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Aromatherapy for Muscle Tension and Headaches

by Andrea Butje on August 29, 2016

If you suffer from tension headaches, you know they often come with aching muscles.

I want to share a recipe that uses Aromatherapy for muscle tension and headache relief at the same time.

This recipe is really convenient because it’s made in an Aromatherapy inhaler. Most of the time when I’m using Aromatherapy for muscle tension, I’ll make a blend you can apply topically. It’s so soothing to massage sore muscles with a therapeutic body butter or oil. But you’re not always in a place where you can spend time massaging yourself (or someone else) with a blend. 

An inhaler is easy to use any time, any place. It’s the size of a lip balm tube, and it fits right in your pocket or bag.

One reason this inhaler recipe can be so helpful is because the oils have components that are useful for easing tension and pain. Inhaling the essential oils also calms your nervous system, increasing circulation and encouraging your muscles (including the muscles in your neck and scalp) to relax.

Muscle Tension and Headache Inhaler

  • 8 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)
  • 3 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 3 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 1 drop Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Have you ever made an Aromatherapy inhaler? If not, you can see me make one in a YouTube video by clicking here.

An inhaler consists of a little plastic sleeve with a cotton insert. The cotton absorbs the essential oils. A bottom piece snaps in place to keep the sleeve closed, and then there’s a lid that closes the whole thing up.

Good news! Aromatics International recently started carrying inhalers with organic wicks. You can buy them here.

I like to use my inhalers at the first signs of a tension headache or sore muscles. Several times an hour, I press the inhaler to my nostril, pinch the other nostril closed, and breathe deeply. I love it when several hours pass and I realize the pain has never set in!

Enjoy!

Head and Neck Pain Relief Oil

Owner/Instructor at Aromahead Institute
Aromahead Institute, owned by Andrea Butje, is a premier resource for online aromatherapy classes. Andrea offers her inspired approach to online aromatherapy certification through essential oil videos and original education materials. Check out her book, Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home, on Amazon!

Topics: aromatherapy inhaler, Recipes and Blends, essential oil inhalers, Muscle tension

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