Aromatherapy for Headache Relief

Tension headaches have any number of causes from dehydration, skipping meals, to being over caffeinated or stressed out.

Aromatherapy may be a good alternative to medication and can stop a tension headache in its tracks. You can engage in aromatherapy one of three ways: cosmetics (applying essential oils to yourself by way of body or skincare products), massage, or inhalation.

Put a few drops of your favorite soothing essential oil on a cotton ball and place under nose and inhale deeply. Examples of soothing oils are:

  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Peppermint
  • Sweet marjoram
  • Lavender

Or apply a few drops into a bowl of hot steaming water and place your nose near the steam.

Here are some other soothing ways to ward off headaches:

  • Steep herbs like lavender, peppermint, rosemary, sage, or chamomile in boiling water for 20min. Soak a cloth in the infused water then place on forehead.
  • For a cold compress version, chill the soaked cloth in the refrigerator or freezer until it reaches desired coolness.

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