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Headaches: essential oils to the rescue

Maux de tête : les huiles essentielles à la rescousse

A clinical study shows that peppermint Essential Oil is as effective as a dose of 1 gram of Paracetamol in relieving headaches linked to nervous tension*.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), headaches linked to nervous tension are pains that affect more than 80% of the population of industrialized countries. This is the nervous tension headache, a headache secondary to psychogenic factors which are mainly dominated by stress, fatigue and anxiety. Most often, patients treat themselves by taking painkillers such as paracetamol. However, you can also opt for a natural alternative and use Essential Oil for headaches.

The causes of headaches and migraines

Physical causes

To know when to use Essential Oil for headaches, here are the main physical symptoms to identify in adults:

  • Tension in the neck;
  • Bad posture ;
  • Eye fatigue or poor eyesight;
  • Stiffness of all kinds;
  • Teeth ache ;
  • Dehydration.

Alcohol abuse and its impact on metabolism is also a major cause of headaches.

Infectious causes

Infectious causes can also lead to pain in the head and neck. Flu, rhinitis and other ENT disorders can cause head pain, often associated with fever and some drowsiness.

Do not let evil take hold by taking rest

When the headache begins, you should ideally stop your activity and relax, lie down in a quiet, dark room and try to sleep. A cold compress on the back of the neck or a warm bath can also help reduce pain. But we know that it is sometimes difficult to implement this in our hectic lives, especially for a headache often perceived as benign by those around us. This is the reason why Essential Oil for headaches can become a real daily ally.

The advantage of Essential Oils? A 100% natural remedy

Essential Oil for headaches has soothing properties and stimulates blood circulation to oxygenate your brain and reduce compression of the forehead, temples, and neck. This anti-migraine solution also offers a much more subtle action.

Since headaches have extremely variable origins, a simple painkiller does not always succeed in relieving them. While using essential oils to calm a headache will allow you to act as close as possible to its cause or origin. Even better: targeting and combining several essential oils in a mixture, in well-defined doses, allows you to combine different properties necessary to avoid headaches. The plant active ingredients then work in synergy for maximum efficiency on your system.

Which Essential Oil for headache?

Peppermint Essential Oil thanks to its lively and fresh effect, it offers rapid relief and a feeling of immediate well-being. Simply massage 1 pure drop onto the temples, away from the corner of the eye, 3 or 4 times a day if necessary. In a few minutes, the first effects should be felt. However, pregnant women and young children should strictly avoid this essential oil.

Organic Exotic Basil Essential Oil also helps relieve muscle tension and pain, while fragrant Wintergreen Essential Oil provides anti-inflammatory action.

If you are looking for a natural remedy for your headaches, Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil can be your ally. Its skin application is simple: dilute one drop of this essential oil with four drops of a vegetable oil of your choice. Gently massage this preparation onto the painful area. You can repeat this action every hour until the headaches subside.

The multiple virtues of lavandin essential oil include anti-inflammatory, analgesic, local anesthetic, soothing, anxiolytic and sedative properties. However, it is its effectiveness in reducing headaches that particularly sets it apart. Often recommended to relieve headaches, it is also appreciated for its ability to soothe stress and anxiety, providing a natural source of comfort and serenity.

A few drops of anti-headache essential oils are also very effective against stress, thanks to the action of the aromatic molecules which compose them and which have a calming effect on the nervous system, but also by the power of their smell on our brain.

The essential oils of Little Grain of Bigarade, Lemongrass, Lavandin super (lavender), chamomile or Ylang Ylang can, added to the essential oils mentioned above, promote the relief of pain.

Be careful though: if you don't like the smell of an essential oil, don't force yourself. This is the magic of nature: each individual is unique and so is the subtle alchemy that binds them to the essential oil. Treating yourself with essential oils means taking care of yourself naturally, and returning to listening to yourself! Do not hesitate to consult our article on olfactotherapy to form your own opinion.

*parameters. Cephalalgia 1994 Jun; 14 (3): 228-34; Gobel H, Schmidt G, Soyka D. Effect of peppermint and eucalyptus oil preparations on neurophysiological and experimental algesimetric headache Kopfschmerzes vom Spannungstyp (in German). Nervenarzt 1996. Aug; 67 (8): 672-81.


L’Huile Essentielle d’Eucalyptus Radié : un trésor venu d’Australie

Les aborigènes utilisent les feuilles d’eucalyptus depuis des temps immémoriaux directement sur leurs plaies pour les panser. Ils avaient déjà compris le grand pouvoir antiviral et stimulant immunitaire de l’Eucalyptus radié. L’Huile essentielle possède bien sûr ces vertus, mais se révèle surtout très utile en cas de grippe, bronchite et autre maladie hivernale.

Aromatherapy to the aid of medicine

Dominique Baudoux, the founder of Pranarôm, has managed for 25 years to restore the nobility of essential oils thanks to the creation of a real research laboratory, HECT and HACT labels, but also thanks to training and information. This is why he travels the globe to answer everyone's questions. Visionary and passionate, he gives us some thoughts on the future of aromatherapy. Why reach the general public about the future of scientific aromatherapy? After 25 years of teaching aromatherapy to health professionals around the world and as many testimonies of their superb activities, we can say that essential oils are known to everyone thanks to their immediate effectiveness in many areas. They appeal to a lot of consumers who are tempted to engage in self-medication with these plant quintessences. There is, therefore, a real need to guide these uses through the dissemination of quality information to perceive all the benefits without experiencing side effects. Are Essential Oils really so effective that they could be considered medicines? Let us point out from the outset that old medications only contained Essential Oils as active ingredients before they gave way to chemically synthesized molecules. It is thanks to new analytical technologies that the mechanisms of action of the molecules contained in essential oils are today very well known to us. It is no longer simply a question of empiricism but of a real science whose success is coming to light in areas where the medical world is awaiting solutions. Are you saying that Essential Oils could replace medicines? Although this possibility exists, we must not lose sight of all the benefits provided by synthetic drugs. There is no point in choosing between all-synthetic and all-natural, but rather consider the day when essential oils will be combined with medicine to reduce the harmful side effects and overcome the disease more easily. Aromatherapy will then be a complementary therapeutic means. Essential oils alone already represent a remarkable alternative treatment to medications if the patient expresses the wish. What are the areas affected by scientific aromatherapy? New viral pathologies, the numerous autoimmune pathologies, the increasing resistance of microbes, diseases linked to pollution, etc. force the therapist to innovate and to research what would be useful and effective in these situations for which the medical world is currently without answers. Aromatherapy today provides very credible solutions thanks to research, publications, clinical studies and our rigorous and rational approach. Why this message to the consumer? The future of scientific aromatherapy is the future of medicine. Collective awareness of the benefit of essential oils in supporting the patient is essential to provide improved well-being and an additional effective means of taking care of their health.