Headaches

headache

Several essential oils in the Basic Care Kit can ease headaches, but since headaches arise from a variety of causes, refer to all the sub-sections here before deciding which treatment is most appropriate.

General headache, with no apparent cause

Massage around the temples and the base of the skull, along the hairline, with 1 drop of the following combination of oils, diluted with 1 drop of carrier oil:

Basic blend for headache:

Lavender3 drops
Peppermint 1 drop1 drop

Other Essential Oils That Could Be Used to Treat This Condition: rosemary, chamomile roman, *rose otto (Rosa damascena), *marjoram, sweet (Origanum majorana), *coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum)

Gastric headache

This is often caused by eating the wrong foods. Mix 1 drop of cardamom oil with 1 teaspoon of honey dissolved in 3½ fl. oz. (100 mL) of warm water and filter through an unbleached paper coffee filter. Then add 2 teaspoons (10 mL) of the mixture to 1 small glass of warm water and sip.

Also, make up the following combination of essential oils to be used in several ways:

Basic blend for gastric headache:

Rosemary 1 drop
Peppermint 2 drops
Lavender 1 drop

Use 1 drop of the essential oil blend, diluted in 1 drop of carrier oil, to massage the back of the neck. Also, apply a further 1 drop of essential oil diluted in 1 drop of carrier oil over the upper abdomen. You could also either inhale 1 drop of the essential oil blend on a tissue, or use 3 drops in a steam inhalation.

Other Essential Oils That Could Be Used to Treat This Condition: chamomile roman, *ginger (Zingiber officinale), *coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum), *spearmint (Mentha spicata), *basil linalol (Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool)

Nervous Headache/Tension Headache

Massage around the base of the skull, along the hairline, with 1 drop of the following combination of essential oils, diluted with 1 drop of carrier oil:

Basic blend for headache nervous/tension headache:

Lavender 3 drops
Chamomile roman 1 drop

Also massage over the solar plexus (upper abdomen) in a clockwise directionusing the following oil:

Geranium 1 drop
Lemon 2 drops
Lavender 3 drops
Blend for massage

Blend together and then dilute by adding 3–5 drops to each teaspoon (5 mL) of carrier oil.

Other Essential Oils That Could Be Used to Treat This Condition: rosemary, cardamom, *ginger (Zingiber officinale)

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