Essential oils and migranes

Scents can be your best friend or your worst nightmare during a Migraine attack. Toxic smells like gasoline, perfume, or cigarette smoke can trigger or aggravate an attack, but some scents can be used to manage the symptoms of an attack. Essential oils for headaches and migraines are low-risk, over-the-counter tools that many people rely on for relief.

While they may not be able to abort an attack, some studies suggest essential oils for headaches and migraines may have power beyond smelling nice. Aromatherapy can be used to combat nausea, anxiety, sleeplessness, and even some of the pain that comes with an attack

Essential oils for headaches and migraines are low-risk, over-the-counter tools that many people rely on for relief.


One of my personal favorites, lavender essential oil is one of the few floral scents that doesn’t aggravate my hyperreactive Migraine bain. Lavender has been long been used as a calming,mood stabilizing herb, and a 2012 study in the journal European Neurology even tested lavender’s ability to abort a Migraine attack . Although the study was fairly small with 47 patients and 129 Migraine attacks, the findings were statistically significant. The study showed that 71% of patients’ attacks were resolved or partially resolved by inhaling lavender. “The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches,” the study concludes.

How to use it: Look for oils that say “essential,” “therapeutic,” or “pharmacy-grade.” Lavender is one of the few essential oils light enough to be applied directly to the skin, but it can also be diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil. When you feel a Migraine attack coming on, or even just rising stress levels, place a few drops on your palms or on your wrists or smell directly from the bottle.
Before discovering essential oils, peppermint tea was my go-to tool for battling Migraine nausea.Menthol has long been used to soothe digestive discomfort and nausea, and peppermint essential oil offers an easy and portable way to access the power of menthol. Although peppermint has been used in some form therapeutically for centuries, the scientific evidence behind it is pretty slim.

How to use: You can treat nausea with peppermint oil by placing a drop or two in a glass of water and drinking it or by applying dilutedpeppermint oil topically on the abdomen. Diluted peppermint can also be applied to the skin at various trigger points, like at the base of your skull near the occipital lobes or over your jaw muscle (4). The tingle produced by menthol helps stimulate the area and can help relieve pain. I like to slather the base of my skull in peppermint oil whenever I feel neck tightness, pain, or the beginnings of a Migraine attack.

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