I’m a HUGE fan of peppermint essential oil, and basically slathering it on my temples, neck & shoulders in times of crisis. Since it contains a lot of menthol, it instantly cools the skin… but also warms you up at the same time. It eats up the pain of a fever and calms your nerves with warmth where it needs it.
I stock up on my supply at my local Nugget, but used to rely on WholeFoods for my fix. And while I’ll still swallow my pills and close my eyes and cross my fingers that the pain will go away… the peppermint oil calms my senses enough to make the intermediary period pleasant and tolerable. Unfortunately, if you’re around other people or puppies, you may get licked.