Are you fed up with pill popping to reduce your muscle pain as the pills are no longer working? Are you in pain and you wanting natural relief but don’t know what to try because there is so much information out there?
I hear you, not only as a holistic therapist but also as someone who has suffered from long term muscle pain after injuring my knee 4 years ago.
So what causes muscle pain? The most common cause of our muscle pain is tension, stress, overuse and injuries to our muscles. This common muscle pain is usually inoculated and only affects just a few muscles in one area of our body.
Some of us though also experience systemic muscle pain, throughout the whole our body, usually caused by an infection, illness or as a side effect of medication. For example;
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
The good news is there are natural remedies you can use to help you can use to help reduce the about of pain you are experiencing. Here are some of the natural ways you can relieve your muscle pain, which I use my self and recommend to all my clients.
Epsom Salt & Magnesium Oil
Epsom salts are made up of magnesium sulphate and magnesium oil contains magnesium choride. Both of these compounds work together to help relax our muscles, pull out excess fluid from our muscle tissues, which in turn reduces swelling.
- Epsom salt bath – Add 2 cups of Epsom salts to your bath and soak your muscles for around 15 minutes or until your bath water becomes too cool for you to enjoy. Please note do not take an Epsom salt bath if you have a heart condition, high blood pressure or diabetes.
- Magnesium oil – Massage magnesium oil into the muscles that are causing you pain such as shoulder or calf. I personally recommend you massage magnesium oil into your skin after a nice warm (hot) shower just before you go to bed.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic which contains powerful enzymes and minerals including potassium. Not only does apple cider vinegar have lots of internal healing properties, it is also provides relief for sore muscles and aching joints as the potassium helps to soften body tissue, reduce tension and helps enable our muscles to more flexible.
- Apple Vinegar Bath – Add 1 – 2 cups of apple cider vinegar into your bath water and enjoy a relaxing soak for at least 30 minutes. As you relax in your bath gently massage the muscles that causing you pain (or you entire body starting at the feet and working your way up the body if the whole of your body is in pain) using up ward strokes towards your heart.
- Apple Vinegar Drink – Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 1 teaspoon of honey and 10 ounces of warm water. Then place a sprig a fresh mint to the drink, leave to cool and then drink. This will not only help to reduce the tension in your muscles but this drink also acts as a natural pain killer.
There are a number of essential oils that contain powerful properties which help with muscle pain. To use essential oils for muscle pain, mix 2 drops essential oil with on tablespoon of carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil and massage into the muscles that are causing you discomfort.
- Lavender – Contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which are effective for treating muscle pain, tension and stress. Lavender essential oil also eases swelling, improves circulation and is brilliant at reliving muscle spasm.
- Black Pepper – Is great for aches and pains as it has a warming effect when used on the skin, as well as containing analgesic properties which helps with arthritis pain and sore muscles.
- Arnica oil – Stimulates the flow of white blood cells, which helps to decongestant the blood flow, disperse trapped fluid from our muscles and joints. This oil is incredibly effective if you have osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel, inflammation and muscle pain.
- Helichrysum – Is my go to oil for my fibromyalgia clients as it contains anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-oxidants. Helichrysum improves circulation, reduces inflammation, decreases pain and helps to repair blood vessels and nerves. This oil is also a great option for people who have rheumatic conditions, carpal tunnel, nerve pain or sciatica. (Not only can you massage this oil mixed with a carrier oil into the area that is causing you pain. You can also add this oil to a diffuser as it has a very calming effect on the brain.)
- Peppermint – The cooling effect of peppermint and its antispasmodic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties makes this oil another great option for reducing muscle pain. Peppermint oil is especially beneficial for those with muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, arthritis, and headaches.
Sore Muscle Rub for Tired Muscles
- Metal spoon
- Large, heat safe glass bowl
- Metal tin or glass jar
- ½ cup carrier oilof choice (sweet almond, coconut oil, olive, etc.)
- 2 Tablespoons beeswax pellets
- 25 drops Lavender essential oil
- 10 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 15 drops Marjoram essential oil
- 15 drops Rosemary essential oil
- Pour the carrier oil and place the beeswax into the glass bowl.
- Fill the pot halfway with water, and put it on the stove with medium high heat. Perch the glass bowl on top of the pot to create a double boiler effect. Once the water begins to boil, turn it down to medium low. You want the water to remain at a low boil, without getting all over the stove.
- Stir the mixture with the metal spoon until the beeswax is melted.
- Carefully remove the glass bowl from the heat and place it on a table top. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes, and then stir in the essential oils. If the oil is too hot, the essential oils will just evaporate into the air.
- Pour the muscle rub into metal tins, or the glass jar and let it cool to room temperature. You can also put the muscle rub in the fridge to speed up the process.
What natural remedy do you use at home to help relieve your muscle pain?
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