Headaches suck. I tried to think of some fun, interesting interlude to present as an introduction to this recipe, but that is pretty much the gist of my thoughts on headaches. They’ll ruin a good day or a good mood in a heartbeat, with little concern for what you need to accomplish. And now that a headache is no longer an acceptable reason to excuse yourself of your responsibilities, they are now the jerks of the minor malady world as well.
I had a headache at work a while ago, and a coworker tossed me a marker printed with “Saje”. His fiancée had given it to him, from a Canadian company called Saje that specializes in essential oils and what not. Their headache pen is a handy little marker filled with essential oils—whenever you have a headache you just dab the pen wherever it hurts, and let the essential oils do the rest. And best of all, it works. After the headache melted away, I’ve been planning to make my own ever since. (Bonus: it also works on other localized aches and pains—I love it for sore joints.)
The main essential oil in the pen is peppermint, with hints of cajeput, rosemary, lavender, and a few other headache-helping essential oils. The final result is a handy little roller that will erase a headache with as much speed as an ibuprofen, but minus the pill. Sweet.
Essential Oil Headache Eraser
20 drops peppermint essential oil (USA / Canada)
17 drops eucalyptus globulus essential oil
15 drops cajeput essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil (optional)
1 drop Helichrysum essential oil (optional)
1 toothpick swirl vetiver essential oill (optional)
~2mL Perfumery alcohol (or high proof vodka [at least 70% alcohol]) or carrier oil, to fill
Start with a 5mL roll on bottle or glass bottle (5mL= 1 tsp). An empty 5mL essential oil bottle will work beautifully if you don’t have the roll on bottle.
Add the essential oils to the bottle—they will add up to about 3mL.
Top off with perfumery alcohol or a light carrier oil of your choice. It’s really up to you what you use here. I used perfumery alcohol because I had it on hand, and it evaporates faster than the carrier oil will. If you don’t have perfumery alcohol, just go ahead and use a carrier oil like grapeseed or safflower.
Because of the high essential oil concentration in this, a glass roller bottle is an even better idea than a plastic one! These ones look beautiful, but they are 10mL instead of 5mL, so you’ll need to double the recipe to fill them 🙂
Looking for more headache remedies? Everyday Roots has 18 more here!