How to Manage Muscle Soreness with Natural Treatments

You work hard, and you play hard. At the end of the day, this could result in muscle soreness or stiffness. Whether you had a hard day at work, a long day of chores or just a super intense training/workout session, you and your body need some recovery time. You don’t have to reach for expensive ointments or gadgets for relief. There are plenty of natural treatments at your disposal to offer you relief of your muscle pains.

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Lavender Oils

Believe it or not, the same oils that you burn in an oil diffuser to freshen your home can also be used on your skin to help relieve aching muscles. One of the main essential oils to use is lavender. Lavender is a sweet-smelling essential oil that is not just useful for curing tension headaches and migraines. It is also used as a mild sedative to help with anxiety and stress and can even be used as a natural muscle relaxer for neck pain. One or two drops can be applied to the head or neck for fast relief. If you’re looking for potent recipes to mix up and keep around your home for headaches, muscle sprains, or occasional muscle pains, here is a short list of lavender oil rub recipes. Lavender oil isn’t the only essential oil that can be beneficial for your body’s health and well-being. Consult trusted natural treatment websites for more information on other oils to add to your medicine cabinet.

 

Tart Cherry Juice

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This is a surprising entry on a list for natural muscle pain treatments, but it has a scientific study to add credibility to this claim. Scientists have determined that tart cherry juice works so efficiently to reduce and prevent muscle damage and pain because it’s full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phenolic compounds. It is important to emphasize that you must consume tart cherry juice, not just any cherry juice. It is not seasonal and is available all year long.

 

Cayenne Pepper Salve

Not to be outdone by tart cherry juice, cayenne peppers are another unsung food hero in the battle against muscle pain. The key component in cayenne peppers is capsaicin, which gives it its heat. The way capsaicin helps to relieve pain is by blocking substance P in our bodies. Substance P is a neurotransmitter that relays information resulting in the sensation we refer to as pain. You can consume cayenne peppers normally in food dishes, but if you need pain relieved in specific areas, you can find salve recipes online, or you can purchase capsaicin salve in your local pharmacy. But be careful! Don’t apply capsaicin salve on open wounds or cracked skin.

 

Magnesium Treatments

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This is a nutrient that isn’t mentioned very often, but it plays a key part in the health of your body and the health of your muscles. There are many symptoms of magnesium deficiency, but two of the most common symptoms are muscle cramps and muscle pains. You could have a magnesium deficiency and not realize it. According to scientific research, if you are a regular consumer of sugary, processed foods, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, or even suffer from high stress, you could be at a higher risk of developing a magnesium deficiency. There are some ways to help replenish your magnesium. The first and most obvious choice is a magnesium supplement. Consult your doctor before beginning a vitamin regimen. The second thing you can do is to take a magnesium oil bath. The combined salt and magnesium oil will ease your muscle pains and reduce swelling. A third option is to begin a magnesium oil regimen. There are cautions and rules to follow when using this option, so consulting a reputable medical authority is recommended.

 

Final Thoughts

Please note that if you experience severe pains or soreness, it would be a good idea to consult your physician to ensure the pain isn’t a more serious condition such as a sprain or strain. Sprains and strains are serious injuries and require professional medical attention. Stay safe and be healthy.

 

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Mike Jones graduated from Boston University with MS in Mass Communication. Since then, he collaborated with multiple websites writing mostly about health and working out.

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