Years ago I learned the secret to getting some relief from migraine headaches by using rice filled cold compresses directly on my forehead. Used behind my neck, it will often relieve the nausea that accompanies migraines.
I made cold rice compresses with kitchen towels for myself and to give as gifts for Christmas over 25 years ago. I simply made the kitchen towels into "bags" by sewing the sides and ends together and filling them with a package of rice. I used mine for decades. However, I recently purchased eye pillows on Etsy filled with rice to replace my threadbare towel rice packs.
The rice packs can also be heated in the microwave for 15 - 20 seconds to apply to aching muscles or sore shoulders. I made one towel rice pack for heating.
Rice will mold around the area of your body which helps distribute the heat or cold. In both cases, the rice "weights" the pack and holds it in place, unless you move.
While the cold packs will not cure a migraine, they do bring some relief while waiting on medication to work its magic. The cold rice packs are absolute miracles themselves on their effectiveness to relieve nausea.
Eye Pillow Face Rice Pack on Etsy
I love these extra-large eye pillows! Because these eye pillows cover forehead and checks, they effectively shut out light, which is also imperative to migraine sufferers.
I keep my eye pillows in my freezer at all times. Therefore, they are immediately ready when needed.
You can opt to have your eye pillows scented. I chose "Scent: none" because fragrance of any kind will increase the pain of my migraines.
I purchased two eye pillows. That way, when the first one starts to warm to room temperature, I can grab the second one from the freezer when returning the first to re-chill.
My migraines normally last for hours but the pain lessens after the first hour or so once my medicine kicks in. Unfortunately, some other family members suffer with them for days. Granted, mine were much longer lasting when I worked full time and couldn't immediately grab a cold press and medicine. I have vivid memories of coming home from work in great pain and sticking my head in the freezer for relief. It really is easier to lay down with a cold rice filled eye pillow than to stand with your head in the freezer.
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