It is that time of year to be thinking about buying for Christmas. Here is a list of products that I use for pain and just to relax that are pretty good gift ideas.
- Japanese Mint Oil: I use this for migraines and it makes a great migraine balm for the forehead, temples, jaw, and back of the neck. But it can be used anywhere at all for pain as it is mostly menthol based.
- OSKA Pulse: I highly recommend the OSKA Pulse for pain management of any sort of pain but there is research for arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, migraines and more. I use it for my migraines and FM. It is an external PEMF device you treat the pain with daily to help reduce inflammation. You can read what I wrote about it here.
- ChronicAlly Box: This is something that is a sort of unique gift in the sense that it is a subscription box. So one box, or three months of boxes. Their regular size or treat size (which I get) and you do not know what you are getting but they are little chronic illness self-care packages you get every month. I always anticipate them and love getting this unexpected treat. It would be a great gift. I have gotten books, to pain rubs, to a facial scrub, to a bath bomb. All sorts of things.
- Pain Bar: I got this in one of my treat boxes from #3 and I love it. It is soothing and the scent of it is so lovely. Feel great on my muscles after I get out of the bath. Worth getting for sure for someone.
- Rocky Mountain Soap Company Bath Salts: I loved their Cleanse bath salts with Himalayan Salts, Epsom salts and the scent of Juniper and Grapefruit. However, this company as a whole is awesome for gifts for someone with sensitive skin. They have a wonderful pomegranate facial cream and their oatmeal soap was great. But I am putting the bath salts on the list because of the fact absorbing that magnesium can be great for FM and for muscular pain. (You can, of course, make bath salts yourself with essential oils and that works just as well. Either way, a pretty great gift for people with pain).
- Peppermint Sage Shampoo from Mother Earth Essentials: They have a body wash and lotion in the same scent. And this shampoo is divine. I came across it by happenchance as a hotel uses it in Banff. I am finicky with shampoo being allergic to a lot of the chemicals they put in things, but this was perfect. And the scent is so soothing. Something about the scent of peppermint that I love when it comes to aromatherapy. I use it in my diffuser as well.
- FL-41 Specs: This is migraine-specific. But, man, what a wonderful gift this would be for anyone with migraines. They are superb for photosensitivity. Even one of the outdoor pairs if they have an indoor pair. I did a review on Axon Optics and TheraSpecs, both of which I love. Can’t go wrong with either company. And I also found some eye places have the tint in their locations now so you can even get the tint done locally. Either way, this is a gift that would rock any migraineurs world.
- Heated blanket: No brand to recommend but I got this as a gift one year recently and love it. You know when you are chilly and just ache? Well, a heated blanket is perfect for winter.
- Gin-Gins: Pain can make you nauseated as can the conditions that cause pain (fibromyalgia, migraines…). Ginger candies taste awesome and are great for nausea. And make a wonderful small present to mail to someone or a stocking stuffer. They come in a variety of types and sizes.
- Oxo Good Grips Jar Opener: Okay, so I have nerve damage in my dominant hand and other people can have pretty severe hand arthritis and it makes it difficult to open jars. This device makes it very simple to do so. You just slide it to the lid, it grips for you and you twist. It was a great gift for me.
- Magic Bag: The best heating/cold pad out there. It can be hot. It can be cold. They make large ones, small travel ones, neck ones… all sorts. They are all natural and conform to the body well.
- The Whole Health Life by Shannon Harvey: I loved this book. She has the science to back what she is talking about it is an interesting read. I would definitely gift this to anyone with a chronic illness. I wrote a review on it here.
But there are lots of other ideas as well. If you know they are into aromatherapy you could get them a new diffuser or some essential oils. If you know they like meditation you could buy them an interesting book on it, or a CD, iTunes card or Google Play card. If you know they like coloring to de-stress you could buy them a coloring book or markers (I rather liked this myself but the hand pain isn’t worth it). If you know what they do for self-care then buy them something that relates to that.
Things that I would also recommend because I want but have yet to try are:
- Migraine by Oliver Sacks: I read hallucinations by Oliver Sacks and it was an awesome book. Given to me by a great migraineur friend of mine. And this one has been on my reading list for years now.
- How to be Sick by Toni Bernhard: This has also been on my reading list for many years now as well. I have heard so many good things about it and she is a great writer. She is always so insightful.
- IceKap: For migraines, well, this is something for us sounds pretty awesome. Ice that is surrounding our head and stays where we want it! Take my money!
- Conquer your Pain by Peter Abaci: This is supposed to be a highly recommended book for people with chronic pain.
You might notice most of my wish list is books, but that is just the way I roll, man, just the way I roll.