HEADACHES

ESSENTIAL OILS

Peppermint. Improves circulation and reduces pain.

Lavender. Reduces muscle tension; used as a mood stabilizer, sedative and effective migraine remedy.

Eucalyptus. Opens nasal airways; eliminates sinus pressure that can lead to headaches.

Rosemary. Stimulating, anti-inflammatory and analgesic.

Research
A 2012 study measured the results of inhaling lavender oil for 15 minutes. The 47 participants were asked to record the effects every half hour, for two hours. Out of 129 headache attacks, 92 responded positively to the lavender oil remedy.

Home Remedy
Headache Ease. Rub a mixture of peppermint oil, lavender oil and a carrier oil on your temples, chest and the back of your neck. Before washing your hands after application, cup your hands and breathe in deeply for several minutes.

Background
Headaches are an extremely common ailment that affects millions of people across the globe. It has been estimated that up to three-quarters of adults have had a headache at least once within the last year. A headache is a good indicator that the body is missing something—it may be the result of dehydration, nutrient deficiency or a food sensitivity that is causing this built-up tension. A multitude of headache triggers exist, including stress, fatigue, allergies, eyestrain, poor posture, alcohol or drugs, low blood sugar, hormones, constipation and nutritional deficiencies. The most severe form of a headache is known as a migraine, which can cause vision disturbance and vomiting.

Suggested Supplements

» Magnesium. Migraine sufferers have lower levels of magnesium both during and between attacks compared with healthy individuals.

» Feverfew. Reduces the frequency of migraine headaches and headache symptoms, including pain, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and noise.