When your head hurts, the first thing you go for might be ibuprofen or tylenol. While this might provide temporary relief, what happens when you still can’t shake the pain? Another option for combating headache pain is with essential oils.

Essential oils are highly-concentrated liquids made from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. The use of essential oils can offer a wealth of health benefits such as stress relief and even help in improving circulation via sensory stimuli, or scent. And, essential oils can be used to treat headaches or migraines.

To use essential oils, some might need to be diluted in a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, or sweet almond oil. However, some might not require a carrier oil. If you do decide to use a carrier oil, add 5 drops to one ounce of carrier oil. In the infographic below, we have listed four essential oils to help with headache and migraine relief:

The use of essential oils can have numerous medicinal benefits when used correctly, and can significantly help relieve headaches and migraines. Remember though, with essential oils, a little goes a long way, so 1-3 drops will do the trick.

If your headaches or migraines continue to remain persistent and interfere with your life, contact Dr. Mayoor Patel of Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Center of Georgia. Together we can find the underlying cause to your headache and migraine pain.