Essential oils are often used at home for aromatherapies which are believed to offer various health benefits. However, a number of studies show that specific essential oils may be beneficial for treating headaches. Here are 5 best essential oils for a headache:
Lavender oil — a study in 2012 suggested that inhalation of this oil can be a safe and effective treatment to manage migraine headaches.
Rosemary oil — a 2008 study finds that this oil has anti-inflammatory and pain-killing properties.
Peppermint oil — a 2015 review of studies states that applying peppermint oil to the temples and forehead provides relief from tension headaches.
Chamomile oil — a 2012 research demonstrated that chamomile oil may improve some of the symptoms of anxiety and depression. It also may help treat headaches.
Eucalyptus oil — a 2013 study from China finds that this oil was effective for relieving pain and lowering blood pressure.
A new study by the researchers from University of California San Diego School of Medicine suggests that people who suffer from a migraine carry a significantly greater number of mouth bacteria, which modify nitrates.
In their study, the scientists analyzed bacteria in the mouths of 172 oral samples and 1,996 fecal samples taken from the patients taking part in the study. Before that, all participants completed a survey about suffering from migraines.
Antonio Gonzalez, the first author of the research, explains: “There is this idea out there that certain foods trigger migraines – chocolate, wine, and especially foods containing nitrated.”
If you frequently suffer from migraine attacks, you should clarify if you drink too much coffee, colas and other caffeinated beverages. Caffeine is a strong diuretic, so it contributes to dehydration, which also provokes headaches.
Gorgonzola, Camembert and Cheddar are extremely popular kinds of cheese. However, they are real provocateurs of migraine. The cause is tyramine substance which is formed during the destruction of proteins.
Hotdog, sausage, ham and other meat products, trapped in the store by not caring hands of eco-farmers, often include a substance designed to extend the life of the product. One of them is a dangerous sodium nitrate, which causes biochemical changes in the brain. Headache is a lesser evil that this substance can bring to our body.
Bananas, chocolate and nuts
In order to understand whether the cause of your headache this or that product, physicians are advised to keep a special diary. When you feel the symptoms of migraine or headache write in a notebook the foods that you used previously.
Most dried fruits such as prunes, figs, and apricots include the preservative sulfites. Check labels carefully to avoid this sneaky migraine trigger.
All kind of beans (string beans, navy beans, kidney beans, lima beans) can be potentional headache triggers. The tannin in beans is thought to be the culprit.
It touches all pickled foods – cucumbers, eggs, beats, olives, vegetables, peppers etc.
A recent study, performed by the team of researchers from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, suggests that a number of youngsters suffer from migraines due to the vitamin deficiency. Still, authors note further studies are needed to know whether vitamin supplementation will be effective in the treatment of the headache disorder.
For this study, the researchers examined migraine patients who were kids, teens and youngsters. The participants received treatment for the condition at the Headache Center. During the study, the scientists have found that many of the patients had mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin, and coenzyme Q10.
The authors of the research said: “Girls and young women were more likely than boys and young men to have coenzyme Q10 deficiencies. Boys and young men were more likely to have vitamin D deficiencies.”
The results of the study also show that deficiencies of coenzyme Q10 and riboflavin were found more in people with chronic migraines compared to those with episodic migraine sufferers.