Wednesday, October 04, 2023
Essential Oils

Essential Oils for Head Tension

Would you agree that one of the worst things to get is head tension? It can totally knock you out at times and leave you not wanting to do a thing. I have struggled with many different types of head tension throughout the last 8 years as I tried to get my hormones back on track. Some days were worse than others, but one thing is for sureā€¦no matter what type it is, they are NOT fun!

I love using natural options rather than constantly grabbing an over the counter drug to pop in my mouth. There are many different essential oils you can use for head tension, and I would love to walk you through the most popular ones to try first. Here are my favorite essential oils for head tension to try next time you get that discomfort.

Essential Oils for Head Tension by O Natural Corner
PastTense (Tension Blend)

If you didn’t notice, tension is actually right in the name of this essential oil blend. The Tension Blend, which is also called PastTense, is formulated specifically for tension. It is a blend of several oils that help ease those stressful feelings and also has a nice cooling effect.

When using this blend, be sure to dilute it with fractionated coconut oil due to its strong nature, it can be a little overwhelming for some people with sensitive skin. It comes in a 10mL rollerball ready to roll on wherever you need it. You can rub it on the back of your neck and shoulders and onto your temples to help ease head tension. This blend is also amazing for tension in other parts of your body. It can be used on your feet, legs, and arms when tension arises in those areas as well.

Ingredients: Wintergreen Leaf, Lavender Flower, Peppermint Plant, Frankincense Resin, Cilantro Herb, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Basil Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf essential oils
*Be sure to keep it away from your eyes.


As you can see above, Peppermint is one of the many oils that are in PastTense. Due to its high menthol content and cooling effect on the skin, it makes a great oil for tension and discomfort. This is precisely why it made my list as a single oil to use.

This is a very common go-to oil for head tension, and it seems to work wonders. For best results, apply Peppermint oil to your temples, back of your neck, or directly to the problem area. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to dilute the oil before applying.
*Be sure to keep it away from your eyes.


Lavender oil is a bit different than the first two we talked about. It doesn’t have that cooling effect for the skin, but what it does have is relaxing properties. When you think about tension and how to help ease it, you might think about relaxing the muscles. That is exactly what lavender is going to help do.

This oil can be applied neat (no need to dilute), so it is a great oil to grab for the kiddos and try first. You can apply lavender to the temples, back of the neck, or directly to any problem areas. This is also a great oil to apply to your wrists and inhale to help you relax those muscles and release that tension. Lastly, you can take Lavender oil internally (make sure you only use CPTG when ingesting oils) to help ease feelings of tension. Add a couple drops to a veggie capsule or put a drop directly under your tongue.
*Be sure to keep it away from your eyes.

Relieving Head Tension with Essential Oils by O Natural Corner
Deep Blue (Soothing Blend)

One of my all-time favorite oils for so many different uses is the Deep Blue Soothing Blend. With a couple of the same oils as PastTense, this blend gives you a cooling effect but can also then give you a warming effect. It is great to massage into the skin to help with discomfort or tension.

Many athletes use the Deep Blue Rub for their daily workouts or to help with discomfort. This form of Deep Blue is the oil in an easy to apply per-diluted lotion. This is by far my favorite way to use the soothing blend. It is easy to apply directly to the problem area and massages in great. This blend is my go-to for when that head tension is severe.

You can apply this oil/lotion directly to the problem area, temples, forehead, muscles, back of the neck, you get the idea. I would avoid the sensitive areas of your body and make sure you wash your hands after applying to avoid possible contact with your eyes.

Ingredients: Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus


Frankincense is known as, The King of Oils. For this reason, you can imagine the uses are endless for this powerful oil. Just because I put Frank (yes, we are on first-name basis around here) last in this group doesn’t mean I would reach for him after I tried the others. I don’t think many people think about him when they are fighting off that nasty head tension but do not underestimate him.

He has saved me many of times when I am not able to shake that dreaded tension or when I can feel the start of one coming on. The way this oil works at the cellular level makes it no surprise that it has the power to help with tension. You can apply him directly to the problem area, but the best method I have found that works is to put a drop on your thumb and then press your thumb to the roof of your mouth for 10 seconds. I know this might sound odd, but next time you are struggling with that head tension, give this a try. It always amazes me how fast it works.

I hope you will find relief with these natural solutions next time you are fighting off that tension. Please be sure you are using your oils in a safe manure. I would recommend you read about how to use oils safely before trying any of these essential oils for head tension.

If you do not yet have these oils and you need some help getting started, I would love to assist you and walk you through the process. Feel free to send me an email, friend!

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