Knockin' Noggin: Essential Oils for Headaches - Naturally Blended

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Knockin’ Noggin: Essential Oils for Headaches

Plant Therapy KidSafe Knockin' Noggin Essential Oil Blend

When headaches come knockin’, what do you do? Kids and adults alike have all experienced the pain, tension and even sensitivity that comes with headaches. And it is no fun at all. It doesn’t help that not all the headaches are the same and they may be triggered by different things. Our new KidSafe blend Knockin’ Noggin, and essential oils in general, are a wonderful and natural way to help alleviate headaches for you and your little ones.


Types of Headaches

Mom comforting child feeling sick

Not all headaches are created equal. One of the most common forms of headaches is tension headaches. This usually results in a mild or moderate pain that feels like a tight band wrapped around your head. Migraines, on the other hand, can even include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Cluster headaches often result in localized pain around the eye, watery eyes and a runny nose. While headaches can sometimes be chronic, they can be the result of exercise, coughing, sinus infections, stress, dehydration, and the flu.

Paying attention to the potential causes of the headache will help you know if there are other measures you can take to relieve the headache, like drinking more water, or what essential oils will be the most useful. It will also help you know if it’s serious enough to warrant a visit to the doctor. But for those times that the occasional headache hits and you or your family are looking for a little relief, essential oils can help.


Essential Oils for Headaches

Plant Therapy Peppermint Essential Oil

Determining the type of headache or what’s causing it is the first step in knowing how to use essential oils to find relief. If it’s a sinus pressure headache, essential oils like Eucalyptus can help break up congestion and ease breathing. If it’s a result of stress, calming oils like Lavender or Chamomile can help soothe the feelings of stress, restlessness, and irritation. Plus their sedative properties are great for promoting relaxation and reducing tension. And both these oils are great choices for children!

Peppermint is another one of the heavy-hitters when it comes to headaches. Cooling to the skin, it can help relieve the acute pain associated with headaches. Diluting Peppermint in your favorite carrier oil and applying it topically on the temples and back of the neck has shown to relieve pain and be a well-tolerated alternative to taking the edge off a headache [1 & 2]. For those times that nausea accompanies your headaches, it can also help soothe a queasy stomach. Spearmint is a great alternative for any children under the age of 10!



Meet Knockin’ Noggin

Plant Therapy Knockin Noggin KidSafe Essential Oil Blend

When those headaches hit, you don’t have to waste any time rummaging through your essential oil collection. Our brand new blend Knockin’ Noggin was specifically formulated to help relieve the knockin’ in your little one’s noggin.

Eucalyptus Dives and Lavandin help promote circulation and a clear head. Plus both these oils are great for supporting a healthy respiratory system and clear breathing. And because stress and anxiety can contribute to the headache, Roman Chamomile and Neroli add their calming properties to this crisp and sweet blend. Knockin’ Noggin is complete with Sweet Orange, Frankincense Carterii, Tangerine, and Clary Sage, all of which are uplifting, balancing, and help reduce nervous tension. It has a crisp and sweet scent with light herbaceous undertones that will get your child’s noggin back on track in no time when the occasional tension headache hits.

Both topical application and inhalation are fantastic ways to get the benefits of this blend. Dilute it to 2-4% in your favorite carrier oil and apply it to your neck and temples. Or go straight for our pre-diluted roll-on! You can also add 2-3 drops to your diffuser or 5-7 drops to an aromatherapy inhaler for on-the-go use.


Knockin’ Noggin vs Tension Tamer

Children hugging

Tension Tamer is another KidSafe blend we offer that is designed to help with tension and headaches. It features Lavender, Palmarosa, Geranium Bourbon, Lemon and Chamomile Roman. With a slightly fruity and herbaceous aroma, the essential oils in Tension Tamer were specifically chosen to help with relaxation and relieve tension, whether it’s in the head or elsewhere in the body. Knockin’ Noggin, on the other hand, was designed to help when the tension and “knockin'” is in the head.



[1] Gobel, H., Fresenius, J., Heinze, A., Dworschak, M., Soyka, D. (August 1996). Effectiveness of Oleum menthae piperitae and paracetamol in therapy of headache of the tension type.  Retrieved from

[2] Gobel, H., Schmidt, G., Dworschak, M., Stolze, H. (October 1995). Essential plant oils and headache mechanisms. Retrieved from

88 thoughts on “Knockin’ Noggin: Essential Oils for Headaches”

  1. Thank you for explaining the two blends and sharing how different oils help with different causes. This was very helpful!

  2. I’ve been using peppermint for my aching muscles, actually a blend of coconut carrier oil, neem, turmeric, lavender & peppermint oils!
    I also use peppermint on the diffuser! Good to know it helps with headaches too!

    1. I have been looking for a way to help my little one without pushing oral meds for a headache. Thank you so much for another option!

  3. I get sinus headaches all the time when the weather changes or it rains (I live in VA and it does both often). So oils have been a lifesaver! Especially Lavender, Peppermint and Frankincense.

  4. Thanks for the information! I don’t have the Knockin’ Noggin blend yet but I made a copy cat recipe and it smells wonderful!!! It helped me with my headache as well! Thank you for this creation!

  5. This is great information on headaches in general and on which oils to go to first when I am experiencing a headache!

  6. My husband gets lots of headaches, so I’m trying all sorts of blends to see if anything helps him (we also have a LO running around and another on the way). Double checking to make sure it’s pregnancy/nursing safe; if not, it will stay on his side of the bed!

  7. I love that this comes in a Kidsafe blend! My oldest son gets headaches from time to time and I really don’t want to start him in a habit of treating with pain relievers if it can be managed naturally.

  8. Peppermint is the best! My horses actually gravitate to this EO too! It’s great to help relieve any type of inflammation.

  9. These are all great ideas. My daughter gets migraines all the time. I found it helpful to figure out what triggers her migraines. For her it’s usually being over tired or too much stimulation.

    1. I wrap a folded bandana around my head with ice & use muscle aid on the back of my neck. Then I lay down for awhile. I have had migraines off & on for over 40 years. Thankfully as I got older the migraines got fewer.

  10. I can’t wait to try this one. I have most of the KidSafe blends and my daughter-in-law diffuses them in her classroom to help keep the class focused. Thank You so much Plant Therapy.

    1. Thanks Plant Therapy for this wonderful Kidsafe Blend!! I am definitely adding it to my list of wants!! With a 5 and 7 year old at home it’s great to know I have a trusted brand of oils that are safe to use with and around them!

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