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A migraine headache is one of the most painful headaches you can experience.Migraine headaches are a result of specific changes within the brain, which causes severe head pain.The severe pain usually occurs on one side of the head. Some people describe it as a “pounding” feeling, and it may be made worse with physical exertion. In some cases, people may experience pain on both sides of the head. Other common symptoms include eye pain, sensitivity to light or sound, nausea and vomiting.The exact cause of migraines is not known, but they can be triggered by many factors like hormonal changes, stress, strong stimuli like loud noises and certain foods.Migraine headaches typically last from 4 to 72 hours and vary in frequency from daily to less than once per year. In the U.S., more than 37 million people suffer from migraines (1).According to 2015 report by the American Headache Society, the prevalence of migraine headaches is high, affecting roughly 1 out of every 7 Americans annually.Migraines and headaches are leading causes of outpatient and emergency department visits and remain an important public health problem, particularly among women during their reproductive years (2).To deal with migraine headaches, people often opt for over-the-counter or prescribed painkillers. But swallowing pills is not always a good solution, as it can cause side effects.Instead of medicines, you can use essential oils to get relief from migraine pain.Here are some essential oils you can use to treat migraines. Note: Pregnant women should consult their doctor before using any essential oils.1. Peppermint Essential OilPeppermint oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils to treat migraine headaches.It contains menthol, which can help muscles relax and ease pain. A 2015 study published in Frontiers in Neurology found that a topical gel with 6 percent menthol decreased pain intensity after two hours (3).Another 2015 review published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine suggested that peppermint oil may work for headaches (4).Plus, peppermint essential oil can help ease nausea associated with migraine headaches.Dilute 2 or 3 drops of peppermint oil with 1 or 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and rub it on your shoulders, forehead and the back of your neck.Also, you can put a few drops of peppermint oil in a diffuser to diffuse the oil into the air.2. Lavender Essential OilLavender oil also helps alleviate headaches and migraines, due to its anti-inflammatory nature. It also dilates the blood vessels.It even improves sleep and reduces stress, two common triggers of migraine attacks.A study published in European Neurology in 2012 suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches (5).A 2013 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine also suggests that inhalation o