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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Review: SootheAway for Migraine

SootheAway166 When you have a Migraine or headache, do you use heating or cooling therapy? Do you reach into the freezer for a gel or ice pack or throw a pack into the microwave to heat up? If you do, the SootheAwayTM Continuous Thermal Therapy device is something worth considering.

I'll admit that I was a bit skeptical, but that skepticism turned into a very pleasant surprise when I tried the SootheAway. With traditional cold and hot packs, I always have problems getting and keeping the temperature right. When I microwave a hot pack, it seems that I always get it too warm or not warm enough. Even if it's the right temperature, it doesn't stay that way very long. Cold packs are the same way. Straight from the freezer, they're too cold against my skin at first. Then they warm up too soon, and I have to get up to get another one from the freezer.

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