complementary/alternative treatments

Essential oils: Lavender

A study in European Neurology found_inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches._ in their study..png

I have been cultivating different ways to manage the pain during the day. Being intractable means I have to go full throttle on other methods. Use what you have available to you. Now lavender isn’t my favorite scent for an essential oil, but I like mixing it with Sage. There is some research behind lavender which is interesting. (As I mentioned earlier in the week I rather like peppermint as well for nausea).

This is the study I mentioned:

METHODS:

Forty-seven patients with definite diagnosis of migraine headache were divided into cases and controls. Cases inhaled lavender essential oil for 15 min, whereas the control group used liquid paraffin for the same time period. Patients were asked to record their headache severity and associated symptoms in 30-min intervals for a total of 2 h. We matched the two groups for key confounding factors.

RESULTS:

The mean reduction of headache severity in cases was 3.6 ± 2.8 based on Visual Analogue Scale score. The reduction was 1.6 ± 1.6 in controls. This difference between the controls and cases was statistically significant with p < 0.0001. From 129 headache attacks in cases, 92 responded entirely or partially to lavender. In the control group, 32 out of 68 recorded headache attacks responded to placebo. The percentage of responders was significantly higher in the lavender group than the placebo group (p = 0.001).

CONCLUSION:

The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches.

Pretty good response rate to the lavender over the placebo. Not a bad reduction as well. When you think about reduction, I would have expected less, but this is decent. I would have preferred a larger samples size, but I always say that with these tests. If it isn’t a drug, the sample size tends to be lower.

The Journal of herbal medicine also did a study, longer in duration. Double-blind. Reporting a reduction in frequency and severity.

There is no cure for migraine, but preventive treatments are usually applied to reduce the frequency and severity of headache attacks. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of lavender as a prophylactic therapy for migraine in a randomized controlled clinical trial. This double-blind and placebo-controlled study was conducted over a period of three months. Patients were assessed for migraine impact at the baseline and at the end of the study, using the Migraine Disability Assessment Scores (MIDAS) questionnaire. In the case group, after three months of lavender therapy, the MIDAS score was reduced. The reduction in MIDAS score was significant (P < 0.05), when compared to the baseline and also control group. During the treatment, participants did not report any complaints or side effects. The results of this present study report that the frequency and severity of migraine incidents were reduced in those participants using lavender therapy during the three month trial.

It is one of the recommended aromatherapy migraine essential oils for your repertoire to try. I like the research. It makes me pleased there was some positive results for it. Mainly because if I believe there is positive effects, it will increase the positive effects I will experience. Just like belief in a medication working, increases its chances of working. So I take these results as a positive indication that lavender is a nice scent to add to my repertoire because it could do good things.

Here is an article to get you started on aromatherapy for migraines I use more than a few on the list myself. But lavender I am trying out specifically when I have a migraine and seeing if can be one of the ones that helps me manage the migraine.

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