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DIY Headache and Tension Relief Balm

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If you’re looking for a great natural remedy for headaches, this DIY headache and tension relief balm works wonders. The all natural ingredients and essential oils soothe and relax.

DIY headache and tension relief balm on a table next to a plant

Balms can be a very effective way to apply essential oils to your body. 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 with headache relief and neck and shoulder tension. I personally get tension built up very fast in my neck and shoulders, which causes headaches.

If you don’t want to make your own, you can buy a pre-made headache balm on Amazon.

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.

If you don’t have all of the supplies on hand to make this natural remedy for headaches, you can also purchase a pre-made headache balm.

Close of of homemade headache relief balm containers on table

Headache & Tension Relief Balm

If you're looking for a great natural remedy for headaches, this DIY headache and tension relief balm works wonders.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Makes: 6



  • Small containers with lids – at least 6 unless they are over an ounce each
  • Labels and marker if desired


  • Fill the bottom half of your double boiler with water and set 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 wax 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 around half an ounce each.
    Empty balm containers on counter
  • Once your wax is melted and clear in color, measure out your coconut oil and sweet almond oil and add it to the pan, stirring to combine.
    Adding oil to pan with beeswax
  • 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.
    Adding essential oils to wax and oil mixture for headache balm
  • Pour your headache balm into containers slowly, filling a bit below the top edge. Repeat until all of your containers are full.
    While you're doing this, keep the heat on the pan very low in case you need it to soften up the balm. It does set up quickly and sometimes while pouring you may need to put the pan back on the warm water for a few minutes to re-melt the mixture if you don't move quickly enough.
    Balm containers filled with melted headache balm
  • Now, leave the containers at room temperature on your counter to cool fully. This will take about 30 to 45 minutes. Feel the bottom center to see if it has cooled all the way. If it has, they are good to go.
    Five containers of headache balm on a table


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.

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2 thoughts on “DIY Headache and Tension Relief Balm”

    1. I have not worked with camphor and I’m not sure I’d want it in a product that may go near my eyes. If you do want to add it because you won’t be using this balm near your eyes, the dilution of camphor needs to be less than 11%.

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