Top 10 Essential Oils For Headaches - Fan Favorites with DIY Recipes

Have you ever used essential oils for a headache? There are lots of good oil options to support you in this time of discomfort. Find out what our Loving Essential Oil fans like to use best and see if they surprise you at all. We asked "What is your favorite essential oil to use for headaches?" Here are the top 10 answers that they picked.
Top 10 Essential Oils For Headaches - Fan Favorites by Loving Essential Oils

Have you ever used essential oils for a headache? There are lots of good oil options to support you in this time of discomfort. Find out what our Loving Essential Oil fans like to use best and see if they surprise you at all.

10 Essential Oils For Headaches

We asked "What is your favorite essential oil to use for headaches?" Here are the top 10 answers that they picked.

#1. Peppermint Essential Oil - 58%

-Our overwhelming top answer was peppermint oil. More than half of our fans like to use peppermint when they have headache discomfort. I have to admit, it is my top choice too!

-Peppermint acts as a natural painkiller. It is very potent so a little really goes a long way. The aroma can also ease headache related nausea. Many find diffusing peppermint helpful or using it diluted in a roller bottle.

 Simple Peppermint Roller Bottle

  • Add 10 drops of peppermint into a 10 ml roller bottle and fill rest of bottle with jojoba oil.
  • This is a 5% dilution. Shake to blend.
  • To use, roll where you are experiencing pain, avoiding eye area (the strong fumes may cause irritation).
  • Repeat as needed.

 

#2. Lavender Essential Oil - 23%

-Oh lavender oil, how we love you so. It is no surprise that this oil came in second place. Lavender oil loves to support our well-being and ease our discomforts. It helps with stress and relaxation, especially good for stress or tension headaches. 

-This nourishing oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It pairs well with peppermint, a favorite combo when it comes to headaches. Add 3 drops of lavender and 2 drops of peppermint into a tablespoon of avocado oil for a nourishing massage oil, rub onto chest, neck and shoulders.

 Lavender Cold Compress

  • Place cold water in a bowl, add 3 drops of lavender essential oil to bowl, place washcloth into water and allow to soak for 2 minutes.
  • Remove and wring out excess water.
  • Apply compress to forehead, top of head or neck, depending where pain is located.
  • Leave on until washcloth warms to body temperature, dip into bowl of water again to refresh and  repeat if needed.

 

#3. Eucalyptus Essential Oil - 5%

-This oil contains large amounts of 1,8- cineole, a component that is known for respiratory support and sinus relief. This oil can assist in soothing muscle aches and inflammation, plus the cool and refreshing aroma of has been known to relieve headaches and boost energy.

#4. Chamomile Essential Oil - 3%

-Roman chamomile is a calming and reassuring oil. It can deeply soothe the nervous system and relieve pain. Chamomile calms inflammation and soothes sore muscles and joints. Also has the ability to assist you with a good nights sleep. Add to a headache blend when bedtime is near.

#5. Frankincense Essential Oil - 2%

-Has the capacity to calm and quiet the mind, bringing deep tranquility. Place a drop of frankincense in the palm of your hand, rub palms together, cup over mouth and nose and inhale deeply to promote a calm and relaxed feeling.

#6. Helichrysum Essential Oil - 2%

-This precious oil is an amazing healer, restoring all types of skin conditions and calming inflammation. Helichrysum oil has pain relieving properties as well. It is a great helper oil when added into blends for headaches.

#7. Lemongrass Essential Oil - 2%

-Lemongrass offers calming and soothing effects that help to relieve the pain, pressure, or tension that can cause headaches. It contains citral, a powerful pain relieving component. Breathe in the lemony fresh aroma or massage diluted lemongrass onto temples when a headache hits.

#8. Basil Essential Oil - 2%

-Basil oil can bring clarity to the mind and has analgesic properties. Works best for headaches that are stress or tension related. Can be diffused, inhaled or added to a carrier oil for massage.

-Adding basil oil in a blend can help enhance the absorption of other components in the blend, making it perfect for massage blends or pain relieving blends that are applied topically. Blends well with lavender and frankincense as a headache relief balm (see recipes below).

