Migraines can be such a ~pain~ to deal with, and we've got a number of different products that may help. But if you're suffering from regular migraines, talk to your doctor before using any of these products.
1. An essential oil stick you can keep on hand and quickly grab when you feel the beginning of a migraine forming. Just apply the mix of peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils to your temples, forehead, and back of your neck.
Basic Vigor is a small business that creates products to not only help people who suffer from migraines but also, headaches, nausea, and muscle aches.
Read more about how stress can be a trigger for migraines at Mayo Clinic, and learn more about aromatherapy — including that lavender oil has been used for stress and mint oil may help with tension headaches — at Johns Hopkins.
Promising review: "I suffer from monthly menstrual migraines that last three days straight and not even pain pills give me any relief as well a constant tension and sinus headaches. I came across this product reading an article about migraine relief, and after reading the reviews, I immediately ordered it. I just received my product this morning and immediately tried it out soon as it arrived. As soon as I started to put it on, I felt it working and about 20 minutes after rubbing it into my temples, forehead, and back of neck I had relief. When I’m experiencing a migraine, I can do nothing but lay down. I’m amazed this little bottle does such a great job. I would HIGHLY recommend, and even if you don’t get full relief, it is a GREAT addition to whatever else you use to help you!" —Mona
Get it from Amazon for $11.99.
Read one BuzzFeeder's full review of the Migrastil Migraine stick here.
2. Or a headache relief aromatherapy inhaler stick if you want an option you don't have to put on your skin. By simply putting this up to your nostril (while holding the other one closed) and taking a couple of deep breaths, you can enjoy the lavender scent to help you relax away some of the tension and stress.
This Florida-based small business specializes in essential oil rollerbottles, aromatherapy bracelets, bath salts, inhalers, and sprays. It is made with lavender, frankincense, wintergreen, peppermint, and Roman chamomile and lasts around two to three months.
Promising review: "Just as I expected, everything is perfect. This is my second order and I am just as happy this time around. The headache relief really does help my migraines when used at the first sign."—Brenna
Get it from Mythic Mist on Etsy for $8.
3. A heated eye massager designed with five different massage modes, a 15-minute timer, and even Bluetooth capabilities so you can play some soothing music to help you try to take your mind off, well, your mind. While many reviewers say this doesn't stop their migraines all together, they do say it gives a little relief and feels very relaxing, especially with the warmth.
Read more about temperature therapy can help — including how applying heat during the start of a migraine can help relax tense muscle, while cold compresses can have a numbing effect, which may dull pain — at Mayo Clinic. And learn more about how reducing light can lessen migraine pain at Mayo Clinic.
Promising review: "This is SO helpful if you get frequent migraines and headaches! I get migraines due to sinus pressure, and this helps tremendously! I do two cycles and afterwards, I am feeling much better. It doesn't take the migraine away fully, but it keeps me from having to go directly into bed for the rest of the day. If you get migraines, you NEED this. It’s a little on the expensive side, but it has already paid for itself. I’ve been recommending it to everyone! —laujohnson
Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in three colors).
4. A head gel cap you can stick in the freezer and grab when you feel the pain starting. You can wear it just on your head or pull it down over your eyes. Reviewers like this option because it stays in place and the cooling lasts for a while.
Promising review: "I have always suffered from horrible migraines. I have tried everything suggested to me. Well, I went in for a lasik appointment, and they suggested for me to get one of these for after surgery. (My surgery is two months away but figured I would go ahead and try it out that way I knew if it was something I would wanna use.) Well let's just say my life is forever changed. I had a slight headache that day, which normally would have turned into a raging migraine by end of day. I put this on took a nap and woke up completely headache free. This has never happened without my migraine meds and still that sometimes doesn't even help. I am getting one now for my husband (cause I don't like to share) and one for my mom who also suffers from migraines. This honestly is worth the investment. I will be recommending this to everyone I know that has migraines or headaches. Totally worth it!!" —Jessica Younce
Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in black and pink).
