• 7 Aromatherapy Tips to Get Rid of Your Headache

    Tension HeadacheHeadaches are a part of most people’s lives at one time or another. Whether you get them 2-3 times a week or 2-3 times a year, there are plenty of natural ways to fight back against the pain. Of course the way you fight back depends on why you have a headache in the first place. For instance, dehydration, menstrual, and stress headaches all require different approaches. Home based-aromatherapy is most effective on stress-based tension headaches, so that’s what I’m going to focus on today.

    Here are my top 7 picks:

    1. Rub a drop of peppermint essential oil into the base of your skull and into any tight neck muscles you may have. (If you have sensitive skin, dilute the peppermint in some unscented oil or lotion first)
    2. Rub a drop of diluted peppermint essential oil into the temple area, being careful to stay at least 2 inches from the eyes.
    3. Rub a drop of lavender essential oil into the base of your skull and into any tight neck muscles you may have. You can even do this if you’ve already used a drop of peppermint.
    4. Rub a drop of diluted lavender essential oil into the temple area, being careful to stay at least 2 inches from the eyes.
    5. Take a warm aromatherapy bath – blend 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil into 1 cup of epsom salt, add to bathwater, mix well to dissolve the salt and disperse the oil, get in, and enjoy.
    6. Take a warm (or cool) foot bath with a few drops of peppermint essential oil added to it.
    7. Diffuse your favorite stress relieving essential oil into your home or office space. Or just smell it right out of the bottle if things are really bad. In case you don’t have a favorite yet , try one of these – Roman chamomile, Neroli, ¬†Lavender, or Geranium.

    If you have hormonal headaches, migraines, or headaches that the above suggestions don’t work for, you’ll want to make an appointment with a certified or registered aromatherapist. If they also do massage or bodywork, even better. Remember, these suggestions are akin to putting out a fire that’s already raging. Getting professional help can prevent the fire from starting in the first place.

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