Essential Oils for Migraine

Essential oils beat migraine drugs


Next time a headache strikes, even a migraine, skip the aspirin and reach for an essential oil. Clinical trials show, for example, that essential oil of lavender relieves migraine pain and accompanying symptoms by 72 percent. In comparison, the Migraine Treatment Group reports that Tylenol helps migraines about 50 percent of the time. Ibuprofen works 57 percent of the time. And Imitrex, a drug often prescribed by doctors for migraine relief, is effective only 59 percent of the time.   A 2012 study conducted by the School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology, at Iran’s Mashad University of Medical Sciences, enrolled 47 diagnosed migraine patients and randomly assigned them to one of two groups. Trial subjects were told to apply two to three drops of essential lavender oil onto their upper lip, inhale it for 15-minutes and then score the severity of their headache pain every 30 minutes for the next two hours. (Control subjects received similar instructions but were given a placebo to inhale).

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John Montague DC is the owner of WebVitamins. He is active in the industry and is currently president of the NPA East.


  1. There are many essential oils that can help benefit a migraine headache. There are essential oils that have pain reducing actions as topical analgesics ( black pepper, juniper, myrrh, peppermint) and those that strengthen overall vein integrity: vasoconstriction and vasodilation (Fir, Cypress, Spruce).

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