Headache? Try Essential Oils.

by Andrea Butje on January 16, 2013

essential oils for headachesHeadaches can have different triggers. Sometimes it’s muscle tension, sometimes it’s emotional stress, other times it can be food related. One thing all headaches have in common is that we want the pain to leave. Fast.

In a previous blog post, I shared a way to use essential oils for headaches by blending Peppermint and Frankincense in Trauma Oil. I also shared how to make an inhaler with Rosewood or Eucalyptus. I still see great results with this approach.

Now I have a few more ways to use essential oils for headaches, based on what’s triggering the pain.

These are all inhaler recipes, so they’re easy to make, mess free, and easy to pop in your purse or pocket and carry around. You can keep them in your drawer at work, which is really convenient if your headaches tend to come on at the office.

Muscle Tension

6 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)
6 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
3 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Emotional Stress

5 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
5 drops Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia)
4 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
1 drop Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)


7 drops Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
5 drops Cardamom (Ellettaria cardamomum)
3 drops Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

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Cher Kore March 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

These are nice recipes. I also like to use Pine Needle essential oil for headaches. I mix it with either eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil and some lime essential oil. It is very clearing for sinus headaches.


Andrea Butje March 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm

That sounds great, eucalyptus and peppermint are also my go to oils for a headache.


Venice Brooks May 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

You post is informative, I have used Eucalyptus and have seen great result so I will apply some of your natural remedies personally and share with my friends.


Susan Druin June 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I love how all of your recipes are so simple! I suffer from frequent headaches and will definitely try these out! Thanks for all you do!


rosemary June 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm

peppermint works like magic! thank you!


Andrea Butje June 29, 2013 at 5:43 am

Rosemary- I am so glad!


Andrea February 5, 2015 at 6:54 pm

What do you mix the oils into? Are there special containers for making your own inhaler mixes?


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