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How to Use Peppermint Essential Oil

Essential oils have been part of my migraine management toolkit for years.

I haven’t found essential oils to be effective in getting me out of a debilitating migraine. However, I have found them incredibly helpful to “take the edge” off my bad migraines and sometimes even stop a smaller migraine from progressing further.

Use high-quality essential oils

The biggest lesson learned over the years was to use high-quality essential oils. Many of the essential oils on the store shelves are fragrant chemicals that not only don’t have therapeutic effects but the chemicals can actually trigger a headache.

So, if you’re venturing into the essential oil world for the first time, make sure you choose a high-quality pure essential oil. Next, understand that each oil has unique properties.

Two important notes

Peppermint essential oil, for example, has been studied for migraines has two important things to know about applying it.

Use a carrier oil

If you have sensitive skin, it’s helpful to apply it with a carrier oil. It can help to reduce the chances of skin irritation. Many people believe that using a carrier oil can also make it more effective.

Use peppermint oil last when layering

Also, if you are layering essential oils – applying more than one essential oil to the same area of the body – use the peppermint oil last. It is sometimes referred to as a “driving oil,” suggesting that it can help increase the body’s ability to absorb the essential oils applied underneath it.

Have you used essential oils for migraine?

Using essential oils is a personal preference, but in my experience, they truly have been a great tool for migraine management over the years.

What’s your experience with essential oils? If you have a favorite essential oil, please share that below too!

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