Headache Blend Roll-On with Essential Oils

When a headache hits, you want fast relief. This essential oil blend is perfect for headaches and the roll-on bottle makes for a quick and convenient application. It’s one to always have on hand!

Headache Blend Roll-On with Essential Oils

I’ve said before that if I could have one mothering super power, it would be to function well on little sleep.

Because friends, that is definitely not the case!

All moms get used to their sleep being broken up and shortchanged to some extent, and I suppose I have. But I must confess that I can only go so many nights without a solid night’s rest (or a really good nap) before my body begins to protest.

That protest usually comes in the form of a headache.

You know the kind? The ones that throb when you bend over and feel like something is being continuously tightened around your forehead and pushing into the back of your head? Yeah, not so fun.

When a headache strikes, I want it gone ASAP. I’ll rethink how much water I’ve had in the last couple of days, ask myself if I’ve eaten recently, and rest if I can. A blend of essential oils applied topically to my head can really help, too. In fact, sometimes I can’t really sleep a headache off without it!

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Having an essential oil blend for headaches all ready to go in a roller bottle is so convenient. The essential oils are already mixed, diluted, and ready to apply so you can get quick relief. No one likes measuring out remedies when they’re in pain!

Peppermint essential oil stars in this blend, but it’s joined by sweet marjoram and lavender. Peppermint can pack a strong bite on its own, even when it is diluted. With sweet marjoram and lavender, though, it’s much more mild.

All three of these essential oils are analgesic, which means that they help relieve pain by topical application. It really has a lovely scent, too. Not too minty, herbal, or floral, but a wonderful combination of the three.

Headache Blend Roll-On

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Headache blend


  • 10 mL (about 1 T.) odorless liquid carrier oil, like grapeseed, sweet almond, or apricot kernel
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)
  • 2 drops sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana)
  • 1 drop lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

My favorite essential oils come from Florihana, sold through Tropical Traditions. Mountain Rose Herbs and Plant Therapy are also great sources of organic essential oils.

Curious about essential oils 250x250Instructions

  1. Pour the grapeseed oil in the glass bottle, then add essential oils. I like these roll-on bottles with stainless steel balls in either cobalt blue or amber glass.
  2. Add the roll-on top, then cap and swirl to mix. Label with the blend’s name, ingredients, and date made.
  3. To use, roll the oil mixture across the forehead, over temples, and at the base of the head during a headache.

This blend is at a 3% dilution which is strong enough to work on a painful headache without irritating the more sensitive facial skin. If your skin is particularly sensitive, though, you can use 2 drops peppermint, 1 drop sweet marjoram, and 1 drop lavender for a 2% dilution.

Pregnancy Considerations

Headaches are common in pregnancy, but certain essential oils are best avoided when a sweet little baby is growing in utero. For a pregnancy-safe headache roll-on blend, use 2 drops peppermint and 2 drops lavender in the 10 mL carrier oil. Apply as usual.

For more sound information on essential oils, be sure to check out my book Essential Oils: Separating Truth from Myth, available in print, Kindle, and PDF download.

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Have you ever used any essential oils for headaches?

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    1. With the roller blends how long do they last before you should make a fresh one? If I were to carry this blend in my handbag to use when needed is there a timeframe when I should throw it out & make a new one?

      1. Your roller blend should be good for around 6-12 months, perhaps even longer depending on the carrier oil you use and the age of your essential oils. Both carrier oils and essential oils have shelf lives that vary, but most of them will get you to a year. I hope that helps!

    2. Is there anything that can be used in place of the lavender? It actually gives me migraines, so that’s one I always leave out, but have been wondering if there was a good alternative or am I stuck with just the 2 other oils?

      1. Hi there, Amy. Lavender definitely sounds like an oil to avoid for you! You could try using Roman or German chamomile in place of the lavender for a similar substitute. Other people also find headache relief with eucalyptus or frankincense added to blends. Those two oils will give a very different overall scent and profile to the blend. You could even try making half batches using each of the substitutes to see what provides the most relief for you. I hope that helps!