List Of Essential Oils For Migraines For Quick Relief

By 26 January 2017

How to use essential oils for migraines

Many ways you can benefit from essential oils in relieving headaches and migraines. Look for the option most feasible for you. It is very important to dilute essential oils appropriately, and none should be taken internally. Essential oils evaporate in the air with varying speeds and intensities and are highly sensitive to heat and light. Therefore it is recommendable to keep them in dark brown bottles and store in cool places. Do not keep them in plastic bottles. Always use natural glass, clay or porcelain containers to store this pure gift of nature. Keep them air tight and never expose to sunlight.

Top 8 ways to use essential oils for migraines

Essential oil Diffusion for migraines

Diffusers disperse essential oils throughout the air, allowing them to dilute before being inhaled. This is a less potent method of inhalation and is pretty safe, even for children, as the only little amount of oil reaches the body. But it is crucial to select an oil that is safe to use with children, babies, and pets around (if you have), not every essential oil is that safe. Citrus oils are considered benign but always use with caution. Whereas, Eucalyptus is not an ideal oil to diffuse around children and pets.  Also keep in mind that your pets may not like those smells and may even show signs of discomfort. So diffuse these oils in open space so, if your cat or dog want to leave they have the opportunity to. Use a few drops of oil in a diffuser to create a soothing atmosphere which will aid in pain relief.

Essential oil Inhalation for migraines

As essential oils are highly volatile, when they are inhaled, the molecules reacts with the olfactory membranes in the nose, which is directly linked to the limbic system and hypothalamus in the brain. These two areas play a vital role in regulating emotions, mind, and body. You can inhale these oils in many ways, we are sharing the most simple and effective ones.

Simple inhalation

For nighttime migraines

You will need

  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops of chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops of marjoram essential oil

Put lavender, chamomile, and marjoram essential oils in an air tight glass bottle. Inhale directly from the bottle and close tightly after use. This would be very beneficial for nighttime migraines.

For daytime migraines

You will need

  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops of ginger essential oil

Put peppermint, eucalyptus, and ginger essential oil in an air tight glass bottle. Inhale directly from the bottle. Use this inhaler for daytime migraines. You can also put a drop of this on a tissue and inhale it.

Steam inhalation

Steam inhalation is particularly beneficial for migraines that are accompanied by sinuses and colds.

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You will need

  • 2-3 drops of lavender/peppermint essential oil or
  • 3-5 drops of rosewood essential oil
  • Bowl of hot steaming water

Add 2-3 drops of essential oils of lavender and/or peppermint in a bowl of hot steaming water. Stir well to disperse the oils. Lean your face over the steaming bowl and cover your head with a towel; keep eyes closed and inhale the steam for 2-3 minutes at a time. Repeat twice or three times if required.

Aromatic Candles for migraines

Aromatherapy candles are another great way to relieve a migraine pain. The glimmering light and the natural aroma wafting through the air can be really calming and soothing. Aromatherapy candles are available at stores but making your own candles can be inexpensive, easy, and the best thing is that you can add pure essential oils of your choice. Unless you use therapeutic good quality essential oils, these candles are useless, even could worsen the condition.

You will need

  • Thick glass jars
  • Candle wick
  • 3 pounds of organic beeswax, paraffin or soy wax
  • 5 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of clary sage essential oil
  • 5 drops rosewood essential oil
  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil

Chop your preferred wax with a blade cutter or a knife. I recommend soy wax, and for many reasons:  it is ecofriendly, renewable, it melts slowly and easy to clean. Now put it in a heat proof glass bowl; melt either in a microwave or using a double boiler.

Once the wax is completely melted, add in the essential oils and stir well. Personally, I like to use a lot of oil for a very strong scent. Use more or less depending on your preference or strength of the oil.

Add a little wax onto the bottom of the wick, and then place it at the bottom of the jar. Wrap the extra wick around the stick and rest it on top of the jar. Pour the wax into the jar and let it harden. It will turn from clear to white! Once the wax has dried, cut the remaining wick off. Lit this aromatherapy candle whenever you experience migraines.

Essential oil Massage for migraines

Massaging essential oil directly on the area of the pain is also quite effective in alleviating pain and discomfort of migraines. When these oils are applied directly to the skin, it is double effective, since the oil is absorbed into the blood stream.

You will need

  • 10 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 1 ounce of coconut/sweet almond oil/jojoba

Dilute rosemary essential oil in any of the above mentioned carrier oil and store it in an airtight glass container. Massage this oil on your temples, back of the neck and wrists.

You will need

  • 6 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 1/2 ounce of grape seed oil

Dilute peppermint essential oil with grape seed oil and store in an airtight glass bottle. Stir well before use. If you are experiencing migraine, apply this oil on both the temples, forehead, and wrists to reduce stress and tension.


Ashley is a housewife, dedicated mother of two kids and a passionate blogger. She loves to cook, travel and write. She has been writing about beauty, fitness, list of to-do things and lifestyle for past several years. So enjoy the good work.

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