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Aromatherapy for Headache 

By Janet Cohen

Headache is a condition of pain in the head. Sometimes neck or upper back pain may also be interpreted as a headache. Most people with headaches can feel much better by making lifestyle changes, learning ways to relax, and occasionally by taking medications. There are two types of headaches: primary headaches and secondary headaches. Primary headache accounts for about 90% of all headaches. There are three types of primary headache: tension headache, cluster headache, and migraineTension headache is the most common type of primary headache. Episodes usually begin in middle age and are often associated with the stresses, anxiety, and depression. Cluster headaches occur daily over a period of weeks, sometimes months.

Migraine headaches are the second most common type of primary headache. An estimated 28 million people in the United States (about 12% of the population) will experience migraine headaches. Migraine is a neurological disease that can cause a wide range of symptoms during an attack. Attacks are often recurrent and tend to become less severe as the migraine sufferer ages. Secondary headaches are caused by associated disease. The associated disease may be minor or serious and life threatening. When headaches occur three or more times a month, preventive treatment is usually recommended. Regular exercise, such as swimming or vigorous walking, can also reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches. Aromatherapy is an alternative treatment for reducing any type of headaches.

Essential oils such as Camomile, Rosemary, Peppermint and Lavender are used to treat symptoms of headaches. Use lavender and rosemary oils in a blend to relieve the stiff neck so often associated with a headache. Apply massage oil to the forehead, to the base of the skull and to the both sides of temples using circular pressure with fingertips. One must massage with rose oil in facial oil to lift the spirit, relieve from a headache and calm the nerves. The essential oil from ginger is useful in fighting the nausea of migraine headaches. Never rub the eyes after using any essential oils. If one gets essential oil in the eye, rinse them very well with cold water. Use rose oil in your next facial oil to calm your nerves, lift your spirit and relieve your headache.

Headache is a condition of pain in the head sometimes neck or upper back pain may also be interpreted as a headache.

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