The Best Essential Oils For Headaches

The Best Essential Oils For Headaches

Headaches and migraines are among some of the most common problems faced by people from all age groups in today’s world. Previously, many people relied on antibiotics and drugs to prevent or treatment of such issues.

However, with the rise of antibiotic resistance as well as awareness on the dangers of using certain medications or all drugs in a higher than recommended dose has lead to people searching for more natural and safer options.

Treatments using essential oils have therefore become more prevalent than ever before although essential oils and aromatherapy have also been practiced historically.

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By using a combination of different essential oils, you can also relieve your headache or a migraine effectively. The best part is that you can even do it at home and avoid the extra costs of service and dangers of drugs.

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What Causes Headaches and Migraines?

Headaches and migraines are common issues faced by a large number of people and may be linked to various health conditions or daily habits.

For example, if you have a stressful lifestyle, poor diet, and are constantly sleep deprived, your chances of having a migraine or a headache are automatically doubled.

In a similar way, hormonal imbalance, a chemical imbalance in the brain, sensory stimuli, changes in the environment, food additives, and medications may also lead to a migraine or a headache.

Which Essential Oil Blends Are Best for Relieving Headache and Migraine?

Different Essential Oils can be mixed together, in definite proportions and by following a set of rules to make an effective blend that instantly helps with migraines and headaches.

Following are some of the blends:

Blend# 1: Instant Relief from Headache

Recipe 1:

Blend together Rosalina (6 drops), Rosemary (3 drops) and Spike Lavender (4 drops)

Add the above mixture in 1 ounce of Jojoba Oil to make a lotion like consistency

Save the above solution in a 30 ml Cobalt blue glass bottle and cover with its cap

Take a cap-full of lotion and massage gently on the temples and neck.

Recipe 2:

Mix together Ho Wood/ Rosewood or Linaloe Berry (4 drops), Frankincense (5 drops)

Add to the above mixture 3 drops Peppermint Oil and Lemongrass (2 drops). Put the whole solution in an ounce of carrier Jojoba Oil to make a fine lotion.

Save the above solution in a 30 ml Cobalt blue glass bottle and cover with its cap. Apply on the back of your neck once an hour for a few hours.

Recipe 3:

Take 1 oz. of carrier Jojoba oil  and add it the mixture of the following:

  • Helichrysum odoratissimum- 10 drops
  • Lavender- 5 drops
  • Frankincense- 5 drops

Apply this oil blend to the back of your neck.

Blend# 2: a Headache due to Sinuses

There are membranes present in the sinus cavity that may get inflamed or swell up because of infection causing blockage and posing pressure to the forehead and inducing a sinus headache.

Eucalyptus oil is a great remedy for treating sinus. It can be applied to the chest, nose and temples to relieve pressure and sinus congestion.


Spike Lavender and  Frankincense- 4 drops each + Eucalyptus Globulus – 2 drops +  Peppermint – 1 drop

Take a tissue, dip in a drop of the above solution and inhale. Now Add the above mixture in carrier Jojoba Oil (1 ounce) for massaging on neck and feet

Blend# 3: a Headache due to Exhaustion

Recipe 1:

Sugandha Kokila (6 drops) + Frankincense (8 drops) and Peppermint (3 drops)

Add the above mixture in an ounce of carrier Trauma Oil. Massage the back of your neck with this oil blend.

Recipe 2:

Frankincense (Sacra) and  Lemon – 4 drops in a drop of Patchouli

Mix the above solution in an ounce of carrier Jojoba Oil to make a lotion. Secure in a 30 ml Cobalt blue glass bottle. Massage on the temples and neck or use as an inhaler.

Blend# 4: Inhaler for a Headache caused by Flu


Take 6 drops of Ravintsara (Ho leaf) and Sugandha Kokila each and mix it in 2 drops of Peppermint oil to make a synergy.

Use a cotton wick to absorb few drops of the solution and inhale three times a day.

