A Quick And Easy Homemade Headache Balm Recipe

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Headache Balm

This simple recipe for homemade headache balm is easy to make and it works fast. It’s made with all natural ingredients and you can always keep it with you.

Getting a headache is the worst. I just want to lie down in a dark room for a while and forget about everything. But if I’m out, or at work, that’s just not possible. So I created a headache balm that I can take anywhere and it works fast!

Headache Balm

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Headache Balm Recipe

With just a few ingredients, you can make an effective headache balm that will work well and cost you very little.



  1. Place coconut oil and shea or cocoa butter in a glass bowl and place over a pot of hot water, creating a makeshift double boiler.
  2. Heat until completely melted. Add the essential oils and pour into small containers. Allow it to cool on the countertop. Label and cover when cool.

To use, simply swipe fingers across the top of the headache balm and apply to temples or forehead for relief. This may seem greasy at first, but it will be absorbed quickly.


Always use caution when working with pure essential oils. Do a patch test first to see if you are allergic to an essential oil if you have not used it before. If using with children under 12, use half the amount of essential oils.

Variations On A Basic Headache Balm

Roll-On Formula

To make this a roll on, swap out the coconut oil for fractionated coconut oil and the shea or cocoa butter for avocado, sweet almond, or jojoba oil. Add the essential oils and mix well. Then pour into roller ball bottles and cap. All you need to do is to roll this on your temples or forehead and relax.

Sleepy Time Balm

To make a sleepy balm, omit the peppermint essential oil and replace it with lemon balm essential oil instead. The lavender and lemon balm can help you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

Healing Balm

To make this a healing balm, omit the peppermint essential oil and add frankincense essential oil instead. Lavender and frankincense can help speed healing of minor scrapes and abrasions.

Breathe Easy Balm

To make a balm that will open sinuses, omit the lavender essential oil and replace it with eucalyptus essential oil. Peppermint and eucalyptus are known to open sinuses and promote easier breathing. Or keep the lavender essential oil and use this balm around tender nostrils. It can help open sinuses and speed the healing of a red nose.

Note: Check out these other 20 headache remedies.

Have you ever made or used a headache balm? If so, how did it work? 


About Debra Maslowski

Debra is a master gardener, a certified herbalist, a natural living instructor, and more. She taught Matt and Betsy how to make soap so they decided to bring her on as a staff writer! Debra recently started an organic herb farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. You can even purchase her handmade products on Amazon!

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  1. Ginni Purifoy says

    I haven’t tried a balm, but I’ve used the peppermint oil and it works almost instantly! It also works really well for sore muscles. 🙂

  2. Kath says

    Hi, love the idea, but I am allergic to lavender. Can you suggest another oil for the headache balm to add to the peppermint oil instead of lavender, that will still help to alleviate a headache? Thanks!

      • Debra Maslowski says

        Lavender is the go-to choice, Kath, but if you’re allergic to it, that can cause problems. Sara is right, just about any calming oil should work. Try chamomile, lemon balm, cedarwood, ylang ylang, rose or geranium. All of these can help to calm nerves and pain receptors.