Muscle sores can be the most unbearable experience for anyone. They are caused by micro tears of the muscles that result from overexertion and intense exercise. Injury can also lead to sore muscles. You can feel pain from sore muscles practically anywhere in the body, but it mostly occurs in the feet, lower back and the legs.
The best thing is that the pain is temporary. However, their disappearance depends on your daily routine. If the condition persists, you can resort to pharmaceuticals to ease the pain. Nonetheless, natural remedies can also curb the same situation.
If you are often a victim of sore muscles, what better way to relieve yourself than with natural ingredients? Below are natural remedies that go a long way to relieving your pain.
Apple cider vinegar
This homemade constituent is famous for reducing pain on sore muscles and leg cramps. Its effectiveness will mesmerize you since it has anti-inflammatory properties. Apple cider vinegar is used in unusual ways as different people deem fit. You can mix a table spoon with water and drink it. Some people prefer to directly sip it from a spoon. Others apply it directly on the area of muscle soreness. Common Sense Home advises that you can mix 2 teaspoons of the vinegar, 8 ounces of water, a teaspoon of honey and a sprig of mint for best results.
Generally, without magnesium in your body, you are likely to encounter muscle aches and cramps. Magnesium is a natural relaxant hence it helps relieving pain. You should consider incorporating magnesium in your diet. Some foods that are rich in magnesium include; spinach, cocoa powder, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, black beans and sunflower seeds just to mention a few. These foods go a long way to relieve sore muscles.
You may be using turmeric as an ingredient in your daily cooking. It also has other uses like relieving heartburn and arthritis pain. Turmeric is also among the commonly used leg cramp homemade cures since it reduces inflammation. It contains a chemical known as curcumin that has anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, this makes turmeric an effective remedy for muscle sores. Despite its effectiveness, large doses of the spice lead to indigestion. It is also not advisable for people with gall bladder disease to use it.
Epsom salt is another natural ingredient that helps relieve muscle sores. It contains magnesium sulfate which is a muscle relaxant. It also reduces muscle inflammation as it pulls the fluid out of tissues. In most cases it is used by, dissolving it in a warm tub of water and immersing the body. The salt works best in warm water rather than hot water. Your muscles will relax and the pain disappears. Nevertheless, Epsom salt is not suited for people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems.
Pepper contains capsaicin, which is the element that produces the burning effect. It has previously been used to relieve arthritis pain, joint muscle pain, and muscle soreness altogether. You can make your homemade mixture using cayenne pepper, a cup of olive oil or warm coconut oil. You can also achieve the same results by mixing cayenne pepper with aloe vera gel then rub the mixture on the affected area.
As surprising as it seems, tallow mustard is also a suitable remedy for sore muscles. It contains acetic acid that prompts the production of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine in the body. This neurotransmitter causes muscles to work hence treating the soreness. A table spoon of yellow mustard should work the magic.
Tart cherry juice
The Journal of the International Society of Sports and Nutrition states that tart cherry juice is an effective remedy for muscle sores. It is rich in antioxidants which reduce muscle soreness. You can consume tart cherry in its blended form or add some of it to your smoothie. Fortunately, they are, freshly available all year round.
Blackstrap molasses is a suitable remedy for muscle pain. It works best when the muscle sore is as a result of calcium and potassium deficiency. A tablespoon mixed in a glass of milk works the magic. Blackstrap molasses can also be mixed with apple cider vinegar, molasses, sugar or honey, ground ginger and water to create switchel. It also eases muscle sores. Nevertheless, blackstrap molasses also prevents deficiency of calcium and potassium in the body.
Ginger also aids significantly in healing sore muscles. It contains phytochemicals that reduce muscle inflammation and pain. It should be taken in small doses and most preferably in its natural state. A tablespoon of ginger extract should be enough to relieve the pain.
Various essential oils and their blends are great relievers of sore muscles. Lemongrass, mixed with peppermint and marjoram for a perfect ease of muscle cramps. Combining with marjoram, peppermint, lavender and roman chamomile is also suitable for muscle tension. These mixtures applied to the affected area by rubbing gently will work the magic.
Finally, there are various natural ways to relieve the pain of muscle soreness. These natural remedies are easy to achieve and efficient at the same time. Among them are the use of apple cider vinegar, oral magnesium, pepper, and blackstrap molasses. You can incorporate other remedies in your recipes such as turmeric and ginger. Essential oils, yellow mustard, and tart cherry juice also go a long way to ease soreness.
Finally, you can achieve general muscle relaxation by taking a bath in warm epsom salt water.
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