How to Make Migraine Aromatherapy Roll-ons

Teri Robert | May 17th 2017 Jun 1st 2017

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Although aromatherapy can’t abort a Migraine attack, it can be helpful for symptomatic relief and comfort. Roll-ons are commercially available, but making them ourselves allows us to customize them, and they’re less expensive. Here are instructions for making your own customized Migraine aromatherapy roll-ons.

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Select oils to meet your Migraine needs

There are many essential oils we can add to our roll-ons, depending on the symptoms we’re targeting. Peppermint is great for nausea. Lemongrass, mandarin, and other citrus oils are great for the emotional swings that Migraines can bring. Lavender, jasmine, and clary sage are helpful for sleep. You can find more on oils in Migraine and Complementary Therapies – Aromatherapy.

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Select a carrier oil

Carrier oils form the base of the roll-on. They have no scent of their own. They “carry” the essential oils to the skin. They’re necessary because, with the exception of lavender, essential oils need to be diluted before being applied to the skin. Fractionated coconut is a popular choice because it’s colorless, has a very light texture, and washes out of clothes and linens. As with essential oils, they should be packaged in colored bottles to keep light out.

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Select a roll-on bottle

Roll-on bottles come in a couple of different sizes and several different colors. Clear bottles are not appropriate for use with essential oils because light damages the oils and renders them ineffective. Cobalt blue, amber, or green bottles are best. The roller balls are most often plastic, but some are metal. Both work well. One slight difference is that the metal balls feel cold to the touch, and some people find that soothing during a Migraine.

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Add the essential oils to the bottle

Depending on what your purpose is, you can use one or more essential oils. Test your blend before adding oils to your bottle by putting drops on a paper towel to see how they blend and if you want more of one than another. This step will help avoid wasting oils. Once you’re set on your blend, add a total of 20 to 30 drops of essential oils to your bottle if you’re using a 10 ml bottle. Use proportionately less in smaller bottles.

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Add carrier oil and complete the roll-on

Once you have your essential oils in the bottle, it’s time to add the carrier oil. Unlike essential oils bottles, carrier oil bottles don’t usually have an orifice reducer, so you’ll probably need a pipette or small funnel. Add carrier oil to the top of the main part of the bottle, but not into the neck where the ball goes. Then, insert the roller ball and its holder into the neck of the bottle. Once you’ve done that, it’s ready for you to put the cap on the bottle.

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Using your Migraine aromatherapy roll-on

Once your roll-on is assembled and the cap is on the bottle, you’re ready to use it anywhere. It can be easily carried without worrying about it leaking. Roll it gently between your hands to mix the oils before using. It can be applied at your temples, neck, or below your nose. Just avoid the eye area. If your symptoms and needs vary from one Migraine to the next, you may want to make more than one bend. Avoid storying your roll-on in high temperatures or direct sunlight.

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More on Migraine and aromatherapy

For more information about Migraine and aromatherapy, see:

Aromatherapy can’t take the place of the Migraine treatments that our doctors recommend, but they can be one more weapon in our arsenal to help us live better with Migraine disease.