Aromas for Healing Headaches

essential oil2 300x240 Aromas for Healing HeadachesThe following list identifies the essential oils commonly used to treat headaches, their special qualities, and their yin or yang predisposition.

  • Cardamom—A yang scent with a sweet and spicy aroma, cardamom helps relieve headaches and strengthen the entire body.
  • Chamomile—The flowers of the English (also called Roman) chamomile plant have a gentle sedative action that relaxes the body and is useful for relieving tension headaches, irritability, depression, and anxiety. Chamomile also relaxes the smooth muscles of the intestine, making it a good remedy for migraine-related nausea. A cup of chamomile tea before bedtime can help lull you to sleep, but the aroma is also very effective in a warm bath. Chamomile is a yin aroma.
  • Lavender—Well-known for its ability to encourage relaxation, ease muscle spasms, relieve pain, lift depression, and tone the nervous system, lavender (a yang aroma) is a popular remedy for headaches and migraines, as well as the anxiety and insomnia that often accompany them.
  • Marjoram—As popular with chefs as it is with aromatherapists, this savory yang scent is used to relieve tension headaches, migraine headaches, and the resultant insomnia.
  • Peppermint—A yang aroma, peppermint is able to relieve pain, prevent muscle spasms that can contribute to tension headaches, and strengthen the nervous system.
  • Rose—An antidepressant with sedative and general tonic properties, rose is a yin aroma used for PMS headaches and insomnia.
  • Rosemary—An early favorite of European herbalists, this yang aroma is useful for treating hangover headaches, improving circulation, and strengthening blood vessels.

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