5 Essential Oils to Combat Headaches & Migraines

By Heidi Kiddle

Headaches and migraines always occur at the worst possible times – when you're stuck in traffic, working late, or trying to enjoy a nice evening out. Here's our short list of the 5 best essential oils to help combat head pain:

1. Lavandin Essential Oil

Lavandula x intermedia

Lavandin, the hybrid of true lavender and spike lavender, has a similar soothing scent as lavender and may help you find relief from headaches and migraines, too. Add a few drops to a bath or your diffuser to help you relax after a long day. 


2. Grapefruit Essential Oil

Citrus paradisi

Did you know liver congestion can cause headaches? After a night of one two many alcoholic beverages, you might find relief with Grapefruit essential oil, a nervous system and liver tonic. We recommend putting a few drops in a diffuser to breathe in the healing properties and get your mind and body functioning properly. 


3. Peppermint Essential Oil

Mentha piperita

The strong aroma of Peppermint may send a much-needed boost to your nervous system to help you clear your mind in times of stress and provide you relief from head pain. Add to your diffuser, apply diluted to forehead, temples, and the back of your neck, or just inhale straight from the bottle. Pro tip: Try out our Peppermint essential oil rollerball for easier application!


4. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus globulus

No bath is complete without Eucalyptus oil. Add a few drops to your routine bath. Perfect for when you need to relax, clear your sinuses, or get rid of a headache or migraine.


5. Basil Essential Oil

Occimum basilicum CT linalool

For those times you feel a little out of whack and need to find a sense of calm, Basil essential oil is here for you. It’s a restorative pain reliever that might just get your mind and body back in sync. Add to a warm bath, diffuser, or breathe in using steam inhalation.

Let us know in the comments below how these essential oils helped relief your headache or migraine!

*Please note: The suggested applications need to be appropriately diluted - please refer to our UpNature eBooks for more in-depth information on safety and applications. 

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