You’ve might have heard that Lavender essential oil is a guaranteed cure for tension headaches. I wouldn’t go that far, but it is a great oil for to have around for many reasons, including an achey head.
Pardon my lack of banter today, but it’s been a crazy week and I really feel the need to go (figuratively) dunk my head in a vat of lavender. Imma keep this short and sweet so I can get a few minutes of self-care in before my next client arrives.
For me, lavender is a must have essential oil in my medicine chest. When it comes to relieving headache pain, it’s right up there with peppermint, which I wrote about in February. (Read that post here.) They work in different ways of course, so today I’m going to tell you why lavender essential oil can help your head to stop hurting.
Here are the properties that lavender will bring to the job:
First – dilute your lavender essential oil in an unscented carrier oil or lotion to 5%. Seriously. Less is more with this stuff. If you use too much lavender it becomes stimulating instead of calming and that’ll just increase your headache.
Second – apply to tight/stiff/dense neck muscles, including the base of the skull.
Third – if the pain is really intense at the temples or forehead, go ahead and apply a very small amount to those areas. Make sure to stay away from the eyes, though. It will not only burn like a mofo if you get the oil in your eyes, it could potentially blind you. Proceed with caution, and only do this if the pain in these areas is severe.
That’s it. Short and sweet like I promised. Time for a few minutes of self-care. Might I suggest you do the same?
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