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Top 9 Essential Oils For Migraines

by Erin Sweeney September 18, 2020

Top 9 Essential Oils For Migraines

To have experienced migraines is to dread them. They come in all sizes and originate from different spots in the head. Some begin at the back of the head, while others grow between the eyes. But, one thing that all migraines have in common is their unpleasant nature.

If you’re a fan of natural remedies, you may be wondering what essential oils are good for migraines.

While migraines can strike at any moment, this doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared. With the right EOs, you can build a fortress to defend your head against migraines. The question, of course, is  which essential oils are right for helping decrease migraines. Let’s explore the answers below!

First Line Of Defense

While not all migraines have a specific cause, there are a few best practices you can take to avoid them:

  • Treat stress – Stress isn’t just mental—it can affect your entire body as well. Inflammation, muscular tension, poor sleep and other results of anxiety can raise your risk for a migraine. That’s why it’s so important to take action when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

  • Stay hydrated – Some evidence suggests that physical exertion can lead to headaches. While exercise is important for your overall health, make sure you drink plenty of water after exerting yourself, whether it’s with yoga or yard work.

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine – Many people rely on coffee to wake up and a glass of wine to go to sleep at the end of the day. However, both of these substances can alter your brain chemistry and potentially lead to migraines. Reach for natural pick-me-ups and sleep aids instead.

Not sure where to get started? The followingessential oils can help prevent the conditions that lead to migraines.

1. Anxiety Ease Synergy Blend

Sometimes a migraine can start out of pure stress and anxiousness. Re-establish your stillness and peace with this Edens Garden synergy blend. Anxiety Ease
contains some of the best stress-relieving essential oils nature has to offer.

These oils include:  

This specially-formulated blend helps to calm these symptoms, lending a hand in soothing an oncoming migraine.  

Try it by:

  • Applying it to your wrists and temples with pre-dilutedRoll-On essential oils

  • Using it in a personal pocket inhaler

  • Using adiffuser in your workspace

Steal back your day from the vise-grip of a migraine with Anxiety Ease.

2. Texas Cedarwood

A favorite essential oil for migraine and headache relief, smoky, aromaticTexas Cedarwoodimparts cool, grounded confidence. Extracted from drought-resistant trees that thrive throughout Texas and the Southwest, this essential oil helps you stand up to tough conditions.

A 2011 study in theJournal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine studied the effect of Cedarwood (amongst other essential oils) and found that this oil can help soothe nerves and reduce daily stress. 

Thanks to its musky, sophisticated aroma,Texas Cedarwood works well as a daily essential oil or added to a jewelry diffuser.

3. Lavender

Imagine this: It’s the end of a long day, and you sense the inklings of a migraine. It might be the perfect time to reach for your bottle ofLavender Around The World essential oil.

This essential oil offers a high percentage of esters (linalyl acetate) and anti-inflammatory properties. Because it features sedative properties, Lavender essential oil is great for evening hours, offering you the opportunity to sleep off whatever head pain might be brewing.

Second Line Of Defense

If you’re prone to headaches, you might start to notice warning signs up to two days in advance of a particularly debilitating migraine. According to the Mayo Clinic, possible early indicators include:

  • Hunger and thirst– If you notice that you’re suddenly craving snacks and you can’t seem to drink enough water to quench your thirst, your body might be trying to store up energy in preparation for a migraine.

  • Mood changes– In some instances, a case of the blues—or even a sudden rush of joy—might be an early warning sign that a headache is on its way.

  • Neck stiffness – Headaches and neck tension are deeply related. In this case, it’s a “chicken or the egg” situation. Neck stiffness might cause a migraine, or an impending migraine might present itself as neck stiffness.

If any of these potential precursors arrive, you might also start to feel a faint headache coming on, meaning it’s time to take immediate action. 

Luckily, essential oils can come to your aid in these moments, too.

4. Indian Peppermint

Yep, that’s right —Indian Peppermint essential oilisn’t just a popular flavoring. This essential oil contains a significant amount of menthol, which is known to help relax and ease tension headaches. Use with caution, as Peppermint is an energizing oil that can interfere with sleep.

5. Spearmint

Offering many of the same benefits of Peppermint,Spearmint is a great substitute if Peppermint isn’t your favorite aroma. When your migraine begins inching into the higher registers of pain, diffuse some Spearmint, or dilute it and apply it topically.

6. Eucalyptus

Containing high quantities of the oxide 1,8-Cineole (acting as both anti-inflammatory and expectorant), bothEucalyptus-globulus andEucalyptus-radiata can help ease headaches. However, it should be noted that Eucalyptus specializes in easing sinus headaches.

Last Line Of Defense

Sometimes, a migraine headache comes on despite your best efforts. In these cases, you might experience:

  • Sensitivity to light and sound

  • Nausea

  • Throbbing

  • A visual aura around most objects

In cases like these, you need to bring in the most potent relief possible. The best essential oils for migraines are:

7. Head Ease Synergy Blend

When your migraine is in full bloom, reach for the specially formulatedHead Ease synergy blend. This blend offers a minty, earthy aroma and is an all-natural remedy to headaches.

Head Ease contains:

  • Lavender 

  • Peppermint

  • Rosemary 

  • Frankincense 

  • Basil 

  • Chamomile 

  • Ginger

  • Spearmint 

  • Helichrysum

Use it in a diffuser while you spend a little time in bed healing up. 

8. Quiet Time Synergy Blend

Banish your migraines and soothe the ruckus of the day with a bit ofQuiet Time. Subtle and soft with layers of floral notes, this synergy blend is specially formulated to sand down the edges of head pain.

In addition, it might help you get some much-needed rest. When you’re experiencing a bad migraine, sleep might be the best solution.

9. Head-A-Sore-Us

Adults aren’t the only ones that have to contend with the occasional migraine. Look out for your children by keeping the kid-safeHead-A-Sore-Us on hand. This synergy blend is part of our OK For Kids collection–our line ofessential oils for kids–and is at the ready to make headaches go extinct. This blend works great for adults too.

Using Essential Oils For Migraines

When you’re suffering from a terrible headache, the last thing you want is to exacerbate the situation by using so much essential oil that you feel irritated or nauseous.

Because migraines cause changes to your sense of smell, it’s best to use caution with essential oils. 

Our top tips are as follows:

  • Remember to dilute all synergy blends and single oils before applying topically. Also, avoid eye contact with essential oils when applying them to the temples, forehead, or scalp.

  • Be sure to use Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Spearmint conservatively, as they are incredibly potent oils that can fill a large room and may exacerbate the symptoms of your migraine if you’re sensitive to aromas.

  • Remember that essential oils can ease the effects of a migraine but are not a catch-all solution. If you frequently get migraines, we recommend reaching out to your doctor and seeking further medical advice.

  • Beware of essential oils that can further irritate migraine symptoms. Remember, not all EOs are created equal in soothing migraines.

Have you figured out a migraine-easing blend of EOs? Share it with us in the comments below!


Sources:

  1. Lee, Yuk-Lan, Ying Wu, Hector W.H. Tsang, Ada Y. Leung, and W.M. Cheung. “A Systematic Review on the Anxiolytic Effects of Aromatherapy in People with Anxiety Symptoms.” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 17.2 (2011): 101-108. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2009.0277   
  2. “Migraine.” The Mayo Clinic.  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/symptoms-causes/syc-20360201

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