Sore muscles can be seriously painful. This can be due to an unusual or prolonged contractions of muscles. Stress and minor injuries can contribute to this problem, as well. Muscles are usually stressed out after participating in some kind of physical activity that requires hard work.
This problem is commonly caused by:
- Exercise, injury or overuse
- Blood flow problems
- Lack of minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium
- Certain medication
To address this kind of problem, you may try these natural remedies that were proven to be effective in soothing sore muscles. But healing, of course, depends upon the intensity of the problem. Others may have experience healing from these home remedies but it is always proper to seek medical advise if the problem persists.
Aching muscles can be relieved with Epsom salt. Dissolve one to two cups of it in a warm tub of water then soak for 15 minutes or until water has cooled. Remember to use warm not hot water. Do this for at least 3 times each week for best result. This remedy however, is not recommended for people with heart problem, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Bruised or inflamed muscle can be treated by applying cold pack on the affected area. This will help lessen pain and inflammation. The cold will compress the blood vessels to minimize the flow of blood to the area. Do this for up to 20 minutes. If no ice cubes available, you can use a bag of frozen vegetables, instead.
Hot Water Soak
For a faster relaxation and a mild pain relief, you can do some hot water soak. This should be done after the first 24 hours of the onset of pain. This is applicable for tension knotted shoulders or muscles tight from overuse.
1. Fill bath tub with hot water and mix with Epsom salt. The magnesium in Epsom salt can provide relaxation to your muscle.
2. Soak the affected body part for at least 20 minutes.
3. Repeat few times a day for 1 to 2 days to help relax stiff, sore muscles.
Another known anti-inflammatory agent found at home is ginger. Ginger is capable of improving blood circulation and blood flow which will eventually relieve muscle pain.
The University of Georgia and Georgia College and State University (GCSU) conducted a study and came to a conclusion that a daily intake of ginger raw and heat-treated ginger can help lower muscle pain following exercise-induced muscle injury.
1. Wrap four tablespoons of freshly grated ginger in a tightly sealed piece of cotton or a cotton bag. Dip in hot water for less than 1 minute. Let cool. Put it on the affected area for 15 minutes. Repeat the process several times a day for two to three days.
2. Drinking 3 cups of ginger tea everyday will also offer relief. To make this herbal tea, cut a small piece of ginger root and boil it in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes. Strain. You may add a little honey if you wish. Ginger tea bags available in any health stores are also good alternative.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Sore muscles and leg cramps can be best treated with Apple Cider vinegar. It has an anti- inflammatory as well as alkalizing properties that can help reduce pain and inflammation. You can soak affected area into a lukewarm water with two cups of apple cider vinegar added for 15 to 20 minutes daily until completely recovered. Another option is to add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and some honey to a glass of warm water. Drink it once a day for 1 week.
Blackstrap molasses contains magnesium that is capable of curing chronic muscle pain. This old fashioned drink called Switchel which is a combination of ACV and molasses has been proven to have had relieve muscle pains. This was commonly used long before the rise of those brightly colored sports drink in the modern market. This version of drink is from Hillbilly Houswife.
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/2 cup sugar or honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- tap water to make 2 quarts
Mix all 4 ingredients to blend. Add water and mix until dissolved. Chill or serve over ice if desired.
Essential oils can also help relieve muscle pains. For muscle cramps, you may try lemongrass with peppermint and marjoram (blend). For muscle tension, Marjoram, Deep Blue, peppermint, helichrysum, lavender or Roman Chamomile (blend). And for muscle spams, best recommended are oils of basil, marjoram and Roman Chamomile (blend).
To use an essential oil for muscle pain, add 1 to 2 drops of essential oil into 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil such as fractionated oil or olive oil, and apply to the affected area.
(Sources: www.top10homeremedies.com , www.healthdigezt.com)