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Essential Oils — An Effective and Healthy Option to Treat Headaches

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  • Headaches account for approximately 8 million doctor visits each year and may affect nearly 90 percent of people around the world at some point during their lifetime, ranking globally as the third costliest illness
  • There are 24 different major types of headaches; the most common are tension headaches, cluster headaches and migraines
  • Certain essential oils, inhaled or massaged onto your skin, may help reduce the immediate pain of a headache and may be used as a preventive measure to help reduce stress and anxiety, induce sleep and reduce depression
  • Consider tracking your headaches to determine your individual triggers, such as foods, sleep deprivation, blue light and vitamin deficiencies; addressing these may reduce your frequency and intensity

By Dr. Mercola

Headaches are a common complaint, suffered by 45 million Americans each year, or nearly 17 percent of the population. They also are the most common medical complaints accounting for 8 million doctor visits each year. Less severe, but not less frustrating, are tension headaches, affecting up to 90 percent of all people at some point during their lifetime.

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