Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Essential Oil Blends For Headaches – 5 Rollerball Recipes


The art of blending essential oils can take practice but it’s so much fun when creating your own blends. I started using essential oils a few years ago but just using single oils with a diffuser. I then took an aromatherapy course and I learned so much about treating different symptoms. Using essential oils in my everyday life has helped me so much but one thing my daughter and I both suffer from are constant headaches. With a little bit of experimentation, I learned how to use essential oil blends for headaches with rollerballs. These are roll-on bottles, normally called rollerball or roller bottles.

We were taking a great deal of ibuprofen every time we had the onset of a headache so I was looking for a different alternative to those nagging headaches that just stops you in your tracks. Only once I took the aromatherapy course did I find a natural way to cure it and I’m now hooked on my rollerball recipe, which I’m including here with the addition of a few other recipes for headaches that you may like as well. Each person is so different from what they prefer, so I hope you enjoy these 5 rollerball recipes.


5 Rollerball Recipes for Headaches

The first recipe is the one I use for my headaches. I call it “Headache Away.” My daughter loves it too. I ordered a few 10ml empty rollerballs off of Amazon and they were delivered in a day. It is important you use glass rollerballs and not plastic as the essential oils can disintegrate over time especially if you are using citrus oils. I also store my rollerball in a dark place like my medicine cabinet or refrigerator to best preserve the shelf life of the oils. Using 100% pure, top grade essential oils are best for the highest effectiveness. Please note to always blend them with a carrier oil of your choice. You can also visit my other post on how to blend essential oils together which lists different carrier oils and their uses on skin types.


Headache Away

8 drops of Peppermint

8 drops of Lavender

8 drops of Chamomile

5 drops of Frankincense

Fill roller bottle with carrier oil of your choice. I use sweet almond oil. (I’ve included a photo of my own rollerball blend)


Goodbye Headache

15 drops Clove

9 drops Wintergreen

6 drops Ginger

9 drops Peppermint

Add carrier oil of your choice to 10 ml roller bottle


Headache Be Gone

2 drops Lavender

2 drops Rose

1 drop Chamomile

Fill bottle with 1 fl oz. Sunflower carrier oil.


Headache Buster

8 drops Lavender

5 drops Marjoram

3 drops Peppermint

Add Fractionated Coconut Oil to roller bottle.


Head Relief

4 drops Lavender

3 drops Peppermint

2 drops Eucalyptus

2 drops Cedarwood

Add Fractionated Coconut Oil to roller bottle.

Using Rollerball Blends

I find that for the best effectiveness, I roll on my wrists, behind my ears, my temples and the back of my neck. I have found that it normally takes 1 to 2 hours to really start feeling a difference and that my headache is gone. Additionally, it also uplifts my mood and I’m able to concentrate more on the matters at hand. The world of essential oils is growing in popularity, due to the oils ability to solve everyday symptoms naturally versus taking over the counter medicines. I believe essential oils can heal the mind, body and spirit however true wellness comes from working on yourself from the inside out.

What You Need to Create Rollerball Recipes

Here are the few materials that are needed to make your own recipes.

10 ml essential oil roller bottles (glass bottles)

Essential oils to create your blend

Your choice of organic (cold-pressed) carrier oil


*The roller bottles I purchased at Amazon included the dropper and a small funnel for easy mixing.

Rollerball Blending Instructions

Add the number of essential oils needed in the recipe to the roller bottle with the dropper

Fill the rest of the roller bottle with your choice of carrier oil (I like sweet almond oil & Jojoba oil)

Put the rollerball on the bottle and the cap on and shake well.

Place a label on the roller bottle so you know which recipe it is if making other blends.

*I sometimes add the date on the label so I know when I made it. You want to store your blends in a dark, cool place such as your medicine cabinet or refrigerator. Granted, if in the refrigerator, it will be cold to the touch on your skin using the roller ball but I have to say, it does feel really good. Especially on hot days.


My Conclusion

Those are the 5 rollerball recipes using essential oil blends for headaches. Once you make one, you will find yourself wanting to try different recipes for different symptoms. Its fun to do and best of all, it’s all natural. Having these blends on hand will save you so much time when you feel that headache coming on and you can feel confident that you are using an all natural remedy. So natural that they have been used in wellness practices dating back from 5,000 years ago. I find this so amazing.

