Essential Oils for Headaches & Migraines

Using Essential Oils Safely for Headaches & Migraines

On this page you will find:

    • How to best use essential oils for headaches & migraines
    • Headache & Migraine tips
    • Recipes including Lea's Free Anti-Headache Class
    • Sinus help including info on lymph massage and doing a steam

Always be sure that the oils which you choose are safe for your family's situation!

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Many of us suffer from headaches or migraines and are looking for some natural remedies so we don't have to take so many meds such as Advil or aspirin. The following articles, links and recipes will help give you some headache relief.


How to best use essential oils for headaches & migraines

Some find that diffusing or using a personal inhaler can help with a headache. Others find that topical use, such as rubbing an oil or blend on your neck, shoulders or even temples, is the best for them. In the info below you will find options for both inhalation and topical use. For topical use in a healthy adult we typically recommend a 2-3% dilution, but sometimes for a bad headache or migraine you may need to go with a higher than normal dilution. Using a higher dilution is ok for something like this as long as you are only using it for a short time.

Headache & Migraine Tips

The following articles have some tips that can help you pinpoint the potential cause of your headaches.

Headache & Migraine Recipes

** Lea's Anti-Headache Essential Oils {FREE CLASS!}

Create Your Own Pain Blend Recipe
This recipe is great because it is so versatile and you can adapt it to fit your situation and use the oils which you have on hand. (Click on the graphic to make it larger.)

Headache & Muscle Personal Aromatherapy Inhaler from Aromahead.
(Not Child Safe)
You can watch Andrea make this inhaler here.
6 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)
6 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
3 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Child Safe Headache Roller Ball
{These oils are child safe so can be used topically when around young children, but if you are using this on children (over the age of 2) you will want to lower the number of drops.}
3 drops marjoram
3 drops black pepper
3 drops copaiba
1 drop lemongrass
Fill the rest of a 10ml bottle with your favorite carrier.

Migraine Personal Aromatherapy Inhaler
2 drops roman chamomile
2 drops basil
2 drops lavender
3 drops sweet marjoram
3 drops peppermint
3 drops helichrysum

For a roller ball option
2 drops basil
1 drop sweet marjoram
2 drops lavender
1 drop peppermint
1 drop roman chamomile
1 drop helichrysum
doubled in a 10 ml bottle for a 5% dilution.

Sinus Issues

If you are dealing with more of a sinus headache, a lymph massage really can help. Here are a couple of great videos showing you how to do a lymph massage. It’s quite simple and it really works!!!
* Self Lymph Drainage Massage
* Lymph Drainage for the Ears

Doing a steam is also helpful for sinus headaches. Just a drop or two of oil in a bowl of steaming water can be very helpful. Some good oils to use for a steam are tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, or tree related oils such as pines, firs or cedars.

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Lea Jacobson is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website is home to educational advice and empowering information about using essential oils safely. The Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group founded and run by Lea and her team has over 140,000 members and hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of her bestseller Essential Oil Profiles (available as a full color print book as well as an ebook). Based off the information in the popular Top 60 Essential Oils APP, the print version has sold out in days each time it's been offered. Other books by Lea: The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the Hydrosols Quick Start Guide.

Lea is the creator of Safe Essential Oil Labels, designed to wrap around any size or brand bottle, as well as apps for essential oils and carriers, and hydrosols.

You can find FREE classes here: Free Essential Oil Classes, and sign up for the Using Essential Oils Safely BASICS course Lea teaches where you can earn your "Essential Oil Safety Advocate" title.

Lea is Professional level member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and received her herbalist certification through The Herbal Academy of New England.

Businesses, groups, and individuals can hire Lea to consult on safety, product formulation, and more on her website Lea Jacobson CCA.



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