Do you use essential oils for headaches? I know I do. When that throbbing pain starts, I grab my lavender oil. All I need is my lavender. But it isn’t the only essential oil that can ease your pain.
You can try peppermint and German chamomile too! And these oils are pain-relieving and proven!
Essential Oils for Headaches
Lavender Essential Oil
I adore lavender. Can you tell? Haha! It smells amazing! Plus it’s a proven calming, pain-relieving, wound healing, mood boosting power house.
It’s also great for headaches and migraines.
This 2012 clinical study tested that. Researchers gave migraine sufferers lavender oil to inhale for 15 minutes. About 70% of the participants had partial or total relief. That’s beyond significant!
So inhaling lavender oil is a safe, effective way to manage and relieve headaches (including migraines)! Woohoo!
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil is another great one. It is minty fresh, cooling, and awesome. And it’s pain-relieving, mood boosting, anti-inflammatory, and memory enhancing. Phew! Say that five times fast. Ha!
This 1994 German study showed dabbing a 10% peppermint-ethanol mix on the face reduced headache pain. The participants said they felt less tense, anxious, irritated and depressed too. And they enjoyed the cooling effect peppermint had on their face.
Now, don’t go dabbing alcohol and peppermint blends on your face! Simple inhalation of peppermint oil works wonders for me. Plus it clears my sinuses and helps me breathe better. And breathing better helps my headaches go away faster too.
I also love mixing three drops with a tablespoon of coconut oil and massaging it into the back of my neck, chest, and back. Let me tell you! It’s so cooling and incredible. You can try massaging your temples too but … I don’t … Because I’m no fan of mint oils near my eyes.
German Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile tea is relaxing and soothing. So it’s not a stretch to have German chamomile on the list of essential oils for headaches.
A 2014 study suggested a chamomile and sesame oil blend commonly used in the Middle East is effective for treating migraines and headaches. The researchers believed the compound that gives the oil its blue color (chamazulene) has great anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. They’re not wrong!
So the oil definitely relieves pain. There’s no doubt about it. Inhale it. Mix it with sesame oil. Massage it. It doesn’t matter. Chamomile will help you!
A word of caution
Headaches are caused by so many things like too much sun or heat, drinking too much, getting stressed, or rambunctious kids. They can also be caused by a more serious medical condition. So if you don’t get fast relief from any of these oils, then talk to your doctor.
First published: March 2016
Last updated: August 2018