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6 of the Best Essential Oils for Relieving Headaches

    Best Essential Oils for Relieving Headaches

    Head and neck tensions are one of the most common ailments that people get on a regular basis. Read here to find the best essential oils for head tension that can help you find relief!

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    Best Essential Oils for Relieving Headaches

    My family decided to start using natural remedies for healing in the beginning of 2017. Since that decision, the four of us have had really great success staying healthy thankfully. The reason we made this decision was that the more I explored traditional methods and what it can do to your organs, the more I was convinced it wasn’t right for us.

    Our decision to stop being “traditional” has led me to find natural ways to treat head tension since we still get them on occasion. There are many natural solutions for discomfort, some of which are listed in my article My Top 5 Helps for Natural Pain Relief. But this article will focus specifically on the best essential oils for head and neck tension. So here’s a bit of what I have learned. (If you are new to essential oils, you may find it helpful to read my article Essential Oils for Beginners first.)

    Reasons for Head Tension

    There are a few reasons people get head and neck tension, and if you are able to narrow down the cause, it can make the solution easier to find. Targeting the root cause of why it hurts helps your overall health, whereas just popping a pill to mask the symptom does not address the root cause. If you pay attention to your body, you can possibly prevent this in the future.

    We have personally tried each of these solutions, and can attest that they have worked for us. Of course everyone is different, so you may have different results or a different tolerance for smells. But here are my suggestions.

    Best Essential Oils for Neck and Head Tension

    Ginger Essential Oil (general aching or nausea with discomfort)

    I first learned about ginger being one of the best essential oils for head tension when we lived in China. I bought some “ginger balm” in Thailand. I was doubtful that this would actually do anything, but I was wrong.

    Ginger or ginger essential oil has been my go to at the first sign of a head tension. I put a drop of ginger essential oil with 3-4 drops of a carrier oil (like olive oil, coconut oil, etc). After I mix this together, I place the mixture on my forehead, temples, back of my neck, and even under my nose so I can smell it. Ginger tea works for some people as well.

    Ginger can help head tension, but it can also help stomach upset or nausea that often accompanies head tension. So ginger can be a great help!

    Peppermint Essential Oil (tension related)

    Peppermint essential oil is a great option for tension related issues. It has a natural minty tingle, refreshing feeling and smell. Like ginger, this can also help with nausea associated with this. Peppermint promotes relaxation and stimulates blood flow to the area where you place it.

    Peppermint EO can really burn your eyes, so take extra precaution not to get this in your eyes, and wash your hands well with soap and water after use. But I mix 1 drop of this oil with 3-4 drops of a carrier oil and place this on my forehead, temples, behind the ears, and back of the neck.

    There are other ways you can use peppermint to help head tension. This may include drinking peppermint tea. This is nice and can rehydrate you if you are feeling dehydrated. Inhale the steam of your hot cup of tea to get inhalation benefits.

    Also a hot bath with 5 or so drops of peppermint oil is wonderful for head tension. It will help relieve tension and promote overall wellness. I often use 1/2 cup of Epsom salt in my bath as well to draw out toxins, promote a healthy inflammatory response, and reduce stress.

    Helichrysum Essential Oil (tension related)

    If ginger and peppermint are not producing the results I want, I move on to helichrysum essential oil. This one is the most expensive, so I use it as more of a last resort. But it is really effective! So if you are prone to really bad head tension, you may want to start with helichrysum.

    As mentioned above, I will mix 1 drop of this oil with a carrier and place it on my forehead, temples, behind the ears, and back of the neck. (Are you seeing a pattern here?) Helichrysum isn’t the most popular oil in America, but it has been used for thousands of years to treat discomfort in Mediterranean countries. It supports a healthy immune response, so it can be good for use for head tension.

    Frankincense Essential Oil (general/unknown)

    Frankincense is the “King of Oils” and used for so many different reasons. One reason it’s amazing is to help general head tension or if you aren’t sure of the reason you are uncomfortable. The key to this oil is having a good therapeutic grade frankincense on hand because it goes in your mouth.

    You can put one drop of frankincense on your thumb and press it onto the roof of your mouth. Hold it there for about 30 seconds while you help it sink in. If peppermint is not too strong for you, follow up with one drop of peppermint as well.

    Eucalyptus essential oil (sinus related)

    I rarely get sick anymore, but if I do get head tension due to congestion, eucalyptus essential oil is my go-to. It is an supports a healthy respiratory system and helps cleanse the body of harmful microorganisms and toxins. And it can also act like a decongestant and relieve sinus pressure. Eucalyptus is purifying which can help you feel better more quickly.

    You can get more ideas about how to make your own healthy natural remedies here.

    Clary Sage (hormone related)

    Finally a newer oil to me is clary sage. My daughters are now in the teen years so we have a lot of hormones flying around the house. I looked into what oil is best for female hormones, and over and over I read about clary sage. So I bought some to mostly use on my daughters.

    But I also have started using it for hormone related head or neck tension. It is also working out to be one of the best essential oils for this. You can diffuse this to inhale, take a bath with it, or rub it on your temples, forehead, and back of the neck with a carrier oil. Clary sage essential oil is also great to rub on your abdomen if you are having period related cramps.

    I love roller bottles to carry my oils in. I have a blend called “Comfort” that has Deep Blue, Helichrysum, and fractionated coconut oil. I carry it with me in case my head hurts or other aches occur while I am not at home.

    Are You Ready to Order?

    I hope one or more of these listed above items will help you find your personal best essential oils for head tension. I am happy to help you get started on your wellness journey with essential oils. You can email me at with questions.

    Please comment below if you try them and they work for you, or please post other essential oils you have found to work on head and neck tension. And don’t forget to share on Pinterest!

    * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. *

    22 thoughts on “6 of the Best Essential Oils for Relieving Headaches”

    1. Thank you for finding these alternative remedies to headaches. I’ve liked using these as opposed to always popping a pill when I have a headache. You are my favorite blogger. 🙂

    2. Thank you for this great read. I am always looking for new ways to use essential oils. I haven’t gotten very far in my research of them but i use some for stomach issues and stuffy noses.

      1. You’re welcome. I am glad you liked it! Oils are great for stuffy noses and stomach issues for sure! Please let me know if you have specific questions.

    3. I have never heard of Helichrysum Essential Oil and will definitely have to try it. I have a headache at the moment lol. However I definitely agree with the benefits of Frankinsense oil. I normally rub it on my head/temples and it works wonders for back pain also!

    4. I love essential oils! I thankfully don’t get headaches often, but I do have a friend that gets them all the time! I will pass this post on to her. Frankincense is one of my favorite oils but I had no idea it was good for headaches. Seems like that oil can do just about anything! 🙂

      1. That’s great! Thanks for the comment. I am so glad the post was helpful to you! Please do message with questions. It’s my hobby and passion! 🙂

    5. Peppermint is one of my most favorite oils, just a quick sniff to it improves my mood. I’ve heard of clary sage but haven’t looked into it much. My daughter is entering that phase as well so I’ll need to read up on it. Thanks for the tips!

    6. We love using our essentials oils. One of the oil we use in our diffuser is the peppermint and oh the smell it made the house is just wonderful. We have different oils that we use daily as well. Definitely a big essentials oil lover here.

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