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HeadWay, Issue #175 -- Your Mega-list of Migraine Kit Ideas!
April 22, 2019

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In this issue:

Your Mega-list of Migraine Kit Ideas!

The Give-Away Winner!

Say what?! Magnesium Oil

Your Migraine Kit Ideas

A few weeks ago I asked for your ideas for what to put in a "migraine kit" - and you had some great ones! It's been a lot of fun collecting your ideas. This is a great way to share ideas in our community.

So, let's not keep you in suspense any longer! This is a long list, but it's worth it. Here are your top ideas:
  • Medication: Let's get this one out of the way first. Everyone has a favourite rescue medication, either prescription or over-the-counter. This was your #1 response.
  • Essential oils: Extremely popular, especially oils such as peppermint and lavender. Also frankincense and copaiba, as well as various special mixes of "headache fighting" oils.
  • Cool water: ...and so a good, insulated water bottle. Some people prefer a water bottle with a straw, such as the one in our giveaway.
  • Sunglasses: For obvious reasons. It's worth it to invest in a quality pair. I've recommended Smith Optics in the past.
  • Protein snack: A great suggestion. Avoid sugar and sweeteners.
  • Ear plugs: Another item we included in the giveaway.
  • Eye mask: To block out the light and soothe burning eyes. This eye mask was in our giveaway.
  • Ice packs/gel packs: There are a wide variety of options here, such as instant cold packs, the Icekap, and my personal go-to Be Koool Migraine Soft Gel Sheets. Not great for travel, but one person mentioned that their husband bought them a mini-freezer for their room. Mini-fridge or mini-freezer - great idea!
  • Caffeine: Some people find that caffeine helps, so they bring tablets or even a gift card for the coffee shop.
  • Pillow and/or neck pillow: Yes, seriously, bring your own pillow. I love my buckwheat neck pillow, similar to this one.
  • Music/affirmations: You should have your phone with you anyway, for emergencies.
  • Heat pad: Such as a rice pad.
  • Kleenex/tissues: Multi-purpose, but good for the runny nose that often accompanies migraine.
  • Hat with brim: For extra shade. Lots of options here, to fit your style (or fit in your kit-bag!).
  • Ginger: Although I would be cautious of the sugar in candied ginger, it does fight nausea.
Those were your top suggestions, but there were many more. So here are a few more "honourable mentions":
  • Magnesium: Magnesium comes in many forms - power, liquid, tablets. For previous recommendations see Which Magnesium Supplements Work?. Magnesium oil is also a thing - to rub on sore muscles (more on that below).
  • Migraine glasses: Axon Optics were mentioned, and of course we've talked about TheraSpecs.
  • Money: A very good idea, whether it's for an emergency snack, or a bit tucked away for a special treat, food or other.
  • Facecloth: Very simple, but inexpensive, small, and versatile. Put some water or rubbing alcohol on it to cool your forehead. Wash your face if you're sick to your stomach.
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste: I wouldn't have thought of this one, but it's an excellent suggestion. If you're like me, you've found it actually makes you feel better. And even more useful, again, if nausea gets the better of you.
  • Nausea med: Oral or suppository, very wise to have along.
  • Information: Such as a list of migraine-fighting foods or triggers. Your medical information is also a great thing to have along, in case you end up visiting a doctor.
  • Book/Kindle: We mentioned this last time, but it's a great idea.
Thanks for all your great input! Now go and make your own kit - customized just for you!

The Give-Away Winner!

Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway! Our winner was Megan from Gastonia, NC, USA. I said I would send three items for her migraine kit, but I ended up sending all 5, as a little surprise. I hope they're a help to you, Megan!

Check out the last issue of HeadWay to see all that Megan received.

Say what?! Magnesium Oil

Magnesium oil isn't oil at all. It's simply magnesium mixed with water, although it also comes in gels and lotions.

Magnesium oil is a good way to get magnesium without the side effects some people experience with the oral varieties.

Some brands you might be familiar with include Rapid Pain Relief Magnesium Oil Lotion, Magnesium Direct, and Mgic Moisturizing Magnesium Lotion. Read more about magnesium oil in this article by nutrition counsellor Christine Ruggeri: Magnesium Oil: Does It Really Improve Magnesium Absorption?

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