Many essential oils provide pain relief and relaxation. A common way to use essential oils is through a cold air diffuser. These diffusers transmit tiny oil particles throughout the air to aid in your migraine and/or headache relief. When I feel a headache coming on I fill my diffuser with cold water and add 6 to 10 drops of oil. My favorite oils for migraine and headaches are peppermint, lavender, and lemon grass.
1. Peppermint oil
Peppermint is a hybrid of spearmint and water mint. It can be calming and numbing. Some research shows that peppermint oil can help control blood flow in the body and open the sinuses for better oxygen flow. I use peppermint oil while I work. Putting a few drops in my diffuser has become a part of my morning work routine. It keeps me calm, helps to stave off headaches, and doesn’t make me drowsy.
2. Lavender oil
In addition to alleviating headaches, lavender reduces anxiety and emotional stress…oh, and it smells amazing! Lavender has proven to be an anti-inflammatory, making it great for pain. I like lavender when I’m relaxing or stuck in bed due to a major headache that’s just wiped me out. It’s relaxing qualities also make it a useful sleep aid. I add lavender to my diffuser, put a few drops on my pillow, or even add a bit to my bathwater.
3. Lemongrass oil
Lemongrass is sort of like it sounds. It’s a tall grass, a plant, not a citrus fruit. Unlike the acidic properties of lemon, which can trigger migraine for some people, lemongrass oil is used to relieve muscle pain and reduce body aches. Often, migraine seems to take over my entire body – my head, neck, shoulders, and back all ache. I use lemongrass in my diffuser to alleviate some of that pain. Lemongrass can also be used as preventative. Some research shows that using lemongrass can help reduce the number of headaches per month. The lemongrass scent is a bit harsher than peppermint or lavender so I recommend using a few less drops of this oil.