How to create a migraine relief kit to help cope with headaches naturally. While medication can be a life saver, there are times in your life that you may not be able to take medication. When pregnant or breastfeeding, migraine relief can be difficult.
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I get brutal migraines, but they have definitely decreased in frequency since the days I was on birth control pills (a potential side effect, unfortunately). That said, occasionally I still get a whopper and migraines are a whole different ballgame when you are pregnant, breastfeeding, and/or have loud children. The other day I had a terrible migraine with nausea and all I could take was Tylenol. I told my kids (who were quietly playing on the iPad) that I needed to lay down for a bit. Within 5 minutes, they were having band practice in my house. Because of course they were.
One of the things I wanted to put together for this organization series are some quick kits to make coping with different issues easier. When I was in school for social work, we always talked about helping clients create a toolbox for coping with their mental health symptoms. I figured a toolbox for health issues would be useful too! When I’m in the throes of pain, I don’t always remember all of my tricks for relief. I’m always struggling to remember and I do not feel like staring at a computer screen for help.
Today I’m going to discuss the migraine toolbox that I put together.
DIY Migraine Relief Kit
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I used a plastic shoebox and made a labeled it with my instructions. Some of these items I can put into the box and others I’ll need to fetch when I need them (ie. an ice pack).
- Lavender, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Ice Packs
- Wet, Cold Washcloth
- Progressive Relaxation
- Ear plugs
- Eye mask
- Detox Bath: Add Apple Cider Vinegar or Epsom Salts or Baking Soda to your bath.
- Don’t skip meals: Eat something every 3 hours. If you’ve identified migraine triggers, avoid those foods.
- Stretching areas that appear tight (neck, shoulders, etc)
- Yoga for migraine relief
- Scalp massage
- Physical Therapy
- Trigger Point Release Tool or Neck and Shoulder Relaxer
Tips and Tricks for Preventing Migraines Naturally
- For the detox bath, I like to use warm water, but put a cold wash cloth over my head and eyes. I also turn the lights down and light a candle.
- Sometimes I will chew peppermint gum or some ginger for the nausea. If you’re chewing something, make sure not to tense your jaw too much. I also suffer from TMJ and jaw tension really triggers my migraines.
- For the Trigger Point Release Tool or Neck and Shoulder Relaxer, I can’t attest to if they’ll work. My physical therapist had me lay on the trigger point release tool for 5 minutes and it certainly didn’t hurt. I wasn’t in the throes of a migraine at the time though. My thought is this… they appear to be pretty cheap (in terms of supply cost to make them) and the Trigger Point Release Tool I linked is the cheapest one on Amazon… the others were like $50! The neck and shoulder relaxer seemed more reasonably priced. So they might be worth a try, but I feel like both items are really overpriced for what they are. Just my two cents though and quite frankly, if it works then it’s worth it!
- Sometimes I confuse my sinus headaches with my migraines. I try to make sure I’m treating the right type of headache as I approach sinus issues differently.
- Put what works for YOU in your kit. I’m putting what works for me. If you have any more tips, leave a comment below! I love new ideas.