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Migraine Awareness Month #5: Do That To Me One More Time.

Here at Migraine.com we’re participating in the National Migraine Awareness Month Blogging Challenge during the month of June. All of the patient advocates are taking turns to cover the prompts, and today is my first turn.

The theme for the fifth day of Migraine Awareness Month is: “Do That To Me One More Time. What comfort measure do you find helps you enough during a Migraine that you go back to it again and again, and how do you use it?”

I have a veritable arsenal of coping tools I rely on to get me through when I’m experiencing a migraine attack, so narrowing it down to just one is really difficult for me. But after giving it some thought, I decided to focus on aromatherapy products I love.

First up is an awesome aromatherapy balm: Lather Clear Head Balancing Balm. In the interest of full disclosure, I first tried this product when Lather sent me a sample a few months ago, but I liked it enough to buy it for other people, and I use it all the time. My recommendation has nothing to do with them being awesome enough to let me try it for free.

This product contains some of my very favorite scents for coping with a migraine attack: lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus and mandarin. It’s soothing, fresh and delicate. If you have tried similar products in the past and found them to be too strong, this would be a great option for you.

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Next is a product called Origins Peace of Mind On the Spot Relief. This has a consistency similar to lotion and contains basil, peppermint and eucalyptus. It’s a pungent, tingly blend and incredibly relaxing. I’ve been using it for years and find myself using it up and replacing it time after time.

When I’m longing for a lavender-only product, which is my favorite scent, C.O. Bigelow Lavender Salve fits my needs perfectly. This product is almost like a cross between a lip balm and Vaseline. You can use it anywhere on your body, as it’s actually intended for moisturizing rough spots like lips, elbows, knees, etc., but I also like to use it on my pulse points for calm and relaxation.

These are all readily available online, so just do a Google search for the product name if you’re interested in ordering and trying one or more of them for yourself.

What aromatherapy products do you like (during a migraine or anytime)? What is your favorite coping tool during a migraine attack? Please share in the comments!

National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger’s Challenge is initiated by www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.

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Comments

  • Melanie Symonds
    7 years ago

    My favorite coping tool during a migraine is climbing into a hot, steamy bath. I’ve not explored aromatherapy much because during a migraine I’m so sensitive to odors, even smells I normally enjoy will often make me feel worse.

    I have used Origins Peace of Mind on the Spot Relief for general relaxation, but not during a migraine!

  • Diana-Lee author
    7 years ago

    That sounds very soothing, Arden. 🙂

  • arden
    7 years ago

    I live on a boat so I like to go on deck in the evening light and let the wind blow on my head and I imagine it blowing the pain away. A gentle breeze anywhere might be soothing. I also pray at the same time and express all my pain to Father in Heaven along with thankfulness for being alive. Comfort comes.

  • Patty Forrest
    7 years ago

    I love Origins products, but never tried the Peace of Mind on Spot Relief. I’m definitely going to try it! Origins has a recycle program where you can bring your empty cosmetic tubes, bottles, etc. regardless of the brand of cosmetic – and they will give you free samples of their product. I’m not sure if they have samples of Peace of Mind, but you may want to ask! I have lavender blooming in my garden right now, I need a good recipe for making salve or oils – if anyone has one, please post!

  • Melanie Symonds
    7 years ago

    Love the idea of their recycling program too!

  • Diana Lee
    7 years ago

    Great thinking about asking for a sample!

  • Diana-Lee author
    7 years ago

    ITA about variety. You just never quite know what your migraine brain will or will not tolerate.

    Geranium sounds lovely!

  • Garangwyn
    7 years ago

    My favorite product was a roll-on for pulse points that contained peppermint, eucalyptus and geranium that a friend gave me as a gift. I don’t know the brand and it is long gone. I’ve since tried products containing only peppermint and eucalyptus and they don’t work as well.

    I also use lotions containing eucalyptus and spearmint, and lavendar. I like to use scented candles at times, also containing the same scents, although what works one time might make me feel nauseous another, so it’s always good to have a variety on hand!

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