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Essential oil for Headaches

by Barbi
(Hants, UK)

Hello, I am wondering if it is OK to use an essential oil to help relieve severe headaches, which are have been preciptated the use of GTN (glyceryl trinitrate) prescribed for angina (along with several other drugs). The headaches are very severe and last up to five hours.

I was thinking of lavender on a tissue?

Can you tell me if this would be safe, or whether an alternative oil would be better? Thanks very much for your time.

Hi Barbi Thanks for your question. It is very important that you check with your prescribing practitioner FIRST before using an essential oils.

If I were you, I would also talk to your health practitioner about the severe side effects that you are experiencing from the medication. They may be able to suggest an alternative for you.

If you get the all clear from your GP or specialist, and it is ok to use essential oils, it is very important that you only use the purest quality essential oils, otherwise they could make the headache worse.

Some essential oils may contain additives, preservatives, isolated (and potentially hazardous) compounds such as limonene and linalool, pesticide and herbicide residues etc.

Once you know you have a great quality essential oil, here is the recipe I use for headaches. My 14 year old son used to suffer from severe headaches, but using this recipe, the severity and number of he has a headache has greatly reduced.

My Essential Oil for Headaches Recipe.

  • I place 3 drops of Valor* essential oil blend on the back of my neck, at the base of my skull.
  • Then, I place one drop of lavender essential oil(divided onto each index finger) and rub in a clockwise direction on the temples, making sure to avoid the eyes.
  • Lastly, I place one drop of peppermint essential oil into the palm of my hands, rub together and then close my eyes (to avoid the peppermint fumes) cup over my nose and mouth and breathe...

After about 5 minutes, the headache has usually completely gone!

*Young Living Essential Oil Blend

As always, I only use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils, as they are guaranteed for their purity. Please visit my store to obtain the best quality, therapetic-grade essential oils.

I wish you the best of health and happiness.

Essential Oil Goddess

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Jan 21, 2013
Thank you for this!! It worked for me too!!!!
by: Julie M

Wonderful recipe!!

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