Do you want to buy a little migraine relief gift for your beloved migraineur... or yourself?
Are you looking for something to ease their pain or just say "I love you" in some thoughtful way?
If you just don't know what might be good... here are some things you can do and gift ideas that you can use right now.
I'll start with some free ideas and then work my way up!
Having a glass of water by the bed is essential, even if just for a sip during a migraine attack.
You can make little presents at home by tying bows around some painkillers and a glass of water.
You could fill a glass of water, while your beloved is resting, and put some clear water blessing labels on the glass for a little surprise after the attack.
Don't be alarmed if s/he does not notice during the attack. The pain is often intense and unbearable.
You could watch this FREE 45 minute webinar / workshop of mine and educate yourself on migraines. You'll learn what to watch for and what you can do and use to help relieve and abort attacks. Learn this when they can't - it's a perfect migraine relief gift.
Here's the link:
OK, not free but inexpensive...
A small bottle of peppermint essential oil will never go astray... unless, of course, it is a migraine trigger. Peppermint is known to reduce nausea and it is relaxing to smell.
Put a few drops on a Kleenex tissue to hold and smell or put it on their pillow as they rest. You can also put a few drops in a cold or hot bowl of water to use with a washcloth for their forehead.
You can also use it neat if their skin tolerates it. Put a tiny little drop on your finger and rub into their temple or meridian points above the ears.
**Make sure they can tolerate the scent and your movement in the room before you enter.**
Smells are handled by the olfactory bulb, the structure in the front of the brain that sends information to the other areas of the body's central command for further processing. Odors take a direct route to the limbic system, including the amygdala and the hippocampus, the regions related to emotion and memory.
~ Harvard News
Leave a little note (or a big one) saying...
"I love you whether you have a migraine or not!" or "I'm here for you."
This is always nice to see. It can be hard to feel loved when your head's exploding on a regular basis.
Bring in fresh ice packs, a fresh hot water bottle or just a favorite food to nibble on to reduce nausea or to have after the attack. Here is the link to my ginger tea recipe - perfect for this situation.
Carbohydrate snacks are most often craved for during a migraine, no triggers allowed though. A piece of buttered bread, toast or some crackers work well for nausea.
The number one MOST helpful thing is an ice pack. This is the single most effective thing you can do to reduce pain and suffering quite quickly.
If you want to really spoil your loved one, think about getting a cranial ice cap. There are some trendy migraine hats around now, so check them out too. This is sheer luxury if you don't have effective migraine abortive medications.
Here are my hand picked top favorites for you to choose from:
Light sensitivity can be quite an issue for you or a friend or family member with migraines. You may already know how painful it can be to spend any time in stores or offices that use fluorescent lighting. And then there's the time spent on computers and all of our devices!
I love my migraine glasses and I'm super excited for you to test these out if you haven't already - they will make a great migraine relief gift.
Here are my 2 favorite ones:
To continue with the light sensitivity theme, there are some exciting new migraine products on the market that promote green light therapy.
The Allay Lamp, for example, offers narrow band green light therapy to reduce light sensitivity. It not only reduces the overall migraine symptoms during attacks, it helps to reduce the frequency of attacks!! I've written about light sensitivity here.
However - if you are not convinced, you can try this cheaper alternative and see if it works first:
I could spend all day recommending good relaxation CD's for you use yourself or to give as a gift. That is as long as you or your migraineur can tolerate a small level of noise.
Sensory overload is often common with migraine attacks, hence the requirement for a dark room and silence. But soft soothing music can substantially reduce anxiety.
It's hard to find a 'one size fits all' migraine relief gift because everyone is so different. So you could try and buy a whole bunch of little things and put them in a gift basket... here is what I recommend:
Helping your loved one learn about their migraine condition could change their life. You can learn things that help and bring these things to their attention. Education on their particular diagnosis is essential. Not every doctor knows enough about migraine to treat it effectively. So, knowledge gives you options.
I can help with some of that, and there is the Migraine World Summit each year that you can both watch for free.
Here are the links:
I often recommend Calm to the members in my Facebook group.
It’s an app for sleep, meditation and relaxation. You can even fall asleep to Mathew McConaughey telling you a bedtime story. And listen to actors like Russell Brand, Goldie Hawn, and Elizabeth Gilbert in Insight Timer.
Additional popular guided meditation subscriptions are with Headspace and Breethe.
If you are shopping for a migraine relief gift for someone living with migraine, please know that each one of us can have different triggers. Triggers start an attack. So with that in mind I suggest you avoid the following:
I truly hope that this holiday season will allow you and all of your loved ones to spend quality time together and enjoy each others company. Although gifts are part of the long-time tradition, nothing says “I care about you” or “I love you” like a phone call or a random act of kindness.
I also hope that these migraine relief gift ideas will make the shopping process easier for you when you are shopping for your beloved or someone living with migraine.
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1. Walsh, C. Harvard News (2020) What the nose knows. Available [online] at: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2020/02/how-scent-emotion-and-memory-are-intertwined-and-exploited/