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Migraine headaches make everyday life difficult. The pain, sensitivity to light, and nausea make it hard to function. But with essential oils you can reduce the pain and get your day back again!
Discovering the reason for the migraines is important so you can deal with the root cause, but while you’re working on that, you can use essential oils for migraine headache relief.
In this post we are looking at two migraine essential oil recipes that can help deal with the symptoms of migraine headaches.
The Best Essential Oils for Migraines
Essential oils can’t heal migraines, but they can help you deal with the symptoms of migraine headaches.
In fact, I used to get debilitating migraines ever since I was a teenager. But thanks to these essential oil blends, I no longer have migraines on a weekly basis.
There are many essential oils that work well (especially when you combine a few and make a migraine headache blend).
When you’re looking the different options of essential oils for migraines, think about the reasons you need the oil.
Look for essential oils that provide relief from the pain and inflammation caused by the migraine, or essential oils that provide a sense of calming and soothing or tension and stress relief.
And also consider adding an essential oil that will provide nausea relief and calm any digestive upsets caused by such a severe headache.
Here are my top choices for the best essential oils for migraines:
- Basil Linalool – for pain and inflammation and tension and stress relief
- Roman Chamomile – for pain and inflammation and calming and soothing
- Lavender – for calming and soothing
- Marjoram Sweet – for pain and inflammation
- Peppermint – for nausea, pain and inflammation, and a refreshing, cooling feel
- Cedarwood Atlas – for pain and inflammation and calming and soothing the nerves and digestive system
- Copaiba – for pain and inflammation and calming digestive upset
- Frankincense – for pain and inflammation and calming
How to use Essential Oils for Migraines
Now that you know which essential oils to choose for migraine relief, how do you use them?
This is when it’s time to use an essential oil migraine recipe or blend.
There are two types of blends you can use for migraines: an aromatic blend that you inhale and a topical blend that you can apply directly to your head or neck to provide pain relief.
An aromatic blend can provide calming to nerves and digestion and help soothe while the roll-on blend can help reduce pain and inflammation and provide calming and soothing to muscles and the nervous system.
Migraine Inhaler Blend Recipe
Let’s start with the aromatic blend – we’ll be using an aromatherapy inhaler (which provides intense and direct relief).
This blend will provide pain relief, calm and soothe the nerves and any accompanying nausea.
Add the following drops to the wick of an inhaler:
5 drops Frankincense
3 drops Cedarwood
5 drops Roman Chamomile
2 drops Peppermint
Replace the wick in the inhaler tube and add the cover. Be sure to add a label too!
This blend is perfectly safe for adults and kids ages 6+.
To use the inhaler, take off the cap, place the inhaler directly beneath the nose and inhale deeply a few times. Start using the inhaler at the first sign of a migraine and continue to use until the symptoms subside.
Learn more: How to use an essential oil inhaler
Once you’ve made your migraine inhaler recipe, it’s time to tackle a roll-on blend.
Roll-on Blend for Migraines
Roll-ons are a great choice – all you need to do is open the bottle and roll on the pre-diluted blend (no messy hands!). This blend combines some oils to provide pain relief, reduce inflammation, and provide calming and soothing.
Add the essential oil to a 10ml roll-on bottle and fill with a carrier oil:
Use 15 drops for a 5% dilution:
2 drops Frankincense
5 drops Copaiba
4 drops Marjoram Sweet
4 drops Roman Chamomile
Use 30 drops for a 10% dilution:
4 drops Frankincense
10 drops Copaiba
8 drops Marjoram Sweet
8 drops Roman Chamomile
Use 60 drops for a 20% dilution:
8 drops Frankincense
20 drops Copaiba
16 drops Marjoram Sweet
16 drops Roman Chamomile
After adding the appropriate number of drops to the 10ml bottle, add the roll-on top, cap, and a label.
Learn more about carrier oils in this article.
For your first blend, start with 5% and work your way up until you find the dilution that works to relieve the migraine pain. These are for short term application – essential oils at these dilution rates shouldn’t be applied every day because of the risk of developing skin sensitivities or reactions.
How to Apply the Migraine Blends
Now that you have your two essential oil migraine blends, they are ready to be used whenever you feel a migraine coming on. Here’s the basic process you can follow:
At the first sign of a migraine, start using the inhaler – taking a few deep breaths every 10 minutes or so. If possible, find a quiet dark space and close your eyes and rest for a few minutes while using the inhaler.
If that doesn’t stop the migraine, apply the blend to your shoulders, head, and neck. If you think the migraine will be quite severe, add a cold compress (simply a cloth soaked in cold water) to your head or neck as well and be sure to rest in a dark and quiet space. If the pain hasn’t reduced, reapply the blend in 20-minute increments.
Start with the 5% dilution for the topical blend, and if you discover that’s not providing the relief you need, double the number of drops of essential oil for a 10% blend and try again.
If that’s still not working for you, double the 10% number of drops (60 drops total) for a 20% dilution.
Just remember — these amounts of essential oil are for short-term use only. You don’t want to apply 10% or 20% dilutions every day or you’ll put yourself at risk of developing a sensitivity to the oils.
If you don’t want to deal with creating your own essential oil blends here are two pre-made blends that you can use for migraines:
A few more migraine FAQs
There are a few other things to be aware of. Migraines can be triggered by sensitivity to scents so it is possible that the fragrance of the essential oils may make things worse. It’s important to choose high-quality essential oils and not just fragrance oils (which are much more likely to cause a reaction).
If your migraines aren’t triggered by scents, it’s still important to exercise some caution. Essential oils can trigger headaches and other reactions when they are overused or applied undiluted.
If you are diffusing essential oils, there’s no need to run the diffuser for more than 20-30 minutes.
And always use a carrier oil to dilute your essential oils — they should only be applied neat (undiluted) in a few instances – and headaches or migraines isn’t one of those reasons.
Finally, it’s important to consult a doctor to find the reason for the migraines.
I used to suffer from migraines terribly when I was a teenager and young adult. But since using essential oils I haven’t had a migraine since.
It’s important to discover what triggers your migraines and find ways to avoid those triggers.
If you’d like to continue your research, here are a few more articles that discuss using essential oils for migraine headaches: