincense and Myrrh along with Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood and Cistus. This blend doesn't necessarily need to be used for meditation, it can be used for a quiet evening with quests too.
Inspiration blend, Refreshing blend and Revitalizing blend are great blends to use while your buzzing around the house getting all that fall cleaning and projects done. So be sure to check those out too.
Anise - 20 drops
Cinnamon - 20 drops
Ginger - 20 drops
Clove bud - 15 drops
Lime - 10 drops
Blend all together in an amber bottles. Then diffuse a few drops in your favorite diffuser.
Lavender - 10 drops
Peppermint - 5 drops
1 tablespoon Sweet almond oil
Blend well and massage on temples, back of neck and shoulder areas.
For your diffuser Blend the following and add you to favorite diffuser to give some tension relief. Others in the home will benefit too.
Lavender - 15 drops
Clary Sage- 10 drops
Lemon - 10 drops
Rosewood- 8 drops
Marjoram - 6 drops
Geranium - 4 drops Ylang Ylang - 3 drops
Blend in an amber bottles - don't forget to label it. Enjoy and relax!
Palmarosa - 20 drops
Eucalyptus - 20 drops
Thyme - 20 drops
Sweet almond or carrier oil of your choice - 3 ounces
Blend well and apply a small amount 2-4 times for up to 10-14 days. Discontinue use if no improvement after 14 days.
Clove bud - 8 drops
Cinnamon - 6 drops
Ginger - 6 drops
Orange - 4 drops
Blend together and use in any diffuser. (This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled if you desire.)
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