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Migraine Awareness Week and Aromatherapy


August 31 2015

Peppermint oil

Rub a drop of peppermint oil into your temples as it can create a cooling sensation when it comes in contact with the skin. May calm nerves, clear your nasal passages and help to relax muscles of the head and neck if massaged into skin in an emulsifier.  Using essential oils you would need to use an emulsifier if applied to the skin. Base products like – lotion, moisturiser, carrier oil etc.

Lavender oil

Put a drop of lavender oil on a tissue and place it onto your pillow at night. This can help help relieve insomnia, anxiety and stress which can all contribute to headaches/migraines.

Eucalyptus oil

Place a few drops of eucalyptus oil into a bowl of steaming water and inhale deeply. Like peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil can soothe, relax muscles and clear nasal passages.All of these essential oils can be used in either a hot or cold compress.

Simply add 3 drops of essential oils to a face cloth that has either been warmed or cooled in water and place it onto your forehead when a headache or migraine starts to form.

Applying both cold and hot compresses to manage migraine headaches may be helpful, according to a 2006 study published by the Oxford University Press. Ice or cold therapy makes your blood vessels constrict and calms inflammation. This can reduce the pressure in your head, which will ease your pain. Cold compresses also have a natural numbing effect. In contrast, warm compresses will relax your muscles. If your headaches are caused by tension in the jaw, neck or shoulders, applying heat relaxes tight muscles and eases your pain. Heat tends to relax you all over, which can help to manage stress as well. It is important to know what type of headache you have and its trigger. If you are dealing with a lot of inflammation, avoid a warm compress. Heat will open the blood vessels and increase blood flow, which will create even more pressure. If your headaches are due to tight muscles, a cold compress may tighten them even more.

Heat and cold compresses can come in many forms. Gel packs can be stored in your freezer or heated in the microwave. You can just use a towel that is soaked with hot or cold water. There are compresses made of cloth that contain beads or rice that are freezer and microwave safe as well. You may also want to try a hot or cold compress that contains herbs or homoeopathic oils that promote relaxation.