Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Migraine Patient Crafts: DIY Shapeable Ice Packs


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For those of us living with migraine disease, one of the most relevant craft projects in the history of world has to be these flexible cold packs you can make yourself with ingredients you already have on hand in your kitchen and/or bathroom.

I love those blue ice packs you can buy at drugstores and keep a half dozen of them on hand to use on my head and neck during migraine attacks. But who knew there were such easy ways to make them yourself?



There are two popular recipes for making these delightful little bags of pain relief. Both can be used straight from the freezer and are still flexible enough to conform to your head, neck or any other body part needing cold therapy.

Alcohol Recipe

Combine 1 part rubbing alcohol with 3 parts water in a recloseable plastic freezer bag. Put in the freezer so it's ready to use when you need it. The alcohol keeps it from freezing solid.

Might I suggest using food coloring to make yours purple in honor of migraine awareness?




Dishwashing Liquid Recipe

Fill a recloseable plastic freezer bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid. Put in the freezer so it's ready to use when you need it.



Sources:
Freeze a Shapeable Ice Pack with Rubbing Alcohol
MacGyver Tip: Dishwashing liquid ice pack

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