Essential Oils To Alleviate Headaches

Essential oils for headache

If you’ve ever suffered from a headache you know how debilitating it can be.

Depending on the type of headache you have, it can cause throbbing pain and sensitivity to light and sound among other reactions.

Essential oils alleviate headache

A headache can last for hours to days, and the pain can be even severe enough to interfere with daily activities.

Known Triggers For A Headache

For many people, causes of headaches or triggers are related too

•Dehydration
•High Blood Pressure
•Tight Muscles in Neck and Shoulders
•Reaction To Food Additives
•Medication
•Chemicals That Trigger Inflammation in the Blood Vessels

Headache medicationsAccording to WebMD, not only medicines you take, but also changes in your hormones, lack of sleep, lack of food, can be triggers for a headache.

Ten percent (10%) of migraine suffers are due too tyramine, a natural compound that forms in protein rich foods as they age.

Essential Oils To Help Relieve Your Headache

Researchers have identified that the best essential oils for a headache are lavender, rosemary, chamomile, peppermint, and eucalyptus oils (Source: The Effectiveness of Aromatherapy in Reducing Pain).

According to the journal Pain Research and Treatment, aromatherapy essential oils that are good for headaches work in two ways.

First, the pain-relieving oils are absorbed through the skin and help to release muscle pain and tension.

Second, the aromas of certain essential oils can result in immediate pain reduction when inhaled.

Researchers have also found that some essential oils are good for headaches because they help cool the skin and increase blood flow to the affected area.

This has an analgesic effect when essential oil blends are applied to the temples.

Lavender

Lavender essential oil headache

Lavender emits a scent that encourages relaxation and is great for stress-related headaches. 

Lavender was used as far back as the year 1098 for headache relief. It also helps relieve nausea, tension, and is a analgesic or pain killer.

Medical studies found that 74% of volunteers who suffer from headaches and migraines found relief using lavender.

The study reported that lavender oil helped 75% of the time, were as high dose Tylenol only worked 15% of the time.

Peppermint

For hundreds of years the aroma and cooling properties of peppermint has been used as a headache remedy.

Scientific research has revealed that using peppermint oil for a headache could be as effective as paracetamol.

One study showed that a 10% peppermint essential oil blend helped to ease the intensity of headaches in 15 minutes.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is another easy-to-grow and fragrant herb that’s helpful to relieve tension and those headaches caused by anxiety.

It also acts as a mild sedative if your headache is preventing you from getting much-needed rest.

Sage and Rosemary

Sage and rosemary are excellent stress-headache relievers.

Rosemary can help to improve circulation and can stimulate the nerves – helping to relieve tension and cluster headaches.

Sages aroma as an essential oil can provide relief from tension and nerve-caused headaches.

Eucalayptus Oil

Several studies show that Eucalyptus as an essential oil has a unique anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect when applied topically.

It treats a headache by enhancing blood circulation around the temples and the affected areas, and as a result, relieves tension and pain.

How To Apply Essential Oils

You can use essential oils by themselves or as a blend to relieve pain and tension.

It is best to use these oils with a carrier oil such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil.

A carrier oil will dilute the essential oil, making it safe to apply to the skin.

Massage the oils into your temples, behind the ears, and at the top of your neck.

Do Not Consume Essential Oils

Always remember not to consume essential oils, as they are meant for external use only.

Stillpoint Aromatics points out that essential oils are volatile chemical cocktails consisting of hundreds of chemical components from ten or so chemical families. They are extremely concentrated.

As an example of extreme concentration is rose oil. For one distilled drop, it requires 40 to 60 roast petals.

Another example is the distilled oils of chamomile. One drop is equal to 35 cups of herbal tea.

Repeated consumption of essential oils can cause serious health conditions. Some effects include:

•Stomach irritation (This is the most common effect)
•Ulceration in mouth, esophageal tract, and stomach lining
•Severe allergic reaction
•Teeth enamel is worn away
•Seizure

Therefore essential oils have proven to be effective to reduce or eliminate the effects of a headache when used topically or externally.

Coffee-Grinding Tips and Facts

Coffee-Grinding Tips and Facts

 

The debate over whole beans versus ground beans will probably never be resolved. Here are some tips and facts about various kinds of grinds and the best use of each, and the pros and cons to using whole beans and using ground coffee.

1. Whole Beans – Pros and Cons

Whole coffee beans hold their flavor longer, because the essential oils within the bean are not exposed to air. Also grinding the coffee beans yourself, results in a fresher more flavorful cup of coffee. Whole beans also have a much longer shelf life, about ten times longer than pre-ground coffee, possibly making whole beans more economical.

Another advantage to whole beans is that you can choose the coarseness of the grind, depending on the results you’re aiming for. You will have to purchase a coffee grinder, though, and it will increase your preparation time.

2. Ground Coffee – Pros and Cons

As soon as coffee beans are ground, their essential oils, where the flavor and aroma are, become airborne. That’s why it smells so good! So naturally, those essential oils floating around in the air are not making it into your cup. Consequently, pre-ground coffee tends to be less fresh and flavorful.

If you tend to consume coffee quickly, however, pre-ground may work for you – sources say you have about nine days for ground coffee to retain its freshness after it’s opened. And of course, pre-ground coffee is faster to make and more convenient.

3. Grinding Coffee

How you grind your coffee makes a difference in how it tastes. Here are some tips to consider:

* How finely you grind your coffee determines its strength – finely-ground beans will yield a more concentrated, stronger flavor.

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Making Coffee with a French Press

* Coarse grinds work best for a press-style pot or French press.

 

* A medium grind works for the typical drip coffee maker, but within the medium grind range there are subtle differences that depend on the kind of filter you use.

* Fine grinds do well with espresso machines, and can often be used in drip makers too.

* Extra fine is solely for espresso, as are super-fine grinds. Super-fine can also be used in a Turkish coffee maker.

4. Alternative Brewing

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Boiled Greek Coffee

There are some interesting ways that coffee is brewed in various cultures and parts of the world. In Indonesia, coffee is brewed a bit like tea – hot water is poured over the grounds in the cup, and the coffee grounds slowly settle to the bottom while the coffee steeps and cools. If you use a very fine grind for this method, you’ll end up with what is known in the Middle East as “mud coffee.”

In Nordic countries and some Middle Eastern countries, coffee is sometimes boiled. This results in a bitterer brew.

Whether you buy whole beans or pre-ground, coffee is a more versatile beverage than you may have realized!

 

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Making Coffee with a French Press

Boiled Greek Coffee

 

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