#9. Orange Essential Oil - 2%

-Orange oil contains a large amount of d-limonene, suggesting that it has the ability to relieve pain and inflammation.  The fresh and fruity aroma eases stress and tension. It is a bright and uplifting oil that add a happy note to any blend.

#10. Clary Sage Essential Oil - 1%

-Well known for easing menstrual cramps and reducing menopausal symptoms. The main chemical component of clary sage is linalyl acetate. This component makes this oil one of the most relaxing, soothing, and balancing essential oils.

-This may not be a top choice when it comes to headaches but it can definitely add beneficial properties when added to a blend of oils. Add Clary Sage to promotes feelings of relaxation, allowing for a restful night’s sleep.

Were any of these oils surprising to you? A few other oils that did not make the list but have been helpful in headache blends are rosemary, marjoram, and copiaba essential oil.

Essential Oil Recipes For Headaches

Headaches occur from a variety of reasons. Maybe it is from emotional stress, sinus congestion and pressure, or muscle tension. Whatever the reason is, here are some recipe to help you get fast relief.

 Sinus Headache Inhaler

An aromatherapy inhaler can be simple to use when a sinus headache start. Use this oil blend to open your airways and ease congestion.

  • 4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 4 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • 2 drops Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • Aromatherapy inhaler

Directions: Add drops to cotton wick and place into essential oil inhaler. To use, deeply inhale the aroma.

 

 Headache Soother Roller Blend

Roll on this headache essential oil blend to reduce discomfort and tension. Roll on the location when the pain is felt. Avoid using near eyes and mucus membranes.

  • 5 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 3 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
  • 10 ml Roller bottle

Directions: Add oils into Roll on bottle and fill rest of bottle with jojoba oil (or favorite carrier oil). To use, roll on temples, neck, shoulders &/or feet. 5% dilution.

 

 Tension Headache Diffuser Blend

Diffusing essential oils is a good natural option to enjoy the soothing benefits of aromatherapy. Try this calming and comforting tension blend.

  • 3 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
  • 2 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • Aromatherapy Diffuser

Directions: Add oils to diffuser with the recommended water amount for your diffuser.

 

 Muscle Tension Headache Roller Blend

Use this headache roll on recipe to apply to your sore and tense neck and shoulder muscle. These trio of oils are the some of the top analgesic essential oils.

  • 4 drops Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • 3 drops Lemongrass Cymbopogon flexuosus
  • 10 ml Roller bottle

Directions: Add oils to a rollerball bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with jojoba oil (or favorite carrier oil). To use, roll on neck and shoulders to relieve muscle discomfort. 5% dilution.


Migraine Helper Diffuser Blend

  • 4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • 2 drops Lemongrass Cymbopogon flexuosus

Directions: Add oils to diffuser with the recommended water amount for your diffuser.

Stress Headache Inhaler

  • 5 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 5 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 4 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 1 drop Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)

Directions: Add drops to cotton wick and place into essential oil inhaler. To use, deeply inhale the aroma.

Headache Support Roller Blend

  • 4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 4 drops Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • 2 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

Directions: Add oils into 10 ml Roller bottle and fill rest of bottle with jojoba oil (or favorite carrier oil). To use, roll on temples, neck, shoulders &/or feet. 5% dilution.

Headache Relief Balm

  • 10 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 10 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 4 drops Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Directions: Blend 2 tbsp of shea butter and 2 tbsp of jojoba oil with a mixer until well blended, about 2-3 minutes. Add in essential oils and blend for 1 minute longer. Scoop into glass jar. To use, apply to neck, shoulders and temples.

Headache Buster Diffuser Blend

  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • 1 drop Rosemary

Directions: Add oils to diffuser with the recommended water amount for your diffuser.

Bedtime Headache Roller Blend

  • 3 drop Lavender
  • 3 drops Orange
  • 2 drops Clary Sage
  • 2 drops Helichrysum

Directions: Add oils into 10 ml Roller bottle and fill rest of bottle with jojoba oil (or favorite carrier oil). To use, roll on temples, neck, shoulders &/or feet. 5% dilution.

