Relieving Headaches with Aromatherapy

These are stressful times that we are living in, and many people unfortunately bear the witness of this by suffering from headaches. Headaches are caused by a number of different reasons. In fact, often times headaches are a sign of something else that may be taking place in the body. For example, an infection in the jaw or an impacted tooth can result in a headache. Stress, tension, and anxiety can result in painful headaches. Sometimes the source of the headache is an allergy or sinus pressure that results in what is known as a sinus headache. Straining the eyes can also cause headaches, and this is very common with those who work with small print, computer screens, or fine detailed objects.

Those who work with loud noises also suffer from headaches; these include construction workers and even elementary teachers. Some headaches are migraine, and though they are excruciatingly painful, there is no known cause for the headache.

The most common choice of remedy for headache is Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, and Aspirin. For those who suffer frequent headaches the thought of taking “medicine” daily may not be very appealing. If the headache is caused by an allergy or a sinus infection, treating the source of the infection and clearing it up will help prevent future headaches.

Headaches resulting from eyestrain may signify the need for a visit to the eye doctor. In fact, if you were glasses and are suffering from frequent headaches, it may be a sign to have your eyes checked; you may need a stronger prescription. Just as your headache may signify a visit to the eye doctor, it may also be a warning that you should visit the dentist. If you are having trouble with your teeth, then you may have discovered the cause of your headache! For those whose work requires a strong demand on the eyes, it is helpful to take frequent breaks from the task at hand and to literally “palm” the eyes. Just use the palm of your hands to gently massage the eye area while the eyes are closed. This will help relieve some of the stress from the eyes. If your work requires you to sit in front of a computer screen, make sure to take frequent breaks and to get up and walk around.

Headaches should not be ignored, and any time that you have a persistent headache you should seek the advice of a medical professional. Headaches may be the result of an underlying, yet serious medical condition that needs treatment immediately.

Aromatherapy however, is very beneficial in treating many headaches. It is also a preferable alternative to high doses of aspirin. Aspirin thins the blood and can lead to stomach irritation and other dangerous side effects. A wonderful treatment for headaches is to create massage oil using Basil and Rosemary essential oils. Add 5 drops of Basil and 5 drops of Rosemary to 1 ounce of carrier oil, such as Sweet Almond. Use this massage oil at the temples and across the forehead when you feel the first signs of a headache.