Migraine sufferers tend to look for ways to relieve their pain, other than taking medications. Below are essential oils for migraines that can help reduce pain and discomfort during attacks. They can also as well as promote relaxation, which may prevent recurrence.
Examples of oils
While it is a general rule that eating foods or drinking beverages that contain peppermint can trigger or make migraine attacks worse, this essential oil can be used to relieve pain. A single drop or two of peppermint essential oil, diluted in some vodka can be used to massage the temples.
Lavender has been known to promote calmness and relaxation, which makes it perfect for almost all types of massage. Lavender contains substances that are known as natural analgesics and has anti-inflammatory properties. You can use lavender oil for a head massage or put it in an oil diffuser so as to cover the entire room.
There are other essential oils for a migraine such as a lemongrass, basil, marjoram, and chamomile.
How to use essential oils
For Direct Head Massage
Some oils can be used in their undiluted form. However, some oils do need to be diluted using other liquids such as carrier oils. A few examples of excellent carrier oils include jojoba, coconut, extra virgin olive oil, and sesame. Simple formulations for temple/head massage usually require one-two drops of an essential oil and 5-10 drops of carrier oils.
For Making cold compress
Fill a baking bowl 3/4 of the way with ice water, and add three drops of Lavender and Lemon oil (or any two essential oils of your choice). Dip a clean towel into the ice water then wring out the excess liquid before putting in on your head. Repeat the process till the water gets warm. You can make more than one batch of cold compress till you feel relief.
For a Relaxing Body Massage
Combine 1/2 to 1.5 ounces of carrier oil with 6-8 drops of lavender or chamomile oil and mix well. Apply the oil all over the neck, legs, arms and temples.
For Calming Steam
For every full bowl of steaming water, add about 8-10 drops of essential oil. Be sure to inhale as much of the steam by placing your face about 6-8 inches from the bowl. Close your eyes to prevent irritation.
There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to using essential oils for managing or preventing migraine attacks. Certain oils do work better than others, so be sure to try different kinds. There is absolutely no harm in using different oils, and they are relatively affordable, so cost is not too much of an issue.