Natural Remedies For Muscle Pain
Muscle pain is incredibly common. Normally this occurs because of an injury or after exercise, and severe muscle pain should be looked at by a medical professional, especially if you think that it has been caused by an injury.
That said, there are some natural home remedies that you can use on sore, tired and aching muscles that just need a little bit of tender loving care.
Please note though that if you are experiencing prolonged muscle aches, or you do not know why they are occurring, make an appointment to see your GP, as this can be a symptom of an underlying health complaint.
Chamomile is such a versatile herb that is used to treat a huge variety of different health complaints, but it is very good at soothing aching muscles, particularly muscles that are going into spasm.
This is because this ancient herb contains over thirty-six flavonoids, which are compounds that have great anti-inflammatory properties.
You can either drink a cup of chamomile tea, which can help to relax the whole body or alternatively, you can massage chamomile essential oil directly onto the affected muscles in order to provide direct relief.
This is a favourite among athletes who regularly have to rest their muscles. Exercise, especially rigorous exercise can place a lot of stress and strain on the muscles, and cherry juice has proven to help combat the inflammation and muscle pain.
Studies that were carried out on runners suggested that drinking fresh, tart cherry juice can minimise the pain that you might experience post run.
This is because the cherry juice is packed full of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory qualities in the fruit that can help to relax the muscles completely naturally.
A blueberry smoothie is another great and natural way to help relax your muscles. Studies have suggested that having a blueberry smoothie both before and after exercise can help your muscles recover from damage quicker than those who did not drink the smoothie.
Not to mention the fact that blueberries are absolutely packed full of antioxidants, which will decrease oxidative stress and inflammation. It is a great and easy way to get in one of your five a day as well, and will make you feel great afterwards.
This might seem like an unusual one, but cayenne pepper is a great natural muscle relaxant. This is because it contains capsaicin, which is a natural muscle relaxant and is often recommended to people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.
Whilst you do not have to sit there are eat spoonful’s of this spice, you can easily add it to food, which will give you the same effect. Alternatively you can actually find cayenne pepper in a creamed form, which you can then apply directly to the area that you is causing you pain. It is a great way to soothe muscles that are spasming.
Vitamin D is vital for everyone. Although the best source of this is exposure to sunlight, a lot of people are lacking in this vitamin, which can have more than one negative effects on your health. Consistent muscle pain can actually be a sign of a vitamin D deficiency, so by upping your intake, you can stop your muscle pain.
You can get extra vitamin D in many forms, such as liquids, tablets and capsules. Alternatively, you can get extra vitamin D from your diet. Food like eggs, fish and fortified milk are all great sources of vitamin D.
Magnesium is absolutely essential for human nutrition, as it maintains normal muscle and nerve function. Just like vitamin D, one of the earliest symptoms if a deficiency in magnesium is muscle pain, although we should stress that this is relatively rare.
Again, you can either get a magnesium supplement, which can be found in health food shops, and comes as a liquid or a capsule, or alternatively you can get more magnesium from your food. Certain items are packed full of magnesium; these include: bananas, almonds, legumes and brown rice, just to name a few.
One of the best ways to relax your muscles is to simply rest them. Ensure that you get lots of sleep, drink plenty of fluids, and try not to overwork the muscle that is affected.
Whilst you rest, you can try and use both head pads and ice packs on the affected muscle that can help to provide you with immediate relief. Bear in mind that often, muscle spasms can be caused by over stimulated muscles, so ice packs can help to slow the transmission of impulses from the brain to the overactive muscle which will help to stop the spasming.
Epsom salts are a great way of soothing aching muscles. Run a bath of warm water, not hot, and add one to two cups of Epsom salts into the water, and simply soak in this for 15 minutes, or until the water has cooled. You can do this up to three times a week, and you should start to see some relief from your aching muscles.
It should be noted though that Epsom salts should not be used by people who have certain health conditions, such as heart problems, high blood pressure or diabetes.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is often a home remedy that comes up a lot, and is used to treat a number of different health complaints, and now we can add leg cramps and sore muscles to this list as well.
There are a number of different ways that apple cider vinegar can be used. You can either mix a tablespoon or two in a glass of water and drink it, or alternatively rub the apple cider vinegar directly onto the area that is painful.
If none of these sound too appealing, you can add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon of honey and a sprig of fresh mint to 8 to 10 ounces of cold water, and mix well, and then drink.