Migraine is a neurological condition where the person experiencing it has altered bodily perceptions, severe throbbing headaches, and nausea among other equally debilitating symptoms. Migraines can be caused by a large array of reasons ranging from exposure to sun, hunger, and hormonal disturbances. Aromatherapy massages provide effective relief in the long run and even during an episode. Here is a brief overview on the oils that can be used to tackle it and the procedure that is followed by aromatherapists to massage a migraineur to help tackle the condition:
The aromatherapy massage will use a mixture of the top, middle and base note oils in a carrier oil. All the three oils mentioned below should have two drops each in two ounces of suitable carrier oil
TOP NOTE OIL: Basil oil. It helps headaches and is a general tonic and helps nervous states as well as is anti-spasmodic.
Contraindications: It is a skin irritant and a mild emmenagogue.
MIDDLE NOTE OIL: Chamomile oil. This oil helps us relax. It is a good analgesic, nervine, and sedative tonic. It is also an anti-inflammatory and helps dilated blood vessels contract. It is hepatic, vulnerary and stomachic and will thus ease the associated symptoms of migraines.
Contraindications: It is to be avoided in pregnancy.
BASE NOTE OIL: Rose oil. It is a nervine, sedative, tonic oil and is also anti-spasmodic.
Contraindications: It is to be avoided in the first three months of pregnancy.
CARRIER OIL: Sesame oil.
This means the essential oil mix will contain two drops each of basil oil, chamomile oil and rose oil, mixed in two ounces of sesame oil.
1. A towel will be placed to keep the rest of your body warm and comfortable.
2. The movements used in the massage will basically be of the effleurage type (light gliding strokes, circling and feathering).
3. The massage will begin from the front of your head progressing to the back of your head. The therapist will be using both his or her hands to alternating gliding strokes and circular movements.