Headache Home Remedies
Simple aromatherapy recipes for making tension and migraine headache remedies to ease pain without drugs
Aromatherapy headache home remedies can be very helpful - especially for those nasty tension headaches you get from
clenching your jaw or hunching your shoulders on stressful days.
It makes sense to use aromatherapy remedies for headache because essential oils work on two levels.
1. The emotional level: The scent gives you a quick hit of sensory pleasure -
a calming, happy escape from the moment.
2. The physical level: The essential oils are absorbed into your body, where they
rebalance your nervous system and relax your muscles.
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how aromatherapy affects your mind and body.
Best Essential Oils for Headache
Basil, chamomile, eucalyptus, jasmine, lavender, lemon balm (melissa), peppermint, rosemary
Headache Home Remedies: Fast Fix
Here's one of the easiest headache home remedies ever: Put 3 drops lavender and/or 2 drops peppermint
essential oils onto a folded up tissue.
Take three long, slow, deep breaths of the aroma.
Take a short break, then take three more deep breaths. Do this up to three times.
Keep the tissue nearby so that any passing breeze wafts the scent up to you.
This is a good emergency trick because you can carry the bottle of undiluted essential oil in your bag or keep it in your desk.
And, at the very least, your space will smell good!
Headache Balm Recipe
Try rubbing this natural headache home remedy into your temples and the back of your neck to soothe tension and ease pain.
- Place the shea butter, beeswax and grapeseed oil in the top part of a
double boiler, warming slowly over a low heat until they're melted.
- Remove from heat and add the essential oils and vitamin E.
- Pour into a dark glass or PET plastic jar. Store in a cool, dark place.
Note: Increasing the beeswax will make the headache balm more solid,
while increasing the oil will make it softer. Also, you can make this recipe with just one essential oil:
simply add up to 10 drops of your chosen oil instead of the blends recommended in the recipe.
Powering Up Your Home Remedy Headache Balm
You can strengthen the healing powers of your home remedy headache balm by making a herb infused oil.
Each of the herbs listed below is partcularly effective for headache pain.
Mix 1 part dried herbs (such as lemon balm, feverfew or blue violet
leaf) with 2 parts oil (such as sweet almond or olive) in a container.
Leave the mixture in a warm place for two or three weeks.
Strain out the herbs and store the oil in a cool, dark place.
The longer the herbs are left in the oil, the stronger it will be.
Among the world's bestselling herbs, used primarily in natural headache remedies. Research has proved that feverfew is good for treating migraine headaches, although the effects usually take a few weeks to appear.
Buy Lemon Balm
A terrific herb for tension, menstrual and migraine headache
Making a lemon balm infused oil is a great way of getting its healing
benefits without the killer cost.
Compare this: 1/8oz lemon balm essential oil currently costs over $60 at
Mountain Rose, while 4oz of lemon balm leaves cost only $3.
Buy Blue Violet
Used in traditional folk medicine for thousands of years as a headache remedy and natural pain reliever.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that lavender is the only option for making headache home remedies.
I sometimes find that lavender makes my headache worse, whereas bergamot or
frankincense works to relieve the pain and tension.
If your headaches are stress related, try some of these
aromatherapy stress recipes.
Headache Home Remedies: Try a Hot Footbath
Some headaches are caused by too much blood in the head.
Dilating the blood vessels in the feet and legs stimulates circulation,
relieving congestion in other parts of the body (such as your head.)
Here's how to give yourself a pain relieving aromatherapy footbath:
- Boil a kettle full of water to refill your footbath as it cools.
- Fill a large, deep basin two thirds full of hot water.
- Add 1 drop lavender, 1 drop peppermint or rosemary
and one drop ginger or black pepper essential oils. Swoosh the water around a little to disperse the oils.
- Sit on a chair and put your feet into the basin, making sure the water covers your ankles.
As the water cools, add the water from the kettle as needed to keep the footbath hot.
- Slip on some cozy socks and relax for 30 minutes.
Handy Hint: Add some small round stones or glass beads to the footbath and rub your feet over them as you
soak to give yourself a gentle foot massage - extra-soothing!
Migraine Headache Remedies
Aromatherapy migraine headache home remedies can also sometimes be helpful for easing the pain, nausea and other symptoms
I say 'sometimes' because I found that what worked one day didn't always
work the next, and I had to catch it early enough to be effective.
That said, I definitely recommend trying these natural migraine headache remedies - any port in a storm, right?
Ginger or perppermint may stop or ease both migraine pain and nausea.
I sometimes find that if I drink a cup of ginger tea at the first sign
of a migraine, I can prevent it from developing into a full-blown
You might enjoy these stomach soothers from Mountain Rose Herbs:
mint tea and
Alternatively, try any massage oil recipe containing ginger or peppermint essential oil, such as
Pain Relief Massage Oil or
Eucalyptus Body & Bath Oil.
For self-massage, rub a little
of the massage oil on your stomach, the back of your neck and in small
circles on your temples (Do NOT get it in your eyes!)
Also massage it into any other part of you that feels tight or tense.
Or try rubbing some Peppermint Lotion
into your temples, the back of your neck and behind your ears for a cooling, pain relieving headache home remedy.
Use Epsom Salt for Migraines
Scientists have found that a magnesium deficiency can be one of the causes of migraine.
Some people recommend swallowing a tablespoon of Epsom salt (followed by
water) but I prefer to absorb my Epsom salt in the bath.
That way I get the multiple benefits of the warmth, the magnesium-rich
salt and the pain-relieving essential oils.
Here's a recipe for headache relief bath salts.
Headache Home Remedy: Bath Salts
- Mix Epsom salt and baking soda together in a bowl using a metal spoon (a wooden spoon will
absorb the essential oils and be ruined.)
- Drop in the essential oils, placing each drop in its own little spot on top of the salts.
Stir until thoroughly mixed.
- Store mixture in a dark glass or PET plastic jar.
Let cure at least 24 hours before using. Use about one cup of bath salts per bath.
Herbal Headache Remedies
In addition to using aromatherapy headache home remedies, you can also help ease symptoms by using herbal headache remedies.
Mountain Rose Herbs offers some very good herbal extracts and other natural headache remedies at very good prices. Plus, their quality is always excellent.
Try these for some herbal headache relief...
Especially good for migraines and menstrual headaches (also cramps.) A lot of research has been done since the 70s proving the effectiveness of feverfew.
Lemon Balm extract
Used since the 19th century as a natural migraine remedy. The best way to use liquid herbal extracts is to put the suggested amount in a glass
of water, tea, or juice and drink the whole mixture.
Try this ginger & honey syrup for migraine-induced nausea. (Also good for motion sickness and winter colds.)
Don't be fooled by the name! This tea is a hard worker when it comes to pain relief - it contains Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon Balm and Spearmint,
along with other relaxing, nerve calming ingredients to soothe pain and stress. Plus, it's YUMMY!
Here's a few more easy aromatherapy recipes you can use to make headache home remedies that will ease tension, relieve pain and improve your mood. Feel better!
Tension Tamer Bath Salts
Lavender Body & Bath Oil
Lavender Massage Oil
Aromatherapy Stress Recipes
Muscle Pain Remedies
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