Headaches

Want a healthy alternative to Advil or Tylenol?

Woman with headacheAlmost everyone gets a headache at one time or another. The most common causes of headaches include dehydration, allergies, eyestrain, stress, tension, hunger and exposure to pollutants.

TIP:
Try drinking a couple of glasses of water to get your body hydrated as many of us don’t drink enough water.

Essential Oils that Commonly Alleviate Headaches

To Use:
Drop 1-4 drops into your left palm and use your right hand index finger to get the oil into your fingertip. Use your fingertip to massage the oil onto your forehead, back of your neck or temples. Avoid getting the oils near your eyes.

Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus radiata Essential Oils contain a significant quantity of the oxide 1,8-Cineole. 1,8-Cineole is said to act as both an anti-inflammatory as well as an expectorant. Eucalyptus Essential Oil is said to help ease headaches, most especially those associated with sinus headaches.

Helichrysum
Helichrysum Essential Oil is considered by many in the aromatherapy community to be an especially powerful anti-inflammatory.

Lavender
Lavender Essential Oil has a high percentage of esters (linalyl acetate), and therefore, offers anti-inflammatory and sedative properties. Lavender Oil is a good oil to use if you are trying to alleviate a headache during the evening/nighttime hours.

Roman Chamomile
Like Lavender, Roman Chamomile Essential Oil has a high percentage of esters (isobutyl angelate), and therefore, offers anti-inflammatory and sedative properties. Roman Chamomile Essential Oil is also a good oil to use if you are trying to alleviate a headache during the evening/nighttime hours.

Peppermint
Peppermint Essential Oil contains a significant amount of menthol. Among its many uses, menthol is known to help relax and ease tension headaches and muscular aches and pains. Peppermint Oil is quite stimulating and may interfere with sleeping.

Spearmint
Although Peppermint Oil is typically the most recommended of the mints to use for headaches and contains significantly more menthol, Spearmint can often be substituted. Sometimes it is pleasant to

Young Living has formulated several blends of oils that work well for headaches as well.

Deep Relief

Panaway

Stress Away

Tranquil

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