Headaches

headacheHeadaches are areas of pain around the head. Some pain may start in the neck and then lead to pain around the head. Ways that a headache may be triggered include emotional distress, disease, or a blow to the head. There are many different types of headaches described. Below is a list of common headaches.

Tension Headache – This type of headache is the most common. It is described as a “tightness” felt in parts around the head. Common areas are the temples, back of neck, or the forehead. Causes range from food allergies to stress.

Chronic “daily” headaches – These are repeated tension headaches that show up daily.

Migraine Headache – This type of headache is much more painful than a tension headache. The pain ranges from moderate to severe throbbing sensation that can last hours to days. What triggers some migraines is still unknown but some say food allergies have been a trigger for a migraine headache.

Sinus Headache – When there is inflammation and swelling of the sinus cavity membranes pressure can be felt around the eyes, cheeks, and forehead where the cavities are located. The pressure in these areas can result in a sinus headache.

Cluster Headache – A type of severe headache that tends to recur over several weeks and in which the pain is usually limited to one side of the head. Cluster headaches occur in cyclical patterns or clusters, which gives the condition its name. Cluster headache is one of the most painful types of headache.Cluster headache commonly awakens you in the middle of the night with intense pain in or around one eye on one side of your head.

Bouts of frequent attacks, known as cluster periods, may last from weeks to months, usually followed by remission periods when the headache attacks stop completely. During remission, no headaches occur for months and sometimes even years.Fortunately, cluster headache is rare and not life-threatening. Treatments can help make cluster headache attacks shorter and less severe. (mayoclinic.com)

Hormone Headache – Changing hormone levels during menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause may result in headaches. This may also result from hormone changes with medications such as birth control pills.

Suggested Oils to Use

Frankincense, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary

Also consider: Basil, Clove, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Wintergreen

Suggested Ways to use

Tension Headache

– Rub 1 -2 drops of Peppermint oil on the forehead, temples, and/or the back of the neck.

Place 2 drops of peppermint and 2 drops of wintergreen in a cup and inhale.

Sinus Headache

– To relieve immediate pain Peppermint as described above will be helpful.

To relieve the sinus infection get a glass of warm water. Then add 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of Tea Tree Oil, and 2 drops of Rosemary to the glass of warm water. Using a Neti pot irrigate the nasal passages. A Neti pot is available at most drug stores.

More Severe Headache

– Use Peppermint as described above but follow with a a damp cool compress using a clean hand towel. Place the compress to the forehead while closing eyes laying down for a few minutes. Also apply on the back of neck for a few minutes. Be sure to keep the oils away from the eyes. Repeat as often as needed.

Try using other suggested essential oils for headaches with a compress or inhaling from a cup.