Are your muscles aching? You don’t have a pain relieving medication. Don’t worry. Learn here how some home remedies give you quick relief from your muscle pain. And they are easily available in your kitchen.
While it is totally normal to have a muscle pain, sometime it is too discomforting to experience it. There are many reasons why your muscles ache. Sometime it can be excessive use of the muscles. Sometime it is an intense physical activity, for example sports or workout, which hurts your muscles.
The pain usually occurs after 12 to 48 hours after the activity. Muscle pain is annoying as it affects your health and daily activities as well.
Then, it is really frustrating when you find that your spray or ointment has run out. But still there are many remedies which can ease your muscles pain. You don’t need to rush to the nearest drug store to get them. Just enter your kitchen.
Chamomile is known for therapeutic value and has been proven to relieve body pain and muscle spasms. It contains anti-inflammatory flavonoids that soothe your aching muscles. It is available as Roman chamomile oil and German chamomile oil. Both types of oils have analgesic properties to ease headaches and neuralgia, muscle and joint pains. However, deep blue German chamomile oil for inflammatory condition due to its strong anti-inflammatory conditions.
Massage the area with chamomile oil to get relief. Chamomile is also available as tea you can take to soothe your sore muscles.
One of the traditional yet effective ways to relieve the muscle pain is using a cold pack. This works as it tightens the blood vessels to restrict the blood flow to that area, minimizing the swelling. Besides, it temporarily numbs the area so that you don’t feel the pain. It is an effective way to heal the damaged muscle tissues that are inflamed and swollen.
Cold compress is very easy to make! Just wrap handful of ice cubes in a thin towel. Compress it against the affected area for 15-20 minutes for every 4-6 hours. Avoid applying ice directly to the area.
Heat therapy is opposite to the ice packs. It boosts the blood circulation to that area to relax the sore and constricted muscles. It works as an analgesic medication. Heat therapy is best for chronic muscle pain and sore joints, especially in case of arthritis.
Heat therapy is also useful for lower back pain as it relaxes the blood vessels of the muscles surrounding the spine while stretching the soft tissues around the spine.
You can use electric heat pads or take moist heat from hot baths or steamed towels.
If they are not available to you, you can soak the affected body part in hot water for 15-20 minutes.
A cherry juice is proven to minimize the inflammation and soreness in the muscles. This is because of the presence of anthocyanin that protects the cells against alternation. Plus, cherry juice contains anti-inflammatory properties to reduce the swelling in muscles. You can take it as a juice or in a supplement form.
Turmeric is a penance for several health concerns, including pain and swelling. It eases muscle pain due to the presence of curcumin and ibuprofen. Add 1 tbsp. of turmeric powder to a cup of heat milk and take twice in a day. Or you can make a paste by mixing 1 tbsp. each of turmeric, lemon juice and salt. Apply the paste on the affected part and rinse it off with lukewarm water after 20-30 minutes.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
You might have used apple cider vinegar for skin, wounds and digestive system. And you can use it for your muscle pain too. This is because it contains anti-inflammatory and alkalizing properties as well which minimizes pain and inflammation. Let’s see how to use apple cider vinegar.
Take two cups of apple cider vinegar and add them to the bathtub filled with lukewarm water. Soak in this water for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat it twice a day until you achieve a full recovery. Alternatively, you can add one tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and some honey to a glass of warm water. Drink it daily for a week.
Cayenne pepper contains analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that ease stiffness, inflammation and muscle pain. Mix one tbsp. of cayenne pepper powder with two tbsp. of olive oil. Apply this mixture to the affected area. Cover with a bandage and leave it for overnight. Repeat it for two to three days.
Mustard oil is a natural rubefacient that is useful in the blood circulation to the surface of the skin. It will relax the muscles and improve circulation to minimize pain and help in healing. All you need to chop 10 garlic cloves and heat them in four tbsp. of mustard oil until they turn golden brown. You can add a little piece of camphor (if available). Let it cool. Then, strain it and massage the oil onto the affected area. Repeat the remedy several times a day for a week to see improvement.
So these are effective home remedies to ease your muscle pain. However, you should follow the precautions. Don’t use your aching muscle until you achieve complete recovery. Avoid high impact activities. Drink lots of water to keep your muscles hydrated and lessen the stiffness.
Visit your doctor if there is no improvement or the pain aggravates