There is an essential oil that is sometimes used to treat migraine and headache, and yet I don’t think we’ve ever talked about it here.
I was recently reminded of this essential oil because of a report from The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). They reported that this oil was actually effective in easing menstrual pain.
If menstrual pain – could it be used for headache?
Indeed it could – and has been. This oil has been used for a number of conditions related to headache and migraine as well, including anxiety and depression. It can also be used on the skin (many essential oils can’t be used directly on the skin, or must be diluted with other oils. However, it is still wise to either dilute or carefully test rose oil first). It’s used to moisten skin and prevent acne, among other things.
So what could possibly be better than an essential oil that could be massaged into the temples, that would help relax you and improve your mood and help your skin, and even fight headache?
And it gets better before it gets worse. This is not an obscure scent – it’s one that has been used for a very long time – in the art of romance. Yes, it may actually be an aphrodisiac.
So what is this amazing treatment we’ve never talked about?
It’s a form of rose oil. In particular, it’s rosa damascena (the Damascus Rose). It’s sold as “100% pure rose otto”.
So why won’t this become a popular migraine treatment? Go and look for yourself – click the link: rose otto essential oil. Go ahead, just take a look.
Yes, that’s 0.12oz – a little over 3.5ml.
For those who didn’t click the link, the key point here is that rose otto oil may be great, but it’s expensive. Very.
Now you do have other options, but the benefit may or may not be there. You can get a diluted version, or a type called rose absolute which is not considered a therapeutic essential oil because of the way it’s extracted. However, these are obviously much cheaper options, so if there’s no way you’re going with rose otto, you could try one of the others (and then ask for rose otto for Valentine’s day).
There are other oils, made from other parts of the rose or other varieties, but they’re a whole different thing.
On the bright side, you obviously don’t need to use a lot of rose otto at a time. Remember, one single drop of this oil was made with about 60 roses!
Though this will never be the next big treatment, some are using it and claiming success. If you’ve tried rose otto (or another rose oil), let us know!
Read more about The Benefits of Rose Essential Oil
Also see Aromatherapy headache solutions and Peppermint Oil for Headache?