It’s that time of year again - the gift giving (and receiving) season is going to be soon upon us. So, I decided to share with you my top 7 picks for great gifts to give (and to request!) for someone who has chronic pain, whether it is fibromyalgia, arthritis, CFS/ME or another condition that causes pain and discomfort.
Essential Oils for Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is far from a passing fad. The use of essential oils for medicinal purposes (smelling them and used in massage vs ingesting!) has been used for thousands of years. In fact, to become a registered aromatherapist is far from an afternoon course, but can take up to a year in training in order to learn what oils are used for specific conditions as well as mixing (‘layering’) different oils.
The reason I selected the essential oils gift set from My Bodhi Tree is that if you are in pain and experiencing stress, you tend to have tense muscles…which causes further pain, not to mention affecting sleep. Plus, they smell lovely! (That is if you don’t struggle with odour sensitivity!).
With 6 Essential Aromatherapy Oils, Tea Tree, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Peppermint & Ylang Ylang, each of which is 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. These oils come tightly packed in a black gift box.
Essential oils can be used with just a few drops in your bath, or mixed in what is called a ‘carrier oil’ such as coconut, almond or olive oil. It can also be used in a diffuser. Which brings me to my next top gift…
An aromatherapy diffuser is an excellent way to get the benefits of essential oils, without actually burning the oil, which ultimately compromises the integrity of the oil.
The diffuser we have only takes a few drops of oil and lasts up to 10hours!!! It also has a waterless automatic shut-off for safety and acts as a bit of a humidifier, too. Great for the winter when the electric heat dries us up!
Neck & Shoulder Heating Pad
I can’t imagine life without a heating pad and heat therapy is an excellent way to reduce nerve, muscle and joint pain.
People with fibromyalgia as well as spondylitis tend to have a lot of pain at the base of their neck and shoulders and a rectangular heating pad simply doesn’t quite fit the nook under our necks. That is why I have selected the iGuerburn Electric Neck & Shoulder Heating Pad as a great prezzie to give (and to receive!).
It also helps anyone that suffers from chronic shoulder and neck ache, which could be caused by poor circulation, cold weather, scapulohumeral periarthritis, cervical spondylopathy, rheumatism, arithritis, slack of nerves or nervousness, postoperative rehabilitation, or poor postures.
Body Pillow to Reduce Pain & Increase Comfort
One of the best investments I have ever made is the Sanggol maternity pillow. Ok, it is for pregnant women, but let me tell you, this pillow ROCKS in regards to reducing areas of pressure causing pain. I confess to being called the Princess from the Princess and the Pea story. Bedding to me is a critical aspect in regards to not inflicting MORE pain on myself. That is why the N:Rem Sleep System is amazing and a product I recommend to everyone I know who is struggling with chronic pain and fibromyalgia.
On top of my N:Rem mattress is my Sanggol body pillow. I turn it upside down, so that the bottom part of the ‘U’ is under my legs, alleviating pressure on my hips and coccyx. One word of warning – this pillow is BIG. And if you are sharing a bed or you have a small bed, it can take up a lot of room…but it is worth it! It’s also great to balance the laptop on!
Sleep is an imperative part in regards to feeling better – it reduces brain fog and concentration issues if you are able to get a good restful night’s sleep. On top of that, sleep is the best healer! I have had my Sanggol for close to 2 years now, and it hasn’t lost its loft. In one word, it is AWESOME!
Truly Wonderful Fleece Sheets
Although some of us struggle with body temperature issues and don’t like to be in a warm and cosy bed, some of us do struggle with the cold. And in the UK, it’s not just cold, but damp. As bedding is so important to getting a good sleep, having super duper cosy sheets that wash easily and dry in a flash can really make a difference. Enter the Canadian Fleece Sheet Set. When they go on our bed in the winter, my hubby always comments that he is ‘trapped in a cloud’. Seriously. They are that wonderful.
Please note! The sizes for these sheets are for CANADIAN BEDS – a King will fit a Super King here!
Infrared Magnetic Heated Foot Spa
I don't think many people could go wrong in giving a foot spa...and this Hangsun magnetic foot spa is amazing!
Now this is a gift that keeps on giving!!!
This foot spa together with some aromatherapy oils to put into the water is a truly lovely present. You could also add some Epsom salt – which is known for reducing pain as it is magnesium. Putting Epsom salt into a bath or this foot spa is known as transdermal therapy, and is believed to be just as effective, if not even more so, than taking magnesium supplements.
So there you have it. My ultimate top 7 gifts for people with fibromyalgia and/or CFS/<E giving/wish list for Christmas/the holidays or any time you would like to give a gift to someone in chronic pain, that say, 'I care about you' (or buy them for yourself as a treat for you!).