Getting sore muscles is a pretty common occurrence. Most of us experience them due to the nature of our work, sports, exercise, etc. This is normal, of course, since our muscles are constantly being used on a daily basis. They’re bound to be strained, and sometimes be overused, causing them to be sore.
Sore muscles can cause a variety of discomfort (with the pain ranging from mild to severe). It also limits the movement we’re capable of doing, due to us moving awkwardly, limp, or do our best impression of a statue, so that we could avoid moving the affected area. To help alleviate the distress that sore muscles bring to you, we’ve prepared a couple of remedies that’ll give you relief that you need in a natural way.
Apple Cider Vinegar
People might think that apple cider vinegar is an unlikely remedy for sore muscles, but you’d be amazed with what it has to offer. Apple cider vinegar has alkalizing and anti-inflammatory properties, a combination that works to lessen the effects of inflammation and muscle pain. To use it as a remedy, all you have to do is mix a tablespoon (or two) in a glass of water and gulp it down.
Others prefer to drink a tablespoon of the vinegar straight up, while some rub it directly to the affected area. If you want the experience to be a bit sweet, then you can add:
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- a sprig of fresh mint
- 8 to 10 ounces of cold water
up to 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. Mix well, serve, and then drink.
Those hot and spicy peppers that some people love, and some people avoid, is actually a pretty good reliever for sore muscles. Capsaicin, the chemical in peppers that causes that burning sensation, has been used to relieve pain from general muscles soreness, to muscle and joint pain, including arthritis. There are topical creams for you to purchase, or you can create your very own by mixing:
- one cup of olive or (warm) coconut oil and
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon of Cayenne pepper
Do take note that the cream must be kept away your nose, mouth, and eyes, as it will most likely cause irritation. Test out the cream as well (some may find it out too strong),to make sure that it doesn’t add to the discomfort you’re already in.
Essential oils are highly effective when it comes to relieving sore muscles, and muscle pain relief. Of course, there are different types of muscle sore/pain, each requiring different types of essential oils:
- Tension – Try Lavender, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Peppermint
- Cramps – Try Peppermint, with Marjoram, and Lemongrass
- Spasms – Highly recommended oils are Roman Chamomile, Marjoram, and Basil
Add one to two drops of the essential oil into one tablespoon of a carrier oil (i.e., olive oil or coconut oil), then apply it to the affected area.
Sore muscles may be painful and discomforting, but that doesn’t mean that you have to suffer. You can choose to alleviate from (if not get tired rid of), that debilitating feeling in your sore. Don’t be afraid to free yourself from the ache of muscle pains.