5. Or a Headache Hat that has 24 small ice packs inside of it you can move to help target specific pressure points. Plus, it works as a regular ice pack you can use on other parts of your body when you're not suffering from a migraine.
Read more about how applying pressure to acupoints on your body can help muscles relax and improve blood flow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Promising review: "I have chronic daily migraines. This ice pack gives me relief enough to fall asleep. It stays on well. I like how you can move the cubes around to hit pressure points. I am ordering a second one. This stays cold for about 30 or more minutes. If you have headaches or love someone with headaches, this is the ice pack they need. It’s worth every penny." —bucsfan
Get it from Amazon for $35+ (available in two sizes and also packs of two).
6. A pair of blue-light-blocking glasses here to help reduce eye strain from staring at a computer screen for 8+ hours a day while you work. It helps filter out the light emitted from your computer screen that may trigger a migraine. But sorry, it (sadly) won't filter out any meetings that should have been emails.
Learn more about how filtering blue light from screens offers people some relief at American Migraine Foundation.
Promising review: "I love these glasses, and they has really helped my migraines. I used to get migraines weekly from staring at a screen at work all day, and this has helped cut down a lot. These were super cheap as far as stylish blue-light glasses go." —Madi Getts
Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 10 colors and five multi-packs).
7. An ice roller about to change the way you think of the phrase "brain freeze". The cooling effect of this device can help reduce the pain and strain you feel in your head and eyes when a big migraine hits. It's just all-around soothing to use, even if you're not currently experiencing any pain.
Promising review: "I tend to get bad migraines a few times a month. I have prescription meds, but sometimes my eye feels like it is going to pop through my head on my right side. I used this roller, and it does help. It doesn't take the pain away, but it does make my head feel better. At first it's a little too cold, so if you let it set out for 5 minutes, it works better for me. I also have to keep a paper towel handy to dry off the condensation on the roller. I have only had my roller for a couple of weeks and already used it twice. I really like it and am so glad I made the purchase." —Sherri
Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in nine colors).
8. A 3D-contoured sleeping mask with contoured spaces for your eyes (which relieve the pressure put on them), so you can fully block out the light if you need total darkness to relax and sleep.
Plus, it comes with a set of earplugs, to block out all the noise around you!
Promising review: "This is the most comfortable and effective mask I’ve ever owned. I suffer from migraines, and this blocks out all light as it’s got 'pillows' around the eyes which provides incredible comfort. The mask doesn’t have any hard or difficult/ scratchy parts like some others. Highly recommend!" —A. Chase
Get the set from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).
9. Or a Bluetooth-enabled eye mask that's a combination of eye mask *and* comfortable headphones for anyone who needs total darkness and white noise to distract them from the pounding in their head.
Promising review: "I’ve had a migraine for two weeks, tried this and was immediately in total darkness and felt like I was on the ocean. Slept about four good hours and awaken with NO headache. So I say as a migraine suffer for 30+ years this works for me. Ordered a second one to keep in the RV. One of those item you don’t want to leave home without." —Olivia M. Reese
Get it from Amazon for $22.58+ (available in 16 colors).
10. A heated neck wrap designed to conform around your neck and upper back and release any tension and muscle pain that may lead to a migraine down the line. Just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds, and the heat will have you saying, "ahhhh" in no time.
I'm the reviewer in this instance because this is one of my favorite products for migraine relief. I get a few bad migraines because of built up tension in my neck, and this helps tremendously. I just stick it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and place it over my shoulders. It has a good weight to it and the stitching ensures that the inside stays equally spread throughout. The heat helps release the tension in my neck and upper back pretty quickly. It's just a great thing to keep around.
Promising review: "I spend over 12 hours in front of the screen and I can say it is worth every penny. Fantastic balance between weight and pressure. The beads, when warm, release steam which really soothes the pain and loosens muscles." —Diego
Get it from Ostrichpillow for $38.25 (available in two color combinations).
