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  • Essential Oils for Tension Headaches


    Let me start off by saying that you’re better off preventing a tension headache by reducing the amount of stress you have (it can be done), improving your stress management (it can also be done), and reducing the physical strain on the head, neck, and face muscles most likely to cause a tension headache. But sometimes it’s really hard. Sometimes you have the best of intentions if only life would stop getting in the way; and then sometimes life throws you an unexpected curve ball.

    An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

    If you’re not inclined toward or don’t know where to start with any of those long term solutions, or if you have a temporary upswing in your stress level, here are a few essential oils you can diffuse to help keep a stress or tension headache at bay:

    • Neroli
    • Frankincense
    • Neroli/frankincense
    • Elemi
    • Elemi/frankincense
    • Lavender
    • Geranium
    • Lavender/geranium

    Oh, My Aching Head

    I’m guessing that this is the real reason you’re reading this… You want to know how to get rid of your headaches. The simple answer to “How do I get rid of my headache” is, “it depends.” It depends on what’s causing your headache. Essential oils work in very specific ways, on very specific things. Chances are good that you’re not going to know exactly what’s causing each and every headache you get.

    Even so, here are a few good, all-purpose essential oils that will help with most tension headaches:

    • Peppermint
    • Lavender
    • Peppermint/lavender
    • Geranium (will also help if there’s a hormonal aspect to your headache)
    • Geranium/lavender

    When treating a headache use just 1-2 drops of essential oil diluted in a palmful of unscented oil or lotion and apply to neck and base of skull. You may also apply to temples (stay at least 2 inches away from the eyes), forehead, or crown.

    There are many other essential oils that will help to prevent or treat a tension headache, but these are my go-to oils. Let me know which ones work best for you. If you have a favorite that’s not on my list, let me know that too. And hey, why not share this with you’re headachy friends so they can benefit too.