If you automatically grab for an over the counter remedy for headaches you're not alone. But if you're keen on taking a more natural route, you might be surprised how effective essential oils can be.
From a psychological point of view essential oils go straight to our emotional centre to help alleviate tension and stress. And from a purely physical point of view our sense of smell - or olfactory system - delivers sensory data directly to the brain, where it immediately impacts the brain's nerves and blood vessels.
Essential oils that are best for temporary headache relief include Lavender (which also relieves anxiety), and Peppermint, with its cooling, astringent effect.