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Essential Oils That Could Help Your Headaches

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  • Headaches, particularly migraine headaches, are experienced by 37 million people in the U.S., vary in duration from four to 72 hours and can be triggered by stress, hormonal changes and lack of sleep
  • Sufferers often mention throbbing temples, pain behind their eyes, sensitivity to light and sounds, and nausea; some use terms like being “hit in the head by a semi”
  • Medical practitioners have used numerous ways to get rid of or at least relieve the pain of headaches, but essential oils offer real relief, often without side effects and without being addictive
  • One way to determine which type of oil is best depends on what’s causing your headaches, whether it’s lack of sleep, stress, inflammation or physical problems such as chronic sinusitis
  • There are different ways to use essential oils for relieving headaches, including a few drops in tea, applying or massaging the oil (or oils) directly to the problem spots, and inhaling the steamy fragrance

By Dr. Mercola

For people who experience the worst type of headache — migraines — one might describe them as something like being forced to go on a long, impromptu bus trip during a lightning storm while wearing a helmet that's way too tight, the stereo is set on deafening and all the energy you've got is spent trying to hold your stomach together. Migraine headaches result from specific changes in the brain, and the pain almost always focuses itself on one side of your head, causing a "pounding" sensation that gets worse with physical exertion.

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