Muscle soreness or pain is quite often and it usually occurs after an injury, sudden strain or nerve compression. It can also be the cause of various medical conditions such as chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis, lupus, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis.
The symptoms can vary from a feeling of tension or tightness in the affected area to excruciating pain. The doctor will prescribe synthetic muscle relaxants, which, unfortunately, have many side effects and can cause addiction. Many natural muscle relaxants can help release muscle tension, relax the nerves, fight inflammation and reduce stress.
Chamomile has 36 flavonoids that have anti-inflammatory properties, and a calming and relaxing effect on the body. You can either drink chamomile tea or apply on the affected area chamomile essential oil mixed with coconut oil. This will help relieve muscle spasms and inflammation. People suffering from diabetes should use chamomile under the guidance of their doctor.
- Tart Cherries
Tart cherries have anti-inflammatory properties and are rich in antioxidants. According to a recent study, if you drink tart cherry juice for a week before a strenuous running event, you will avoid the post-run muscle pain. To reduce muscle soreness but also to prevent muscle pain, drink tart cherry juice and include a cup of these fantastic fruits into your daily diet.
You can use peppermint to treat sore muscles, tension headaches, leg pain and backaches. Peppermint contains menthol, a potent analgesic with antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. Drink it as tea or prepare a massage oil from 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil, two drops of peppermint oil and two drops of sandalwood oil. Always dilute the peppermint oil before using it.
- Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, a natural muscle relaxant which reduces muscle stiffness and pain. It even prevents the activation of the brain’s pain transmitters so that you do not feel as much pain. You can create a mixture from two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, one teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder and apply it to the affected area. You can also buy capsaicin cream and use it several times a day until the pain disappears.
- Epsom Salt
Epsom salt increases the magnesium level in your body, a mineral responsible for optimal muscle functioning. This ingredient relaxes the nervous system, promotes muscle healing and eliminates toxins from the body, which contribute to inflammation and pain. Add 1-2 cups of Epsom salt to the bathtub filled with warm water and enjoy a soothing bath once a week.
Rosemary also has anti-inflammatory properties, also promoting blood circulation. You can use this herb to treat muscle pain, headaches, arthritis and rheumatism. Drink rosemary tea at least three times a day or mix one tablespoon of coconut olive oil with several drops of rosemary essential oil and massage the affected area. You can also take a relaxing bath by adding one tablespoon of rosemary essential oil and soak in the bath for half an hour.
Valerian is rich in volatile oils that ease tension and relax muscles. It has been used to relieve muscle pain and neck tension, treat sciatica pain or promote sleep. Take half a teaspoon of liquid valerian extract once a day to reduce cramping and muscle pain or drink valerian tea several times a week. Avoid valerian if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or if you take sleep medication or narcotic pain relievers.
Arnica can be found in the form of cream, oil, salve or ointment. Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation, pain and muscle damage. Mix olive or coconut oil with a few drops of arnica essential oil and massage the affected area several times a day. Do not apply this herb on cuts or open wounds.
The soothing scent of this plant can induce a relaxed, calm state of sleeping, but it is also used as a muscle relaxant for neck and leg pain, headaches, joint pain and arthritis. Mix coconut or olive oil with a few drops of lavender oil and apply to the sore area or take a hot bath in which you add a few drops of lavender oil.
- Passion Flower
Passion flower has sedative and antispasmodic effects, relieving joint soreness and muscle spasms. Drink passion flower tea or take 40-45 drops of passion flower liquid extract once a day. Avoid it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.