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Aromatherapy Oils Treat Headaches, Earache, Toothache

Aug 23, 2010

Kate Le Page

Lavender Compress Helps Treat Headaches – m@rg lavender

Lavender Compress Helps Treat Headaches – m@rg lavender

Aromatherapy uses essential oils such as lavender for treating headaches, German chamomile for earache and clove oil for toothache.

Essential oils have been used in the practice of aromatherapy for hundreds of years, while the use of oils to treat health problems goes back as far as Biblical times. When various aches and pains find you reaching for the medicine cabinet, it is well worth considering using aromatherapy for a natural approach to pain relief.

Relieve Headaches with Aromatherapy Oils

Headaches can leave you feeling absolutely rotten, with many headaches being related to stress, anxiety, depression and hormonal imbalances, as well as due to food allergies. Thankfully, there are a variety of aromatherapy treatments which may help. In The Aromatherapy Bible, Farrer-Halls (2005) highlights some key aromatherapy essential oils used in the treatment of headaches, to include the following:

lavender compress – provides pain relief

peppermint compress – helps ease pain

lemon balm herbal tea – calming, soothing properties

chamomile tea – calms stress headaches

marjoram neck massage – ideal for stress/tension headaches

In The Essential Oils Handbook, Harding (2008) recommends further essential oils which may helpful on alleviating headaches, to include as follows:

agnus castus – ideal for premenstrual headaches

linden blossom absolute – relieves stress-related headaches

violet leaf absolute – reduces frontal stress headache pain

Essential Oils Treat Earache

While some earaches may be mild, others will be likely to benefit from medical care, as for ear infections antibiotics may be necessary. Simple ways to treat earache, as recognised by Farrer-Halls (2005) through the use of essential oils, include the following:

hot lavender compress – to outside of ear

hot German chamomile compress – to outside of ear

chamomile tea – soothing, calming, harmonizes with chamomile oil

Avoid sticking anything in the ear, as this may simply worsen any possible infection. If symptoms persist or worsen, it is important to always seek medical advice from the family doctor.

Aromatherapy for Toothache

While any toothache or gum irritation will likely require a trip to the dentist, when one is on holiday or unable to get an emergency appointment, there are essential oils which may help with the pain. One particular essential oil, known as clove oil, according to Harding (2008), is used within dentistry to provide antiseptic pain relief. Clove oil is not only a powerful disinfectant, but also is a natural form of analgesic.

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Another aromatherapy treatment for toothache, as identified by Farrer-Halls (2005) involves applying a hot compress to the outside of the face, near the affected area. Two forms of essential oils, namely Roman chamomile and German chamomile oil are recommended for this purpose.

As highlighted above, aromatherapy may be used to treat a whole range of aches and pains, in addition to mental stress, anxiety, depression and poor immunity. Headaches and earache respond well to lavender compress, while toothache treatment involves using clove and chamomile essential oils.


Farrer-Halls, G. (2005) The Aromatherapy Bible London: Godsfield Press

Harding, J. (2008) The Essential Oils Handbook London: Duncan Baird

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.

Copyright Kate Le Page. Contact the author to obtain permission for republication.

Kate Henning, JS

Kate Le Page – Kate Henning-Le Page writes about eating disorders, body image and recovery issues. She specializes in anorexia recovery.

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