One of the first things that I tried essential oils for last spring was head ache. My job is pretty physical and I carry around my heavy toddler quite a lot. Jammed muscles in my neck and shoulders cause head ache sometimes. Sometimes tired eyes cause it. I use to take anti-inflammatory drugs sometimes, but now I rarely use them. For me it helps almost immediately to put a drop of peppermint oil to my temples and neck (mixed together with coconut oil).


Here are some essential oils that help with different kinds of head ache. Put two drops to massage oil/ lotion and rub it to your shoulders, neck, feet or toes. You can also mix essential oils to your bath soap (or make your own bath soap) or put it into diffuser.

  • For a head ache that is caused by stress: Lavender, marjoram and chamomile. Rub two drops of lavender to your neck, close to the skull and to your temples and back or your ears.
  • For a head ache caused by congestion: Eucalyptus, peppermint and ravensara. Put two drops of marjoram, lavender or peppermint to a tissue and inhale three times deep (not for people with asthma).

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