Science Supports Lavender for Migraines

Migraines are not like regular headaches. They are more intense, last longer, and typically happen frequently. While the cause of migraines varies, they are notably worsened by light, sound, smell, or activity. The National Headache Foundation estimates that nearly 12 percent of the population experience migraine headaches. This means that nearly 40 million people in the United States have migraines. Women are about three times more likely than men to experience migraines. [1]

Migraines have a tendency to run in families. As many as four out of five people with migraine have a family history of migraines. If one parent has a history of migraines, the child has a 50 percent chance of developing migraines, and if both parents have a history of migraines, the risk jumps to 75 percent. [1]

There is a growing need for natural therapies to combat the pain associated with migraines. Lavender essential oil has always been noted for it's ability to relieve headaches, but recent science now supports it!

A 2012 placebo controlled trial in Iran suggested that "inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches." [2]

"From 129 headache attacks in cases, 92 responded entirely or partially to lavender. In the control group, 32 out of 68 recorded headache attacks responded to placebo. The percentage of responders was significantly higher in the lavender group than the placebo group."

 

This study showed that 71% of lavender users were successful compared to 47% in the placebo group.

How to use lavender oil for headache

Inhalation was the method studied for migraine relief, but it's hard not to inhale lavender oil during any application. Personally I like to use lavender oil in both my skincare routine and in a diffuser so I'm hands free. Simply use lavender bath & body products or place a few drops in a diffuser or warm bath.

You can also try ingesting lavender oil by cooking with it or drinking it, even eating our lavender jam may help.

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Disclaimer: This is not a substitute for medical advice or mental health advice. If you are struggling with your mental health, natural therapies may not be powerful enough for you, so be sure to seek professional help from a Doctor.

 

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