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DIY Headache relief balm

If you automatically grab for an over the counter remedy for headaches you're not alone.  But if you're keen on taking a more natural route, you might be surprised how effective essential oils can be. 

From a psychological point of view essential oils go straight to our emotional centre to help alleviate tension and stress.  And from a purely physical point of view our sense of smell - or olfactory system - delivers sensory data directly to the brain, where it immediately impacts the brain's nerves and blood vessels.

Essential oils that are best for temporary headache relief include Lavender (which also relieves anxiety), and Peppermint, with its cooling, astringent effect.

But what about the convenience of a pill, you say?  Well what could be more convenient than dabbing a bit of oil on your hand and inhaling? (try the "Cupping" method)  Or, you could try making up this DIY balm, perfect for carrying in your hand bag - or giving as gifts to your busy friends (or kids' school teachers). 

You'll need:

  • 3 tbsp shea butter
  • 3 tbsp beeswax
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops tea tree essential oil (optional, or add extra lavender and peppermint)
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil (optional)
  • Small containers or jars with lids (empty lip balm containers, which can be purchased online, are ideal)


  1.  Get the containers ready and set aside
  2. Measure the shea butter, beeswax and coconut oils.  Put in a microwavable glass bowl.
  3. Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute, until completely melted
  4. Allow the mix to cool for a few minutes.  When the bowl is no longer hot to the touch, add the essential oils.
  5. Pour the mix into your containers and let cool.  You can also place them in the refrigerator for a few minutes to harden the mix.

To use, simply rub a tiny amount into the temples, on your forehead or the back of your neck to temporarily soothe and relieve headache.

If symptoms persist see your doctor.

Find more clever DIY's with essential oils here!