Aromatherapy is a treatment of holistic healing and enhances both physical and emotional health. Did you know that the actual term “aromatherapy” first originated in 1937 when French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse invented the word after a burn incident spurred his curiosity about the healing power of essential oils? It was later after his discovery that Lavender oil helped to cure his burn, that French surgeon Jean Valnet used essential oils to help heal soldier’s wounds in World War II, proving the medical benefits of aromatherapy. I found this so fascinating that I wanted to share this piece of history with everyone.

I hope you enjoy making these rollerball recipes and please remember you should always let your doctor know you’re considering essential oil therapy to avoid any negative interactions with medications. Essential oils should also never be ingested to avoid toxicity. I recommend to always blend oils for optimal benefit. This is why I love the rollerballs. Diffusers are a must have in my home too and are a great way to reap the benefits for overall wellness.

Did you like this article or find it helpful? Did you use one of the headache rollerball recipes? If so, I would love to hear what you thought or if you have any recipes you would like to add. Please share with us in the comment section below.


6 thoughts on “Essential Oil Blends For Headaches – 5 Rollerball Recipes

  1. Wow! I’m going to try this for my headaches. I go to college and I tend to get a lot of headaches, more now then ever, especially when studying for upcoming tests. I don’t want to keep taking Advil all the time. This is helpful. Thanks!

    1. Hi Sydney,
      Glad I could help. Let me know how it works for you. I also have a rollerball recipe for stress relief if that may help you. You’re welcome to email me and I can send it to you if interested.


      1. Hi Renee! I stumbled upon this and will definitely try. Do you have recipes for joint and muscle pain/relief? Thanks a million

        1. Hi Linda,
          Thanks for contacting me. I love keeping the rollerball in the fridge. It’s nice and cool when you apply it and the essential oils will last longer too. Please see below for a few DIY recipes for joint and pain relief. I also like to use Lemongrass essential oil for pain and muscle relief. I apply just 2 drops on a cotton ball mixed with a carrier oil, like coconut oil and apply to the area. It really helps on my lower back. You can also try Joint and Muscle Formula by Healing Natural Oils. I did a review on it last year and it works really well on pain and joint stiffness. My hubby really likes it too. Hope this helps.


          Instant Muscle Relief Balm
          1/2 cup Coconut Oil
          1/4 cup Grated Beeswax
          2 tsp Cayenne Powder
          2 tsp Turmeric Powder
          10 drops Peppermint EO
          8 drops Lavender EO
          1 Glass Jar
          Melt gently the beeswax and coconut oil, add the cayenne pepper and
          turmeric. Let it cool slightly and add the EO’s. Mix through and put it in a

          Herbal Pain Salve
          ½ ounce Beeswax
          2 ounces Coconut Oil
          10 drops Eucalyptus EO
          10 drops Peppermint EO
          5 drops Clove EO
          1 Glass Jar
          Gently melt the beeswax and coconut oil in the double boiler , let it cool
          slightly and add the EO’s. Put in jar.

  2. love these headache recipes…… brother lost his wife recently and has developed tension headaches….I use trauma oil as carrier…was wondering which of these recipes would work BEST for tension…..thank you jan

    1. Hi Jan,
      My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your brother’s wife. The pain of grief and emotional suffering can definitely have a huge effect on a person’s physical health. My personal pick would be the “Headache Away” recipe since it contains both peppermint and chamomile essential oil, which are used commonly to treat tension headaches. Peppermint itself contains menthol, which can help relax muscles and relieve pain from both tension headaches and migraines. Chamomile relaxes the body and soothes muscles and is also a great aid in treating tension headaches. Since the recipe also includes Lavender, it can help aid with stress relief and relaxation. (Even just inhaling the Lavender scent from the bottle) I included the recipe below. I also like to keep my roller bottle in the fridge as the coolness also offers some relief when applied. Apply to temples, forehead, behind ears, and back of the neck. I hope this helps and thanks for reaching out to me.


      Headache Away

      8 drops of Peppermint

      8 drops of Lavender

      8 drops of Chamomile

      5 drops of Frankincense

      Fill roller bottle with carrier oil of your choice.

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