are many ways to turn the ancient healing art of Aromatherapy into your own
everyday alchemy. Here, in the first of Aquinelle's articles on healing with
essential oils, we share the top aromas for headache relief.
Aromatherapy has been practiced for
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What Is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy, or Essential Oil therapy, is the art and science of
using naturally extracted aromatic plant essences to balance, harmonize and
promote a healthy body, mind and spirit. And though many may consider it
new-agey - it's not new at all. Its origins date back to nearly 3,000 years
before Christ when early Egyptians used incense in religious temple ceremonies
to honor their gods. They also preserved the bodies of the deceased in precious
oils so powerful that in the 17th
European doctors purchased and distilled these mummies to concoct potent new
From Egypt the practice traveled east to Israel, China, India and the
Mediterranean where the Romans employed Greek physicians and military surgeons
in the art of essential oil therapy. After the fall of the Roman Empire, it
made its way to the Arab world, thus the roots of Essential Oil therapy can be
found in the ancient healing practices of all world cultures, with each
developing a unique set of practices and applications.
For centuries, essential oils were the only available remedies for diseases,
and during the Black Plague, those who worked in perfumeries and the glove
industries where the oils were used did not become ill. However, with the onset
of modern science in the 19th
century, all forms of herbal
medicine virtually disappeared until the early 1900s when the French chemist,
Rene-Marie Gatefosse revived the art in 1937, calling it Aromatherapy.
Today, Aromatherapy is used in hospitals, offices and clinics, and DIY home
therapy is accessible to anybody who would like to give it a try. As the
practice has progressed, it is being used as a holistic approach to emotional
health and well being with some of the most sought after applications being to
reduce the effects of stress and restore overall balance to mind and body.
Inhaling the aromas from essential oils is believed to stimulate brain
function, positively enhance mood and increase cognitive function. These oils
can also be applied directly to the skin to travel through the bloodstream and
promote whole-body healing.
Ease Your Headache With Aromatherapy
Headaches can be triggered by a host of factors. From noise to stress,
exertion, dehydration, lack of sleep, allergies, certain medicines and foods -
even overindulging in a night of drinking. Most of us are lucky enough to
experience only infrequent discomfort, but sufferers of more serious chronic
conditions like migraines can also find relief from a throbbing head by
incorporating aromatherapy and essential oils into their pain relief regimen.
Always consult your doctor first; however, if the frequency and severity of
your head pain is not stemming from a more serious condition requiring the
attention of a specialist, the next time you feel a headache coming on, reach
for these must-have essential oils instead of reaching for the nearest bottle
of ibuprofen. They're a welcome addition to the well-stocked bathroom cabinet,
and can be used for a variety of other healthy body and home care recipes.
Recommended Oils For HeadachesTry these oils on their own or combine the aromas that appeal to
Rose oil supports healthy stress response and can help comfort and
soothe the nervous system. It's an excellent choice for calming emotional
upset, insomnia and depression.
A go-to stress reliever. The analgesic effect of lavender oil calms the body
and mind creating a relaxing effect on the central nervous system, making it an
effective treatment for headaches and migraines.
Melissa oil calms the nerves in your brain, helping ease the pain caused by
headaches and migraines. It also reduces the symptoms of colds and flus by
relieving congestion and calming a cough.
Chamomile oil encourages whole body relaxation - calming the mind, muscles
and nerves. It relaxes irritability, depression, nervous tension and anger
making it an effective remedy for tension headaches.
Peppermint is a refreshing and uplifting oil that reduces mental fatigue and
improves concentration. It is a great tonic for the digestive system, making it
helpful for gastric-based headaches. The menthol in peppermint also helps clear
the respiratory tract, easing symptoms of sinus blockage and other cold
symptoms that can bring on a headache.
Eucalyptus oil is an expectorant and helps cleanse your body of toxins and harmful
microorganisms that can make you feel sick. It also opens airways and
eliminates sinus pressure that can lead to headaches, while promoting emotional
balance and boosting mood - relaxing effects that can be beneficial to those
suffering from tension headaches or migraine attacks.
Rosemary is used to treat headaches and poor circulation because of its
stimulating, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It has a calming
effect and improves alertness and reduces stress and emotional triggers than
can cause headaches.
Inhalation Method: For tension headaches and migraines, inhale a few drops of any of
the following oils from a tissue, a portable inhaler or add them to
a diffuser (less effective).
Steam Inhalation Method:If you're congested and stuffed up, try a decongestant oil to help
ease headaches that are accompanied by cold symptoms. Add 2-3 drops of the
following oil(s) into a bowl of steaming hot water, cover your head with a
towel and inhale deeply for 5-10 minutes.
Temple Application Method:
simple way to treat headaches is to gently rub a drop or two of your preferred
essential oil into the temples and relax.
A firm neck and shoulder massage is particularly effective for
relaxing tension headaches. Use 4 to 5 drops each of the following oils
combined in your favorite carrier oil (argan, coconut, jojoba, grapeseed, etc.)
Give Yourself (Or Receive) A Neck Or Shoulder Massage
Apply An Aromatherapy-Enhanced Cold Compress
For strenuous headaches that tire and strain your eyes, apply a
cold compress to the forehead or back of neck. Simply soak a washcloth or hand
towel in cold water with a few drops of the following oils:
Enjoy A Relaxing And Aromatic BathBaths can effectively ease tension and melt away headaches and
migraines. Try adding some of the following oils (no more than 10 drops total)
to your bath, then shut your eyes and relax.
Make Some Simple Lifestyle Adjustments
Remember, aromatherapy remedies work best when you get to the
source of your headache symptoms, which are often deep rooted and may include
food allergies, internal and hormonal imbalances, sleep disorders, nutritional
deficiencies and other conditions. Making some simple adjustments can help you
get more relief and put you on the road to less frequent headaches.
Add a drop or two of peppermint, lemon or orange oil to your water
for flavor and
Get Your Zzz's
Sleep quantity and quality can also play a significant role
in developing headaches and migraines. Getting too little rest - or
even too much - can bring on headaches.
Plus, if you're already
suffering with a headache or migraine you're at a disadvantage when trying to
Set A Sleep Schedule
Even if you don't sleep a whole eight hours, use this time for relaxation.
If you have to do some activity simply read, follow your breathing or reflect
positively on your day.
The next time you feel a headache coming on, try aromatherapy to
relieve your symptoms. And remember, Aquinelle Toilet Tissue Mist
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