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Headaches? Not with these 4 essential oils for headaches!

by Andrea Butje on March 11, 2019

Headaches? Not with these 4 essential oils!Some of your essential oil friends heard that you sometimes get headaches.

Specifically, Frankincense, Lemon, Black Spruce, and Hemlock—and they all have ideas for how to calm your headaches down. (These are 4 amazing essential oils for headaches!)

Frankincense wants to burn some incense for you and create a peaceful, meditative space.

Lemon wants to brighten your spirits and calm your inflammation.

Black Spruce and Hemlock want to take you on a nice relaxing walk through the woods. (Spending time in nature can often help us feel so much better!)

They all “put their heads together” and decided to merge their ideas into one by making you a headache inhaler. It’s the perfect solution, because even though all four oils are unique, they share some common talents, like calming inflammation, releasing muscle tension, and helping you breathe deeply.

“Happy Head” Aroma Inhaler

  • 6 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 3 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 4 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • 2 drops Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

Happy Head Aroma Inhaler

Making an Aromatherapy inhaler is a simple process. I demonstrate it for you in this YouTube video, and I’ll describe it for you here too.

An inhaler has a few “parts”—a piece of cotton that absorbs essential oil, a plastic “sleeve” to hold the cotton, and a cap to close it all up. All you have to do is drop the essential oils onto the cotton, slide it into the sleeve, and snap on the cap. Then there’s a lid that fits right over the sleeve. Ta-da! You just made an Aromatherapy inhaler!

An inhaler is about the size of a lip balm tube, and you can take it anywhere with you. So convenient!

How can inhaling essential oils for headaches calm the pain?

At their core, most headaches are basically muscle tension in and around the head (especially the muscles of the scalp and face).

This inhaler helps to relax muscle tension, calm inflammation, and inspire deep breathing. The more deeply and steadily you can breathe, the more your body has access to relaxation. It also soothes your nervous system, replacing tense energy with peaceful, uplifted feelings.

Using essential oils for headaches caused by stress can be especially helpful. You can think of a stress headache as a cycle . . . stress leads to a headache. The pain leads to more stress, which leads to more headache . . . you get the idea! This inhaler helps calm both the physical and emotional aspects of that cycle.

This inhaler has a beautiful aroma—the Hemlock and Black Spruce offer a background of foresty scent, while the Lemon and Frankincense add bright and balsamic notes. Enjoy!

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Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: essential oils for headaches, natural remedy for tension headache, essential oils for pain, essential oils for muscle tension

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