How to Treat Headaches Naturally
Headaches can occur for a variety of reasons. You could be dehydrated, experiencing a tension headache due to muscle or eye strain, or it could be a symptom of a cold or infection. Whatever the reason behind its onset, a bad headache can be almost unbearable and completely stop you in your tracks.
Luckily there are some natural remedies that can be used to soothe the pain and irritability a headache can cause, and there are various ways you can work with oils and aromatherapy to feel relief quickly. In this blog post we’ll break down the different options to try when you feel a headache coming on, as well as the individual natural ingredients that are ideal for targeting your pain.
Methods for Treating Headaches
Create a massage solution for topical application
There are some headache products on the medical market which involve applying a solution across your forehead to try and combat headache pain. You can replicate this using an all-natural recipe which can be combined with gentle massage on pain points (try your temples, back of your neck or sinus area) to ease the ache. If you’re creating a solution to apply directly to the skin, make sure you use a carrier oil as undiluted oils can be irritating to the skin. We have a wide range of options here ranging from almond to wheatgerm! A 2% dilution is a good guide for adults, and 1% for children due to their very sensitive skin.
Room diffusion using essential oils
Using an oil burner, you can scent your room to create a relaxing and calming atmosphere to help take the edge off your headache. Just put some drops in a burner like the Verdant oil burner above – the large bowl means that your oil is heated evenly and ignites the delightful smell.
Tissue diffusion for on the go treatment
If you like the idea of the scent of essential oils working to treat your pain, you can take the idea of room diffusion on the go by scenting tissues or a handkerchief with the blend of your choice so you can transport your treatment. Check out our list of recommended blends and oils below once you have decided which method is best for you.
Natural Ingredients for Treating Headaches
Peppermint is a great choice if you are feeling the damaging effects of a headache. It is naturally simultaneously cooling and stimulating, so it will calm your tension but also enable you to get back up and go after you have recovered.
Valerian is another essential oil option to reach for. With natural sedative properties, it is ideal for soothing a headache as well as any muscular or tension pain that can often come hand in hand with a banging head!
Lavender, possibly the most reliable of all essential oils, is excellent for this amongst many other things! The calming scent will help to relax your tension upon inhaling and contribute to reducing headache pain caused by stress and anxiety.
Our specialists will be happy to guide you select products to relieve the symptoms of headaches but if you are suffering from regular or extremely painful headaches or migraines, please visit a doctor for medical advice.
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