11. Or a heatable neck and shoulder wrap scented with herbs including lavender, chamomile, and peppermint to add a little extra ~boost~ of relaxation when you heat it to help with tension in your head, neck, and shoulders.
Promising review: "I’m so glad I chose this wrap over all of the other wraps available. I get migraines pretty often, and they’re usually stress/tension related. I just got this wrap today, and I’ve had a bad migraine all day. I’m using it for the first time, and I can feel it helping my muscles relax. It’s definitely worth it. A minute and a half heating time was perfect. Would definitely recommend." —Erika Bosson
Get it from Amazon for $28.50.
12. A pair of Loop Experience earplugs actually designed to filter out background noise so you can still hear and enjoy what's going on around you, but you won't be bombarded with too much noise that could bring on a migraine. They're great to wear at concerts, music festivals, or just out and about. Plus, they're designed to look nice in your ears so people won't be able to tell you're clearly wearing earplugs.
Read more about how migraine sufferers may be more sensitive to noise and may choose to wear ear defenders to help at The Migraine Trust.
Promising review: "I suffer from vestibular migraines, so light and sound sensitivity are now battles for me. Having these earplugs in means I can work with preschoolers, shop in the supermarket again (something that for a year caused me pain and made me so dizzy from the noises and the bright lights!), and I could also wear my Loops when the neighbors are noisy, which helped me focus on completing my degree! The inserts to turn these from experience to experience pro are also a bonus too as they're great for when it's really loud outside! Plus, I love the little carrying case you get for them!" —Sarah
Get them from Loop Earplugs for $34.95 (available in four colors).
13. A freezable gel mask that has eye and nose holes so you can watch TV or scroll TikTok or anything else while still receiving some comfort.
Reviewers mention that it's lavender scented, which some like, but if you're sensitive to smells, you may want to avoid!
Promising review: "I absolutely love this product! It relieves some pain associated with migraines. The lavender scent is incredibly soothing, and the cloth allows you to wear it comfortably so you don't have the plastic poking you in the face like you normally do with others. I also have chronic migraines so I know they don't 'magically' go away, which is why I said it relieves 'some' of the pain. It helped me relax enough to sleep comfortably. Great buy!" —Kelly
Get it from Amazon for $11.99.
14. A color-changing diffuser you can use with essential oils to release some steam into the air that will help you relax and maybe release some of the built-up tension in your brain.
You may want to avoid using a diffuser around your family and young children, as different oils have different side effects, according to Johns Hopkins.
This diffuser has a color-changing lamp with seven colors, a nightlight, auto-off, and a programmable on and off. You should use 100% pure essential oils with it.
Promising review: "I have had this diffuser for over two months and LOVE it! It is perfect for my bedside table and runs all night in the 30 seconds on/30 seconds off mode. I have had lots of fun making diffuser blends using various oils. I suffer from migraines, sinus issues, and anxiety disorder, and this diffuser has been a wonderful aid in helping me feel better. Of course, I still see my doctor for all of these, but anything that soothes the soul helps the body as well, in my opinion. The lights are pleasant as well, and I especially like the ability to set the color at whatever one likes best. The only drawback is that the operating light on the constant-vapor mode is red and can be annoying since the unit is right next to my bed and red is bad for my migraines. I am planning on getting on or two more of these for my desk and maybe my front room." —Maggie Metcalf
Get it from Amazon $15.99+ (available in four colors).
15. A set of blackout curtains so you can block out ALLLLL the light no matter what time of day it is. When you need to rest and recover, you don't need the pesky sun getting in the way at all.
Promising review: "I was dubious about the quality of these curtains because of the stellar price, but I couldn't be happier with them! We needed curtains that weren't super dark in color, but blocked the light well, because I suffer from frequent migraines... I actually had one the day they arrived, so I put them up straight out of the package. They block the light SO well, and the fabric is a great texture and color. I would absolutely, 100% buy these again!" —Bronnie & Matt
Get it from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in 18 sizes and 28 colors).