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Aromatherapy for Migraines and Headaches

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Today, essential oils are extracted from the plants used for aromatherapy, making them very concentrated. The two basic ways aromatherapy is accomplished are 1) by applying the oils to the skin, and 2) by inhalation. The term "aromatherapy" can be a bit misleading because it's not only the aroma that is therapeutic. The oils also interact with body chemistry directly, thus affecting certain systems and organs. You can demonstrate this yourself by rubbing garlic on the soles of your feet. After awhile, the garlic aroma will be evident on your breath.

Aromatherapy for Migraines and Headaches
You can find an essential oil recommended pretty much "for whatever ails you." For our purposes, we'll be looking at those oils most often recommended for headaches, Migraine, depression, panic, anxiety, sleep. The chart below lists some of the oils recommended for these needs. Here, also, is a list of ten oils suggested for getting started with aromatherapy. Some experimentation will tell you which combinations work best for you.

 

Carrier Oils Essential Oils for
Migraine / Headache
  • Sweet Almond
  • Apricot Kernel
  • Avocado
  • Coconut
  • Sesame
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Bay
  • Melissa
  • Jasmine
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
Essential Oils
for Depression
Essential Oils
for Anxiety/Panic
  • Orange
  • Bergamot
  • Lemon
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Lemongrass
  • Melissa
  • Petitgrain
  • Orange Blossom
  • Chamomile
  • Grapefruit
  • Mandarin
  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Neroli
  • Lavender
  • Cedarwood
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Sandalwood
  • Frankincense
  • Clove
  • Clary Sage
  • Patchouli
Essential Oils
for Relaxation/Sleep
10 To Get Started
  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Mandarin
  • Sandalwood
  • Frankincense
  • Clary Sage
  • Juniper
  • Marjoram
  • Jasmine

 

  • Sweet Almond
    (Carrier)
  • Peppermint
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Bergamot
  • Eucalyptus
  • Jasmine
  • Frankincense
  • Clary Sage

     

Think about your headaches/Migraine attacks. Do they make you feel depressed, anxious, or panicked? Do you need to sleep, but have trouble? Choose some of the oils from the chart, mix one or more with some carrier oil, and give them a try. You can wait until you need them, and mix a small amount in the palm of your hand, or you can mix the oils ahead in a bottle. 

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