3 Oils That Can Relieve Headaches
If you are suffering from frequent headaches and are tired of taking one medication after the other, you can try several natural oils to help to ease your pain. A few of the most effective ones will be outlined here, so that you can decide what works best for you.
Inhaling lavender oil has been known to ease headache pains. Lavender oil contains compounds that dilate the blood vessels and this helps to reduce pain. You can use lavender oil by boiling three cups of water and placing two or three drops of the oil into the water. You can then inhale the vapors to relieve your headache.
Alternately you may drop two or three drops of the lavender oil into cold water. Dip a damp rag in the water and lay it on your forehead or lay on your belly and rest it on the back of your neck to relieve your headache. Lavender oil should either be inhaled or applied topically as it is toxic when ingested.
Peppermint oil is also a good oil to use to relieve headache pain. Peppermint oil dilates the blood vessels and increases blood flow and since most headaches are the result of low blood flow, the oil often proves to be effective. Inhaling peppermint will also open up your sinuses and this enables more oxygen to get into your bloodstream. You can use this remedy by inhaling it straight from the bottle or by adding a few drops of it to boiling water and inhaling it.
Basil oil is another great remedy that you can try. The oil is edible or you can inhale it to relieve your headache. Basil works by relaxing the muscles and increasing blood flow. This makes it especially effective at fighting headaches that are caused by tension as well as tight muscles. To relieve your headache place three drops of the oil into your hand and begin massaging your forehead and your temples for at least fifteen minutes. You can also add a few drops of the oil to water to make tea. If you do not have basil oil available but have access to the leaves, you can either chew on some of these leaves or use them to make tea to relieve your headache.
Naturally oils have the benefit of being effective while safe when you need to relieve your headaches. Some remedies will work better for you than others. It is best to try each one at different times when you have a headache and find out which is the most effective remedy for you.