Natural relief for migraines

When someone suffers a migraine or headache, they are ready to try anything that may help.

Sometimes the solution is very simple. A cold compress with a drop of peppermint essential oil may do the job. This is what brings my mother relief. Her health condition does not allow her to use medication and I introduced her to a compress with a drop of peppermint essential oil.

When someone asks me for help, I need to find out about what causes the pain and what can be a trigger.  One of my customers, when I met her, suffered a migraine almost daily. I had long conversations with her about what might have been a cause. Fortunately, she liked the aromas of the essential oils with natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory qualities. I offered her one of my existing blends and it gave her an immediate relief so that she carried the bottle in her pocket ever since.

Some sufferers are not able to tolerate the smell of essential oils or anybody touching their head while they have a migraine. In this case it is advised to use aromatherapy oils in massage regularly for relaxation as a prevention i.e. before they get the migraine.

I am working with a customer who experiences migraine after inhaling definite smells. We sat down and tried different essential oils and blends and found out which essential oils work for her. She diffuses essential oils regularly and totally enjoys the experience. Also we chose the oils for her own bespoke massage blend. 

As you can see everyone is different, has different causes and triggers. And, therefore, treatments should be individual. Aromatherapy might have a solution for everyone. One and very important advice from me will be use less oils as little can go a long way. Essential oils are very potent as a lot of plant material is needed to distil a small amount of essential oil.

So, my answer to the question ‘Is there natural relief for migraine?’ is ‘Yes’

When we talk about migraines and headaches, we need to trace the immediate cause, such as fatigue, pollution, eye strain, tension, deficiencies, lifestyle.

Migraines are very uncomfortable and painful. It is also important to find out what triggers the pain.

Migraine is a vascular headache where ‘vascular’ means that the pain is related to the blood vessels.

Where does migraine originate?

Migraine is a headache that comes from outside the brain. The brain tissue does not have sensory nerves. Pain arises from its blood vessels.

Therefore, migraine is tension which is connected to the neck, eyes, teeth, or other structures.

Triggers for migraines

  • Injury to the head
  • Weather
  • Stress
  • Missing meals
  • Fluctuations in hormonal levels
  • Food allergies

As Migraine is often associated with stress, a regular massage to reduce muscular tension in the shoulders and neck will be a helpful preventative method.

One should not forget that in some cases migraine is linked with food allergies. Other triggers that may cause an attack are artificial lighting, chemicals, pollution or dehydration.

How to get rid of migraine without medication

If you enjoy essential oils, not troubled by their aromas, it might be helpful to apply a cold compress at the first onset of an attack. Make a compress with a drop of lavender and or peppermint essential oils and place it across your forehead. Change it as soon as it becomes warm. Massage your temples very gently with a drop of lavender essential oil.

Migraine can be due to restricted blood supply to the brain. In this case a warm or hot compress with a drop of Sweet Marjoram essential oil on the back of the neck may increase the blood flow to the head. Sweet Marjoram essential oil is a vasodilator (it may expand the blood vessels). Also, a light self-massage of the head upwards is very relaxing.

Aromatherapy oils may offer natural relief and relaxation. Here are the oils that might be of help as a natural relief for migraine:

Aromatherapy is effective in reducing pain, increasing blood circulation and most importantly relaxation.

You only need to find the essential oils that suits and helps you.

Learn more about Aromatherapy, get our Aromatherapy guide for beginners

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