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3 Essential Oils for Tension Headaches that WORK!

by Andrea Butje on November 04, 2019

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Tension headache at work? These 3 essential oils for tension headaches ease pain while improving focus.

Rosemary essential oil loves getting things done. It likes completing projects, studying, creating, and just generally being productive.

Tension headaches really get in its way.

So Rosemary added something to its to-do list: Make a headache blend with essential oils for tension headaches!

Rosemary studied for awhile before making this blend, because it wanted to be sure that the essential oils it worked with could calm inflammation. (Inflammation is usually part of what causes the pain and soreness in the muscles around the head, neck, and shoulders.) Rosemary also wanted to use essential oils that could help muscles relax without making people sleepy.

Finally, Rosemary found 3 perfect essential oils for tension headaches!

  • Rosemary ct. camphor (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)
  • Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia)
  • Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum ct. linalol)

These essential oils work by calming inflammation, supporting circulation, and encouraging mental focus. Take a whiff of any of them, and you’ll experience a clarifying, open feeling in your head.

I’m going to share a blend that’s great to use during the day—it can help your muscles relax without putting you to sleep.

This recipe is adapted from my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, where I included it as a tension headache inhaler called “Rosemary’s ‘Easy Focus’ Headache Inhaler.” I’m going to teach you how to make this recipe as a headache oil, instead of in an inhaler. (Both ways will work great.)

Rosemary’s “Easy Focus” Headache Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 10 drops Rosemary ct. camphor (Rosmarinus officinalis camphor)
  • 4 drops Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia)
  • 4 drops Basil ct. linalol (Ocimum basilicum linalol)

To make this blend, combine the jojoba and essential oils in a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle. Shake gently.

Massage the oil into your neck, shoulders, and scalp where you’re experiencing pain.

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I suggest you don't apply this oil to your face. While these essential oils for tension headaches are effective, they’re also strong and camphoraceous. Their fumes can cause irritation to your eyes.

Rosemary wants your tension headache to go away, but more than anything it wants you to use essential oils SAFELY. This means keeping them away from your eyes.

Some people experience tension headaches in a predictable way. If this sounds like you, you can keep this bottle in your bag or at your desk. Use it before your usual headache sets in, so you can prevent the inflammation from flaring up.

Want to learn more essential oil recipes for pain relief like this?

I’d be honored if you picked up a copy of The Heart of Aromatherapy!

I published it with Hay House, and I’m truly proud of what we created. The Heart of Aromatherapy treats essential oils like friends, with personalities and hobbies, so it’s easier to remember what each one is good at. It includes 40 essential oil profiles, over 100 recipes, important information about essential oil safety, and stories about my trips to visit farmers and distillers around the world. I really poured my heart into creating this book. I hope it finds a place on your bookshelf! Learn more about it here.

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Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

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