3 Proven Essential Oils for Headaches

Do you use essential oils for headaches? I know I do. When that throbbing pain starts, I grab my lavender oil. All I need is my lavender. But it isn’t the only essential oil that can ease your pain.

You can try peppermint and German chamomile too! And these oils are pain-relieving and proven!
Essential Oils for Headaches

Essential Oils for Headaches

Lavender Essential Oil

I adore lavender. Can you tell? Haha! It smells amazing! Plus it’s a proven calming, pain-relieving, wound healing, mood boosting power house.

It’s also great for headaches and migraines.

This 2012 clinical study tested that. Researchers gave migraine sufferers lavender oil to inhale for 15 minutes. About 70% of the participants had partial or total relief. That’s beyond significant!

So inhaling lavender oil is a safe, effective way to manage and relieve headaches (including migraines)! Woohoo!

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil is another great one. It is minty fresh, cooling, and awesome. And it’s pain-relieving, mood boosting, anti-inflammatory, and memory enhancing. Phew! Say that five times fast. Ha!

This 1994 German study showed dabbing a 10% peppermint-ethanol mix on the face reduced headache pain. The participants said they felt less tense, anxious, irritated and depressed too. And they enjoyed the cooling effect peppermint had on their face.

Now, don’t go dabbing alcohol and peppermint blends on your face! Simple inhalation of peppermint oil works wonders for me. Plus it clears my sinuses and helps me breathe better. And breathing better helps my headaches go away faster too.

I also love mixing three drops with a tablespoon of coconut oil and massaging it into the back of my neck, chest, and back. Let me tell you! It’s so cooling and incredible. You can try massaging your temples too but … I don’t … Because I’m no fan of mint oils near my eyes.

German Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile tea is relaxing and soothing. So it’s not a stretch to have German chamomile on the list of essential oils for headaches.

A 2014 study suggested a chamomile and sesame oil blend commonly used in the Middle East is effective for treating migraines and headaches. The researchers believed the compound that gives the oil its blue color (chamazulene) has great anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. They’re not wrong!

A 2015 study found the oil significantly reduced pain caused by osteoarthritis. And this study from 2017 showed topical use of chamomile oil eased carpel tunnel pain.

So the oil definitely relieves pain. There’s no doubt about it. Inhale it. Mix it with sesame oil. Massage it. It doesn’t matter. Chamomile will help you!

A word of caution

Headaches are caused by so many things like too much sun or heat, drinking too much, getting stressed, or rambunctious kids. They can also be caused by a more serious medical condition. So if you don’t get fast relief from any of these oils, then talk to your doctor.
First published: March 2016
Last updated: August 2018

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  1. November 6, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    really interesting to read and if there are any strict contraindications fir using EO specially for headache?

  2. November 6, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    these three oils are generally well tolerated. add 1-2 drops of lavender or peppermint oil on a cotton ball and put it under your pillow or in your workspace. 🙂

  3. Sarah
    June 2, 2018 / 4:56 am

    Headaches/migraines are the main reason I started with oils, and was planning on getting some German Chamomile to try on my sore joints. Lavender and peppermint on their own or together isn’t always helpful for me, so maybe the chamomile will help with them. I adjust to my medication faster now, so anything that can help out while it kicks in, or isn’t working well, I’m willing to try.

  4. August 31, 2018 / 11:32 pm

    I have a coworker who suffers from headaches and he uses peppermint oil (the office smells wonderful when he does, although it’s a sign of his suffering which is sad). I am not sure he has tried the other oils, particularly the German chamomile. I’ll have to do a little something nice for him and pick up a bottle for him to try. Wonderful article!


  5. September 1, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    I’ve heard about lavender but not other oils ! I will definitely try it out next time I have a headache instead of paracetamol . Thanks babe ! 💋🌺

    Much Love
    Elegant Duchess xx

  6. September 1, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    I have never tried using essential oils for headaches, though I have to struggle with an annoying headache almost every other day. And I do have lavender oil at home. Will need to try this asap! thanks for sharing.

    xo Corina

  7. September 3, 2018 / 10:53 am

    One of my favorites is lavender oil, it helps me so much to relax and i didn’t know
    it also helps headaches and migraines!
    thats really good to know, love your posts :D! kisses!

  8. September 3, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing these! I have a diffuser and like to experiment with different oils. I’ve used lavender before, but not the other two for headaches, I’ll have to give them a try. Thanks for sharing and have a great week!



  9. September 4, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    Ahh this is amazing! I get persistent headaches and have never tried oils before. Will definitely give these a go, thanks for sharing hun xx


  10. Gabrielle
    September 5, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    Oh, funnily enough this post has come at a brilliant time as I’ve had a crushing headache for the past 2 days! Hope you’re having a great week so far 🙂

    aglassofice.com x

  11. September 5, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    I have tried essential oils for headaches but they never really worked for me but I also tend to suffer from migraines so I need something a bit stronger and effective.

  12. September 5, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    Essential oils sound like such a great way to treat headaches and much healthier than aspirin. I need to try these the next time I have a headache!


  13. September 7, 2018 / 1:35 am

    Nice to know the purpose of these essential oils. I only use peppermint and chamomile for my tea. And you help me remind the lavender oil that I bought in Lavender Farm in NZ recently, I should use it again.


  14. September 9, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    What I didn’t know my headache could be treated with anything other than ibuprofen, thanks for sharing! I’ll try these oil.


  15. September 10, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    This is such an interesting post! I love learning more about essential oils and would love to definitely try these out next time I have a headache! Thanks for sharing!


  16. September 12, 2018 / 9:45 am

    I sooo needed to read this post, I love essential oils a good one gives me such a calm effect! Love how you use them gonna try and do the same, thanks for sharing such a wonderful post!

    Love from London,


  17. September 23, 2018 / 12:10 am

    Thanks for the post. The truth is that I never thought about using essential oils for the headaches, I will definitely try.

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