Treat Headache Pain Naturally

Anyone who has experienced a bad headache knows that it can feel impossible to be productive. While it’s nice to take a nap when a headache comes on, we don’t all have that luxury. 

Headaches can affect anyone, anytime. While some turn to over the counter medication as a treatment for headaches, there are natural alternatives available as well.

My secret headache weapon? Essential oils.

Essential oils are plant-based therapeutic compounds that can be used medicinally to combat many health threats.  In addition, they are so small molecularly that they are able to cross the blood-brain barrier. Therefore, this makes them an excellent choice to support pain relief.

Essential oils for headaches:


1. Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil is my go-to for most pain, including headaches. Peppermint oil has the ability to relax muscles and improve circulation, which can quickly alleviate any pain you’re feeling. Most of all, studies show that peppermint oil is just as effective as over-the-counter pain relief. 

Apply topically to your temples to relieve feelings of tension.

2. Lavender 

Among its many health benefits, lavender oil is an analgesic, which means that it has the ability to help relieve pain. Several studies have also been done to show its anti-inflammatory properties (source). Therefore, it’s beneficial in reducing the pain and tension of a headache or migraine.

Apply 1-2 drops on your forehead, temples or back of the neck the next time you have a headache. 

3. Rosemary

This herb is known to help in managing stress; and stress is a big factor when it comes to headaches. It’s proven to lower the levels of a hormone called cortisol, which has been associated with stress. Hence, it’s a great essential oil to help relieve tension.

Try adding 8 drops of rosemary oil with 8 drops of lavender oil to a 10 ml roller bottle and top off with fractionated coconut oil. This is the perfect blend of essential oils for headaches.Essential Oils for Headaches |

4. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil helps to lessen feelings of tension, while promoting feelings of relaxation. It also helps the blood flow more freely through your veins, which helps ease any pain in your muscles. 

I like to place one to two drops Eucalyptus in the palms of my hands, rub them together, and inhale deeply.

5. Frankincense

Frankincense is one of the most valuable essential oils due to its extensive health benefits. It has anti-inflammatory properties, which is great for all types of headaches. In addition, frankincense can help reduce the swelling of the blood vessels and reduce pain. 

Add 15 drops of Frankincense essential oil to a 10 ml roller bottle and top off with fractionated coconut oil to support pain reduction.

6. Grapefruit

Sourced from the peel of the citrus paradisi fruit, studies have tested the aromatherapeutic power of grapefruit oil. The sparkling aroma of grapefruit is uplifting and energizing. As a result it’s perfect for when you have a headache. 

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Which essential oils for headaches do you recommend? Let me know in the comments.

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    Leann Forst, MBA, CHC, CEOC — Holistic Health Practitioner

    Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach. She holds a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Leann is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

    Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

    As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations. Leann’s goal is to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t

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