How to Organize a Migraine Relief Kit: Treating Migraines Without Medication

How to pack a migraine toolbox to help cope with headaches without medication. 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.

A migraine relief kit that I store in my bathroom closet so I can have easy access to options for treating migraines naturally.

How  to pack a migraine toolbox to help cope with headaches without medication. 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.

The Migraine Toolbox  Supplies listed below may include affiliate links to the products.

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
  • Tylenol
  • Progressive Relaxation
  • Hydrate
  • Ear plugs
  • Eye mask
  • Sleep
  • 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
  • Magnesium
  • Scalp massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractor
  • Trigger Point Release Tool or Neck and Shoulder Relaxer
*Note: Please check with a doctor before using any of these and look to see if they are safe during pregnancy/breastfeeding. Certain essential oils aren't safe for pregnancy and/or breastfeeding. I like to check any medications with The Infant Risk Center from Texas Tech University. They have a hotline you can call and their website is an excellent resource. And naturally, check to see if they're safe for YOUR body, even if you aren't pregnant or breastfeeding. 

Tips and Tricks

  • 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.

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DIY Migraine Relief Kit


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