’Tis the season for shopping madness, and choosing the perfect gift is often elusive. But if you know someone who suffers from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or irritable bowel
syndrome (IBS), choosing something to help ease their condition is the most thoughtful gift choice. Here are 10 gift ideas for family, friends, and loved ones who suffer from a chronic stomach condition.
Travel Mug and Tea Assortment
Tea is a great way to soothe the stomach and warm the soul. Many herbal remedies have both anti-inflammatory as well as anti-nausea properties. The best teas for stomach discomfort include those with ingredients such as ginger, turmeric, chamomile, mint, anise, and fennel. These ingredients help soothe the stomach and calm discomfort. The simple act of drinking tea can promote relaxation and a sense of calm. Giving the gift of a nice travel mug designed for tea and an assortment of quality teas is a perfect gift idea.
Travel-Size, Emergency Bathroom Kit
Most people who suffer from stomach issues fear flare-ups and prefer not to leave the comfort and safety of their homes. Creating an emergency bathroom kit is a nice gesture. Pick out a travel toiletry bag – one suitable for the recipient – and fill it with necessary items that allow some freedom on the go. You can include fresh and soothing wipes, hand sanitizer, latex medical gloves, a small bottle of water for taking medications, a pill box for medications, bum cream, nice hand lotion, and disposable bags for soiled clothing.
Not everyone has the luxury of a spa tub in their bathroom, but most everyone enjoys a warm and soothing bath. Baths help to soothe the irritation and inflammation associated with stomach condition flare-ups. A great addition to a standard bathtub is a massaging bubble mat. These mats provide bubbles and heat, and some even have aromatherapy attachments to fill with favorite soothing scents like lavender.
Give the gift of peace and calm through aromatherapy. Aromatherapy stimulates the brain through our sense of smell. As the scent passes to the brain, it can have a healing and calming effect on our emotions, blood pressure, stress level, hormones, and breathing. Using this method to help promote a calm and safe environment is a natural way to relieve tension and relax. With the recent popularity of essential oils, aromatherapy diffusers, oil blends, and blend recipes are readily available.
Chillow Cooling Pillow
Twenty-four percent of people with Crohn’s disease and 15 percent of those with ulcerative colitis suffer from fever and night sweats during flare-ups. Chillows, or other cooling pillows, are great to have on hand for such an occasion to help cool down and get a restful sleep.
Anything needed to create a soothing and relaxing bath is always a welcome gift. Create a basket filled with a spa towel, epsom salts for achy muscles, a bath pillow to relax against, essential oil for a pleasant scent, and candles for ambiance. The main goal is to fill the basket with all the things necessary for a lovely and relaxing bath.
Poo Pourri is a natural spray that is used before you go “number two.” It works by trapping the unpleasant smell beneath a layer of essential oil so as not to stink up the entire bathroom and house. One of the disheartening side effects of gut disorders is foul-smelling bowel movements, ones that can permeate a house. It’s embarrassing and humiliating and can’t be prevented. So, one of these sprays for the bathroom and one for a small, emergency kit for on-the-go potty emergencies is a great stocking stuffer.
Going to the bathroom a lot involves a lot of hand washing, and that can cause dry, cracked skin. Hand moisturizer is a must, so buy several in varying smells and sizes.
Bloating and gas are common side effects of both IBD and IBS. The discomfort associated with both of these symptoms can be worsened by tight fitting and restrictive clothing. During those times when the disease is active, comfort and relief are needed. Comfortable sleepwear and clothing that can be removed quickly for fast bathroom emergencies are a great gift!
Investing in a good heating pad for someone with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis is another gift option. Some people report feeling relief from inflammation and discomfort when they use a heating pad or heating patches.
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