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The Best DIY Headache and Tension Relief Balm

Are you dealing with headaches and tension? If you’re looking for a great natural remedy for headaches, this DIY headache and tension relief balm works wonders.
Balms can be a very effective way to apply essential oils to your body, for multiple uses, whether it be for mood or for health issues. They work well because you not only get the benefits of the base ingredients in addition to the essential oils, but they stay put on your body longer than if you used just the essential oil straight on the skin.

This particular balm was designed to help relieve tension in the muscles and help with headache relief. I personally get tension built up very fast in my neck and shoulders, which causes headaches, so I use it when that is flaring up. If the tension is really bad, you can layer oils on top of the balm as well.

The essential oils used in this balm are a powerful combination, and each one adds its own health benefit and relief into the remedy.

Frankincense essential oil is used because it is great for the skin. Frankincense can help with neurological issues, so if your headache is more of a migraine type, it will help alleviate that faster. It also helps reduce inflammation, so it helps that tension die down fast.

Spearmint essential oil is used for its cooling effect, which immediately helps relieve the pain. The cooling sensation it gives will feel like it is masking that pain, but it will take it away too. Plus, Spearmint just smells amazing!

Peppermint essential oil is used for a similar reason. In addition to being cooling, it does help tremendously to alleviate pain and discomfort. For any type of muscle strain or pain, peppermint can give immediate tension relief.

Basil essential oil is one oil that’s good for pain relief, and can be underrated sometimes as far as oils go. It is great for ear pain and for muscle pain, and if your headache is radiating near the ear or temple, it is perfect oil to use topically there.

Lavender essential oil is used mainly for its calming effect. It will help calm your mood, your tension and the stress in the muscles. It will also help you sleep if you are dealing with the pain at night. In addition, it’s great for the skin too, so it helps in that aspect as well.

This recipe makes more than one container or balm, so depending on the size you get, you can make extras to give away, or to keep for backup. I use smaller containers so that I can keep them in my purse or give them to people easily.

The Best DIY Headache and Tension Relief Balm

Ingredients and Supplies

  • 3 tablespoons beeswax, either a brick that you will need to chop up, or you can use beeswax pastilles
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil (jojoba oil works well too)
  • 8 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 6 drops spearmint essential oil
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops basil essential oil
  • Double boiler
  • Small containers with lids – at least 6 unless they are over an ounce each
  • Labels and marker if desired
  • Directions
  • Chop up your beeswax first if you need to do that. Otherwise, you can start by filling the bottom half of your double boiler with water and setting it over medium-high heat.


  • Add the top half of your double boiler and put your beeswax in the pan. It takes a few minutes to start to melt. once you hear the water getting close to boiling, turn it down to low. The last thing you want is for the wax to burn, so just keep an eye on it once you notice it’s beginning to melt down, because it does go much faster at that point.
  • While the max is melting, go ahead and line up your containers so they are ready once it’s all melted. I used 9 containers in total and they were close to half an ounce each, but I’m not 100% on the size because they weren’t marked.
  • Then measure out your coconut oil and sweet almond oil.
  • Once your wax is melted and clear in color, add in the coconut oil and stir, letting it melt. Repeat with the sweet almond oil after that.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool slightly (but not harden). Then, add in your essential oils, one at a time. Be careful not to over pour them, as most of these oils are runny in texture.
  • Stir well. Now, you are ready to pour your headache balm into your containers.
  • Keep the heat on very low in case you need it to soften up the balm, as it does set up quickly and sometimes while pouring you may need to do that if you don’t move quickly enough.
  • Pour your headache balm into containers slowly, filling a bit below the top edge. Repeat until all of your containers are full.
  • How to Use Your Headache and Tension Relief Balm
  • Apply a pea sized amount over the back of the neck or any area of muscle tension and rub in all the way. Apply to temples and down hair line for headaches, and layer with essential oils of peppermint, lavender and/or frankincense for more tension relief.

Get Headache Relief in the Bath!
Looking for more natural headache remedies? Try making these DIY tension relief bath bombs. They smell absolutely amazing!

You can even modify them to use the same essential oils that are used in this headache balm for extra tension relief power.

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