Migraine Favorite Things - Aromatherapy Smelling Salts

TERI-Determine-PurposeIf you're like me, you'll use anything you can to deal with Migraines, and you have your "favorite things" for doing so. 

One of my favorite things is a little vial of aromatherapy smelling salts that I keep with me when I'm out. It serves to purposes for me:

  1. It helps with nausea during a Migraine attack.
  2. Using it quickly has helped me avoid Migraine attacks from perfumes and other odors.

Let me share with you two examples of the second purpose...

While attending a conference, I got on an elevator one morning, and quickly found myself surrounded by high school cheerleaders who were attending another conference. What do teenage girls love? Perfume! Just as I was being assaulted by several fragrances that the girls were wearing, I whipped out my smelling salts, put the vial directly under my nose, and kept it there until I was off the elevator and clear of the miasma of fragrances. I stepped out side for a bit of fresh air, then went back inside and got on with my day - without a Migraine. Yay!

One day, I was stuck in very slowly moving traffic due to road construction. Much to my chagrin, I ended up behind a large truck that was spewing dark, noxious exhaust - another of my Migraine triggers. Once again, I grabbed my smelling salts and kept the vial directly under my nose until traffic moved, and I was able to get around that truck. I was really annoyed at the prospect of getting a Migraine because of the truck exhaust as I still had several hours to drive that day, and I won't drive with a Migraine. Fortunately, I didn't get a Migraine. Again - Yay!

I keep a few aromatherapy supplies around and make my own smelling salts. In fact, I make more than one type and keep them around. Peppermint helps nausea. Lemongrass or red mandarin help with the feelings of depression and anxiety that can occur during a Migraine attack. Eucalyptus helps when a Migraine causes nasal congestion. If you'd like to see, step-by-step, how you can make your own aromatherapy smelling salts, take a look at How to Make Migraine Aromatherapy Smelling Salts.

 

What are some of your Migraine favorite things? Please leave a comment below, and share them with everyone.

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Migraine Favorite Things - Sobakawa Pillow

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There was a discussion the other day on a Facebook Migraine group about pillows. We were talking about pillows that were comfortable and weren't Migraine triggers.

There are some pillows available that seem like they'd be great because of their size, shape, the way the support the head and so on. But you get them and discover that they're filled with something "natural" that turns out to have a fragrance or oder that's a trigger or that the substance that's a trigger itself.

That's no help! :-O

I shared my favorite pillow with that group, and it occurs to me that I should share it with you too. When I first saw it advertised on television, I was skeptical, really skeptical. But I was also ever so weary of all the pillows piled in our guest room, none of which I ever find comfortable when I have a Migraine.

When I saw the Sobakawa on television again, I decided to try it. It had a money-back guarantee, and I'm not shy about sending things back if they don't live up to their guarantee. This time, I wasn't disappointed. I loved the pillow. My husband tried it, and he liked it well enough that my pillow became his pillow. (Isn't that always the way?)

By then, the Sobakawa was available on Amazon.com, my favorite place to shop because we use thier annual Amazon Prime shipping option.

Here are some of my favorite features of the Sobakawa:

  • It's filled with micro air beads that have absolutely no fragrance or odor to them. 
  • The air between the beads keeps the pillow cooler than other pillows I've used.
  • The pillow will conform to my head and shoulders.
  • It only takes a light touch of my hand to adjust the shape of the pillow.

They say it can be place in the freezer for a cooling effect, but we never have that much open space in our freezer. I HAVE, during cold weather, put it in a plastic bag and set it out on the porch for  a while. That IS nice when I'm feeling hot and horrid with a Migraine.

If you're looking for a new pillow, you might want to check out the Sobakawa Cloud Pillow w/ Bonus Case.

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Migraine Favorite Things - My "Bed Buddy"

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When you have a Migraine, are things that make you more comfortable helpful? During a Migraine, creature comforts become more important to me. In addition to a dark, quiet room, I just feel better with my favorite blanket and pillow. There are some other items that are "Migraine favorites" for me too.

The Migraine I had last night kept me awake for a bit, and I was thinking that we could share our Migraine favorites. My hands and feet are always cold in the winter, but it seems that me feet are always cold when I get a Migraine, and in the winter, that's especially uncomfortable. Actually, it's somewhat painful. My feet get so cold that they hurt. That's part of what kept me awake last night.

So, I turned to my "Bed Buddy" to warm my feet. I'd heated it before I went to bed, but it had cooled down, so I heated it a second time, and it felt so good! As my feet got warmer, I could feel that I was better able to relax my entire body, and I finally drifted off to sleep.

The Carex Bed Buddy Hot/Cold Pack is easy to use. You just pop it in the microwave to heat it. Or, if you prefer, you can put it in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer to get cold. How warm it gets depens on how long you leave it in the microwave, and it stays warm for a couple of hours. It also drapes across the shoulders or back of the neck pretty well if you prefer to use it there.

I hate shopping and trying to find items in "regular" stores, so I shop online whenever possible. I found my Carex Bed Buddy Hot/Cold Pack on Amazon for under $10.00.

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