How Essential Oils Work

Knowing how oils work allows you to choose something effective. Every oil is unique and below is a look at just a few oils and how they provide relief.

Peppermint Oil

Studies have shown that this oil is excellent for tension headaches. Menthol is the main active component in peppermint and is a potent analgesic. This simply means that it reduces pain and tackles inflammation. Use a roll-on peppermint oil on your temples and enjoy the relief. Blend this oil with others and get an even better effect.

Lavender Oil

Lavender essential oil works in an interesting way to relieve headaches. First, it can prevent the onset of migraine headaches as well as decrease the intensity of the same. Lavender works by soothing the nervous system with its sedative effect. The oil reduces inflammation and elevates serotonin in the body. Those who have aches due to tension and anxiety can get fast relief as well.

Cajeput Oil

Cajeput essential oil has pain-masking abilities. The active element responsible for this is cineole. Applying it topically causes a slight irritation and warmth on the skin. This effect misleads nerve endings in skin and in turn masks pain. In addition to headaches, it works well for toothaches and joint pain. Eucalyptus is an oil that works the same way. Cajeput oil blends well with rosemary, eucalyptus and chamomile. These oils boost relaxation to leave you pain free.

As you can see, essential oils work in two main ways to relieve headaches. They work through aromatherapy to curb tension headaches and by confusing pain receptors to mask pain. Making your very own roll-on essential oil for headaches and migraines at home is pretty easy as guided below.