Not all headaches are created equal. And should not be treated as such. Tylenol is the most popular OTC pain relieving drug on the market today. Did you know that it is also the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States? The active ingredient in Tylenol, Acetaminophen, accounts for over 100,000 calls to poison control and over 60,000 emergency room visits per year. That is just insane to me!! What if I told you there was a much more effective and a much safer way to care for this? With a nature’s little gift called, Essential Oils.
Did you know there at least 10 different types of headaches? Yes, I said 10! Thankfully unlike NSAID”s, there is no side effects or potential for liver damage. And because essential oils are incredibly versatile, if one doesn’t work, simply try another! Everybody is different, and so is every body. Meaning, what works for one, may not work the same for another. It all depends on your own bodies chemical make-up. I’m going to go through and explain what they are, and the oils that may help to treat them.
All of these recommendations should be applied to certain points on the body, to be effective. You may also inhale them to provide the aromatherapy benefit, as well. Think of it as a “1-2-punch” to really give that nasty headache the TKO.
To apply, you can do this one of two ways. Place a drop of both the Essential Oil (EO) & Carrier oil (CO) into the palm of your hand. Rub together & apply to your temples, the bridge of your nose, and to the back of your neck at the base of your head. Also, inhale.
I prefer this method because it is not only less messy and very effective. But it allows me to travel with it conveniently in my pocket or purse. Utilizing it whenever I need it.
Below you will find a series of headache scenarios, along with their matching oils to treat them.
1. Tension/stress headaches: The most common type of headache among adults. They tend to be heightened in the presence of stress. And can range from moderate to severe, with a band-like pain the stretches across the forehead to the of head and neck.
To treat this, you may apply any one of or a combination of the following oils listed below. They can be applied “neat” or slightly diluted 50:50, directly to the area of discomfort.
Singles: Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender or Peppermint
2. Sugar Headaches: Sugar headaches occur when your body has overindulged in high levels of sugar intake. ie; too many sweets at Christmas.
The most surprising oil for the job is Dill Essential Oil. Dill aids with digestive issues and is excellent for regulating blood sugar.
Dill can be applied “neat“. Meaning no dilution is required. I like to insert a roller filament directly into the oil bottle and apply as needed.
3. Cluster headaches (Ice-pick Headache): These are sharp, stabbing pains, that occur as a single or a series of stabs, across the eyes, temple or over the parietal regions. They may last a few seconds to a few minutes. And reoccur throughout the day.
If the pain persists, the issue may be linked to a blockage in your colon. In addition to applying oils, you may consider doing a cleanse to ensure that you are clearing away the root of the problem.
To aid in stopping the sharp pains, apply the following oil blends directly to the location, in addition to the specific points previously mentioned. Peppermint, Wintergreen, Copaiba, or Clove.
As for the colon issue. You may apply Fennel or Peppermint, directly to the lower abdomen (diluted 50:50). Followed by a warm compress.
5. Hangover Headaches: A low throbbing pain of misery. Caused by the ingestion of ethanol. The body tries to keep up with the intake and break down the sugars for your body to eliminate them. Causing you to urinate frequently, which in turn dehydrates you.
Dill, Grapefruit, Lemon, Frankincense, Rosemary, Lavender, or Fennel.
A great way to restore the body back to normal and regulate your system is to detoxify the liver.
Start with Grapefruit, Lemon & Fennel. 1-2 drops each, apply directly to upper abdomen.
You may also want to try an anti-inflammatory oil to help the blood vessels that have swollen due to dehydration, to reduce and allow blood to flow more thoroughly.
Try a blend of Grapefruit, Lemon, Lavender & Frankincense. (Dilute as necessary) may cup hands and inhale and apply to suggested areas on and around the head.
6. Sinus headaches (associated with allergies, cold or flu): Headaches associated with inflammation of the sinuses. Followed by deep or throbbing pain in the cheekbones, forehead or bridge of the nose.
To rid this type of a pressure headache, you could do a single oil application of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Lavender, or a combination of all.
In addition to the previously specified points on the body, you may also apply this directly to the sinuses as well.
7. Withdrawal (Caffeine) Headaches: Usually starts behind the eyes and then works its way up and envelopes the head. For some, this can be quite debilitating and can even trigger an intense migraine.
To treat this type of a headache you can apply 1-3 drops of any one of the following or any combination of all. Dill, Grapefruit, Coriander, Lavender, or Marjoram
8. Migraines: Classified as a very intense headache. Often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light.
There are a vast array of oils that can be used to treat these debilitating headaches. Again you could try one or a combination of many to achieve the desired effect.
Dill, Basil, Copaiba, Eucalyptus Globulus, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary or Wintergreen.
**Please note, a vast majority of migraines are associated with colon congestion or poor digestion. Should also consider doing a cleanse.
9. Child Migraines: Essentially the same as an adult migraine, but is the most common acute headache pattern experienced by children.
Again, may try one or any combination of the following oils.
Singles: Dill, Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Peppermint, Basil, Copaiba, German Chamomile, grapefruit, lavender, marjoram, spearmint, valerian, wintergreen or ylang-ylang.
10. Emotional Headaches: Typically brought on by stressful events or a build-up of stress and emotion. Emotional headaches tend to feel akin to a migraine. During these stressful events, chemicals are released into the body causing blood vessels to constrict thus triggering the onset of a migraine like headache.
Because oils are so versatile, there are many to choose from. You may try any one of these or combination of many.
Singles: Copaiba, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary, Dill or Wintergreen.
Whatever your ailment, just know there is a better way. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, Essential Oils aren’t new, they are not a fad, and they are not going away. Slowly but surely they are being discovered, tested and seen for the powerful resources they truly are. If you have not already begun your EO journey and are looking to get started, please do not hesitate to contact me! I am more than happy to help!
Happy Oiling, Friends!!