Blend# 5: a Headache induced by Stress

Stress is a leading reason for a headache and migraines as it puts a pressure on the brain, provoking negative feelings and depression that leads to a  constant dull pain in the temples or hind part of the head.

Recipe 1:

Eucalyptus, as well as peppermint oil, can be used for massaging temple region, the wrists and on the forehead relieve stress and calm mind.

Recipe 2:

Mix five to ten drops of Lavender oil to your warm water for bathing. The settling aroma helps to relax.

Recipe 3:

Blend 3 drops of each Ho Wood(or Linaloe Berry/ Rosewood), Lavender Oil (Bulgaria) and Basil into 5 drops of Frankincense

Now add the above mixture along with 2 drops of Chamomile Oil into 1 oz. of carrier Jojoba Oil.

Rub the lotion on your neck three to four times a day.

Recipe #4:

Take carrier Jojoba Oil (1 ounce) or any unscented lotion and blend in it a drop of Eucalyptus Globulus Oil and Helichrysum (Corsica), each.

Now add Lavender (3 drops), Frankincense (6 drops) and 3 drops of Rosemary in the above solution to form a scented lotion.

Save this lotion in a 30 ml Glass Jar. Apply on the lower back of neck to relieve stress and headache.

Blend# 6: Migraine Relief

A migraine is known as the ‘severely painful’ form of a headache. It not only causes pain but also has other symptoms associated that include: Nausea, sensitivity to light and insomnia. The trigger to a migraine could either be stress, hormonal changes or basic sleep deprivation.

Recipe 1:

Take few drops of sweet-scented Lavender or Peppermint oil onto palm and apply on the temples or back of the neck.

Recipe 2:

Add the following ingredients to form Essential oils blend to cater a migraine:

  • Peppermint- 6 drops
  • Lavender Oil- 4 drops
  • Frankincense- 7 drops

Mix the above contents in an ounce of carrier Jojoba Oil and secure in a clean glass bottle

Follow the following recipes. Once the products are well settled, take a few drops of it and apply to the temples or neck.

Recipe 3:

Take 8 drops of lavender and add it almost 4 drops of Roman Chamomile Oil

Recipe 4:

Form a blend by mixing:

Chamomile Wintergreen (4 drops) + Lavender (3 drops) + Clove (2 drops)

Recipe 5:

Add 4 drops of Peppermint Oil in 8 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.

Recipe 6:

Mix together:  Eucalyptus (4 drops) in Myrrh (2 drops) and 6 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

Blend# 7: A migraine due to Low Blood Sugar

Low blood sugar is also a hidden cause in inducing migraines.

Recipe 1: 

Take Lavender and Rosemary oil in equal proportions and add it in carrier coconut oil. Now use this blend for massaging topically the temples, neck as well as the forehead.

Recipe 2:

Make a blend by adding together:

  • Lavender Oil- 8 drops
  • Chamomile (Roman)- 4 drops

Add the above mixture in 1 oz. of any carrier oil (coconut/ jojoba etc)

Recipe 3:

Take 4 Drops of Spearmint Oil and Eucalyptus Oil each and add in 1 oz. of any carrier oil to form a lotion for massaging.

Making a Smoothie

Add a drop of Rosemary oil in your smoothie or soup for ingestion to relieve a headache.

Through a Setting Bath

You can always take out time for a pleasant bath. Add bath salts or the following oils for a refreshed happy bath.

  • Chamomile Essential oil
  • Lavender Essential oil
  • Rose Oil Essential oil

Things To Keep In Mind

Never use any essential oil before performing a patch test to be sure that you are not allergic to it. Secondly, do not use any essential oil directly on the skin as that may lead to burning and irritation.

If you are constantly having headaches and migraines, it is better to consult a health professional.

People with certain medical conditions such as heart problems, diabetes or pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult a doctor before using essential oils.

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Andrea White

As a graduate of Public Health and Policy, Andrea developed an interest in disease development, food and safety and the latest advancements in health. She is a Freelance writer who had affiliations with multiple blogs. Andrea is now pursuing her post-doctorate in Behavioral Sciences.

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