Muscle pain can be the result of an over exuberant exercise routine or even that extra effort in winning the sports game. When it happens, we simply want to sit down and hope that it goes away quickly. However, due to the nature of the pain, it is likely to be around for a bit of time and we also seek out natural muscle pain relief to help move the process of healing more quickly.
Muscle strains, cramping and sprains are the result of small micro tears in the actual tissues themselves. Given time, these muscles heal and rebuild themselves, but during that healing, we experience varying intensities of pain. There are many alternatives to mainstream medication that we can make use of for a faster healing.
Epsom Salt baths and soaks have been a favorite for natural muscle pain relief for sports enthusiasts for years. Epsom salt contains a natural mineral, magnesium sulfate that assists in pain relief. Add two cups of Epsom salt and allow your stress and pain to fade away. Recommended time for an Epsom salt soak is fifteen minutes.
Depending upon the type of muscle pain, either heat or cold can help. Muscles that have been strained or overused are often tense and a warm bath or shower can relax the muscles and reduce the pain. However, if there is inflammation or bruising an ice pack applied to the area for twenty minutes can offer a reduction in soreness and swelling.
Essential oils are another remedy that have been used by healers in many cultures. Muscle cramps are often helped through the use of peppermint, lemongrass and marjoram. Muscle spasms can relax with marjoram and basil whereas muscle tension can be addressed with the essential oils of peppermint, lavender, marjoram or chamomile. Essential oils should be used in one or two drops, added to a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil and then applied to the area that is experiencing pain.
For inflamed muscles, extra virgin olive oil has been a recommended pain reliever. The oleocanthal (EVOO), which is a main ingredient in olive oil has properties that inhibit the COX-1 and COX-2 inflammatory enzymes. Use extra virgin olive oil that has not been produced using any heating process as heat destroys the EVOO. Find cold-pressed oil made with ripe olives.
A rub using hot peppers can assist in relieving both muscle and joint pain and soreness. The capsaicin is the main ingredient in peppers that make them ‘hot’ and is included as a compound in many of the over the counter muscle pain relieving products. You can make your own by mixing one cup of olive oil or warmed coconut oil with 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Be careful to not touch nose, eyes or mouth areas, as it will cause burning sensations. Test a small area to make sure that you are not overly sensitive. Apply the mixture to the area experiencing pain and always wash your hands after you have handled the rub combination. Due to each person’s level of sensitivity, this is not a pain reliever for everyone.
Whichever method you choose for your natural joint pain relief, always confer with a primary health care provider before making any changes to your daily regiment, including the addition of any supplements and herbs.