Essential Oils & Pain - Migraines

4:14 AM Posted by Jo Pedranti

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When it comes to migraines it is important to try to figure out what triggers it.  There are of course times when triggers are unknown, but some triggers have been identified as injuries to head, sudden changes in weather, hypoglycemia and missing meals, fluctuations in hormone levels, and food allergies, and of course stress.

Peppermint, lavender, clary sage, and sweet marjoram are antispasmodics. They prevent and reduce muscular spasms and contractions caused by nervous irritability. Antispasmodics are the most useful oils for migraines.

Aromatherapy is actually better used as a preventative measure, one reason is  sensitivity to odors and very often to touch as well.

I used to get migraines when I was younger and I made a cold compress with equal parts of lavender and peppermint, and placed it across the forehead and temples, it is more gentle than massaging during migraine. Change as soon as it becomes warm. According to Battaglia, gentle massage the temples with lavender if you can tolerate it.

Very often migraines are due to constricted blood supply to the brain, apply a hot or warm compress with sweet marjoram on the back of the neck.

Other oil that has historically been used is Roman Chamomile.




Pay attention to food and substances that have been known to cause migraines, such as nitrates, msg, aspirin, chocolate, and cheese. Once I changed my diet my migraines disappeared.


Before you leave:

I recommend that you always perform a skin patch test when you try a new oil.


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Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 
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