Headache relief is a must in our hectic lifestyles. It's not uncommon to have tension headaches. I know I need to unwind and relax after work. Here are some things that help me.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to use lavender for headache relief is to put a few drops of Lavender essential oil on your fingertips and rub or massage it into your scalp or forehead and base of your neck. I do this alot. I use straight lavender this way if I have to leave for work, or if I'm short on time.
Lavender bath- I turn off the lights and light a couple of candles. Before I begin my bath, I rub a few drops of lavender on the base of my neck and on the temples and forehead. I fill the bathtub with nice hot water. Drop about 8 to 10 drops of lavender oil in the bath and relax. Breath deeply and slowly. Breath in to the count of 4 through the nose, hold a few seconds, and exhale through the mouth to the count of 4. Closing the eyes and visualize the headache relaxing and seeping into the water or evaporating in smoke. Massage the base of the neck and the the forehead and temples.
A hot bath is relaxing and helps you fall to sleep, a lukewarm bath is refreshing.
Rub some lavender and lotion or lavender and carrier oil on your big toe. No, I'm not pulling your leg. The great toe is the area of reflexology that relates to the head.
A massage to the neck, temples and shoulders really helps when you have a headache and goes miles in relaxing those awful tense muscles. If you can get someone to massage you, great! If not just massage the neck, head, and forehead. Maybe you can even rub your toes. They're reflexology points for the head. When I get a bad headache, I'll try anything that works!
Most essentials have to be diluted for safe use. Lavender is the exception to the rule.
Massage Oil for Migraine
Massage Oil for Headache Relief
This is the combination I use. I also use this without the carrier oils in a diffuser to inhale. The peppermint and lavender also help the nausea that sometimes come with the headaches.
Inhalation and headache relief- For tension headaches you can try breathing in lavender. Try a couple of drops on a tissue and inhale. Or use a diffuser. Put a few drops on your pillow or shirt collar. I use this way a lot. I especially like to use the diffuser.
A cold compress with lavender across the forehead helps to provide relief. Use 4 or 5 drops of lavender to a bowl of ice water. Apply to forehead and back of neck. Leave in place until it becomes body temperature and reapply if needed. Some people prefer a warm compress , so try whatever feels right to you.
Hot footbaths or soaking hands will help some headaches by dilating the blood vessels on your feet instead of the head. soak your hands or feet in hot water with 3 or 4 drops of lavender essential oil in it.
Here is another foot soak that uses a herb blend. Heat 2 cups of water, add 1 tbs. lavender flowers, 1 tbs. chamomile flowers. Steep this for at least a hour. reheat and add enough water to soak your feet. Lavender oil is much quicker and easier.
Lavender was used as far back as 1098 for headache relief. It helps nausea, tension, and is a analgesic (pain killer).
See precautions, if you're pregnant. There are essential oils you shouldn't use if pregnant, or shouldn't use in the first 3 months. Lavender should not be used in the first 3 months, but is okay after that.
This is not to replace medical attention. If you have chronic or severe headaches you should see your doctor. This is just alternative things to try.