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Lavender Oil for Migraines

Lavender oil for migranes
Lavender oil for migranes

Using Lavender Oil for migraines or headaches? you may be looking for new ways to treat them. Recent research suggests that lavender may alleviate migraines. There are several ways to use lavender, so you can choose the route that best suits your needs. Keep reading for more on how to use this home remedy.

Migraines are more than just a simple headache. They’re moderate to severe headaches that include multiple stages. Often, migraines are recurring. More than 12 percent of the population gets migraine headaches.

Migraines occur in people of all ages. Triggers can include:

  • light
  • smells
  • loud sounds
  • fatigue
  • stress
  • food
  • weather changes
  • medications
  • caffeine
  • hormonal changes in women

What causes a migraine?

Stages of a migraine

There are four stages of migraines:

  • During the prodromal stage, there are subtle changes in your body that indicate a migraine may be on its way. These vary by person and may include a twitch, ringing in the ears, or a strange taste in the mouth.
  • An aura can occur before or during a migraine. The most common symptom is loss of vision or other visual disturbances. Some people may not experience symptoms.
  • The attack phase is when you experience the migraine. It can manifest as throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head. This may last anywhere from four to 72 hours.
  • The postdromal phase is the end of a migraine. You may feel depleted or a sense of euphoria in some cases.

If you experience migraines, you should speak with your doctor. Together, you can determine the best course of action to alleviate your symptoms.

Symptoms of a migraine

  • Mood and sleep disorders
  • “Brain fog” reduces cognitive function – short term memory loss, inability to recall words or to multi-task
  • Temperature regulation
  • Difficulty in understanding what people are saying.
  • Facial pressure (across the eyes, cheeks, bridge of the nose)
  • Double pressure sensation
  • Sharp pain on one side of the face
  • Unexplained burning tongue or mouth
  • Unexplained tooth pain
  • Pain combing hair, sensitivity to touch wearing jewelry and/or tight fitting clothing (allodynia)
  • Widespread pain and tenderness, chronic muscle pain, spasms or tightness and fatigue (fibromyalgia)
  • Mood and sleep disorders
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Difficulty in cognition
  • Fatigue
  • Temperature regulation
  • Burning, stinging or pain in the vaginal region (vulvodynia)
  • Frequent need to urinate, often with pelvic pain (neurogenic hypersensitivity as part of interstitial cystitis)
  • Chronic widespread pain and tenderness (fibromyalgia)
  • An unexplained dry persistent cough (neurogenic cough)
  • Abdominal pain and bloating, associated with bowel movements (Irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Nausea, vomiting, belching, bloating, abdominal discomfort (gastroparesis)
  • Unexplained abdominal pain – with anorexia, nausea, vomiting and pallor – and no symptoms between attacks (abdominal migraine)
  • Vomiting four times per hour with no symptoms between attacks and no other explanation (cyclic vomiting syndrome)
  • Inconsolable crying, tense abdominal muscles, clenched fists and curled legs, often after eating in babies (colic)

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How Lavender Can Help Migraines

There’s new evidence that the use of lavender oil can treat migraines. A study in European NeurologyTrusted Source looked at the inhalation of lavender essential oils to treat migraines. The study concluded that inhaling lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe way to relieve migraine pain.

Lavender extract - Essential oils for hair
Lavender extract – Essential oils for hair

2012 study suggests that the inhalation of lavender essential oil can be a safe and effective treatment to manage migraine headaches.

Before giving lavender to an infant or young child, you should speak with your doctor. They can provide further guidance on whether this is the best treatment.

Adults can inhale lavender essential oil for quick relief. To do this, add 2 to 4 drops of oil to 2 to 3 cups of boiling water. Then, inhale the vapors. You can also massage a few drops into the skin.

Make sure you consult with your doctor before trying any alternative remedies to relieve your migraines.

Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic, antihypertensive, antimicrobial, analgesic agent as well as a wound healing accelerator. We have studied for the first time the efficacy of lavender essential oil inhalation for the treatment of migraine in a placebo-controlled clinical trial.

Indeed, recent research supports how it can help relieve migraine attacks as an alternative migraine treatment.  A 2012 study conducted by Iranian and German scientists and published in the medical journal European Neurology concluded that “inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches.”

They evaluated 47 patients with a definite diagnosis of migraine headaches, giving half a dose of 15 minutes lavender essential oil inhalation, and the other half liquid parrafin to inhale.

So, lavender essential oil works better than the placebo as as alternative migraine treatment.  Like every other treatment, it doesn’t work on every person or for every migraine, but it’s worth a try.

How to take Lavender Oil for migaines

Essential oils can be used in one of three ways: aromatically, topically or internally.

Aromatically: Just smelling the aroma of an oil can create a response in the brain that will elicit emotions and internal benefits. Some will create an invigorating or uplifting effect. Others will create calming or soothing feelings. This empowers you to be able to choose the oil for your desired health outcome.

Topically: Essential oils easily penetrate the skin and offer benefits not only to the area applied but once they’re absorbed into the bloodstream, they can have therapeutic benefits to your body overall.

Internally: Some essential oils can be taken internally via veggie capsules, a drop under the tongue or on the roof of the mouth, or even in beverages and in cooking. Before taking essential oils internally, I strongly suggest connecting with someone who is familiar with essentials oils and can properly guide you on internal use.

One study on essential oils and migraine concluded that, “Inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches.”

Adults can inhale lavender essential oil for quick relief. To do this, add 2 to 4 drops of oil to 2 to 3 cups of boiling water. Then, inhale the vapors. You can also massage a few drops into the skin.