Goodbye Headache Inhaler

  • 8 drops Frankincense
  • 4 drops Peppermint
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus

Directions: Add drops to cotton wick and place into essential oil inhaler. To use, deeply inhale the aroma.

Headache Footbath

  • 1 drop Lavender
  • 1 drop Marjoram

Directions: Fill basin with warm or cold water (your choice, both can be beneficial). Mix 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil with essential oils and add to water, swirl into water and place feet into bath. Soak for about 10 minutes.

How To Use Essential Oils For Headaches

Another question we asked was "What is your favorite way to use essential oils when you have a headache?" and had over 80 responses.

Many of our fans said they use roller bottles and roll or rub essential oils onto temples, hairline and/or neck. Lots also enjoy diffusing oils, especially peppermint in their time of need. Another way oil are used for support is by inhaling from the bottle or an aromatherapy inhaler.

Kay from GA recommends using a diffuser necklace. Trish from PA said she likes to "take a walk in fresh air", great idea!

Here are more answers we wanted to share with you:

"I use Peppermint essential oil diluted in Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil in a Roller Bottle with a stainless steel roller ball. I massage the back of my neck, shoulders and along the sides of my spine in my neck with the roller bottle as it applies the oils to my problem areas. I will also run the roller bottle directly over the area of my head where the headache originated. Yes, through my hair onto my scalp." -Roxanne, WI

"I put 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil onto a cotton ball and dab on temples" -Lorry, NC

"I rub a few drops of Frankincense on my temples and occipital area (back of my head)." -Anne, MO

"I use Copaiba with Frankincense in a rollerball" -Vicki, NY

"Mix a few drops of helichrysum with jojoba oil in roller vial, then roll it on my temples, the back of my neck and down the spine. Add a few drops of Peppermint to my diffuser, turn on some meditation music and "space out" for about 15 minutes. My headache is usually gone or on its way by then." -LeeAnn, FL

"I get tension headaches. I put peppermint at the base of my skull and at my temples at the hairline" -Karin, NM

"I have a roller bottle with lavender, peppermint and FCO. When a headache starts, I roll it onto my forehead and temples. Almost instantly I feel relief." -Liz, FL

"I make a blend in a 10 ml roller bottle, put on the bottoms of my feet & on the area of the headache & massage it in. Then I sit quietly & within 20 min or so - no more headache!" -Teresa, PA

"I use them as a roller ball blend usually peppermint and lavender with a carrier oil of fractionated coconut oil. I then put it on my pulse points when I feel a headache coming on and it helps to relax the tense muscles. Sometimes I put it on the back of my neck also. This has helped a lot as I get migraines frequently." -Mis, FL

"My favorite way to use essential oils for a headache is to use an inhaler" -Linda, MO

"I like to diffuse peppermint oil." -Elizabeth, FL

"I like to put a drop on the pointer finger of both hands and rub it into my temples. Then I put a small amount just under my nose. Sometimes I'll take a nice, slow, long inhalation for the oil throughout the day" -Sandy, IL

"I love to use peppermint for my headaches. Most of my headaches are stress induced and peppermint is very calming for me. I work in the law enforcement field so my day can get stressful, when it does I just pull out my peppermint and use it and I start to calm down which in turn calms my headaches" -Dawn, CO

"I break out a peppermint roller and put some on my temples and the back of my neck. I have also discovered that a really strong peppermint gum will clear my sinuses!" -Becky, CO

"Couple ways. I use a lavender roll on for temples. I wear an eye mask then put a few drops of oil on a cotton ball and set it between my eyes. I also have a headache blend I use I In the diffuser." -Michelle, PA

"I mix peppermint oil with castor oil and give myself a facial massage. If the pain is especially horrible, I ask my mom or a friend for a head, neck, and shoulder massage with this oil mixture. One friend did this for me when I had a particularly bad migraine and added in a foot massage, too, and it reduced the pain significantly and allowed me to get some sleep" -Rachel, CA

"I suffer from allergies and sinus headaches I use a blend with eucalyptus and others in a diffuser and I don't wake with sinus headaches any more." -Debbie, NC

How To Use Essential Oils For Headaches - Loving Essential Oils

 

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