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Got Sore Muscles?

By on January 22, 2015

Anyone who has ever had a vigorous workout knows the joy of accomplishment and often the sorrow of muscle pain. Muscle soreness is commonplace when engaging in physical activity for millions. Here are three specific ways to heal sore muscles.

Remedy for Sore Muscles

Option #1. Chances are you’ve heard of common remedy of a cup or two of Epsom salt dissolved in a warm tub of water works wonders for aching muscles.    Soak for 20-30 minutes or until the water has cooled, up to 3-4 times per week.  Check with your doctor because it may not be recommended for those with health conditions such as heart problems, high blood pressure or diabetes.

Epsom salts are made up of magnesium sulfate.  Magnesium is natural muscle relaxant.

Option #2. Massage helps to stimulate blood circulation to an area, which speeds healing.  When combined with healing oils, such as the essential oils blends listed above or pepper rub below, you get a double benefit.

Option #3. Another Earth Clinic user (Ackbar) says 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses in a cup of coffee each day cured his chronic muscle pain.  This is likely due to the magnesium content.  Another way to get combine ACV and molasses is the old fashioned drink called Switchel, which was commonly used before the age of brightly colored sports drinks and juices shipped from around the world.

This version of the drink is from Hillbilly Housewife.

Switchel Recipe

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup sugar or honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • tap water to make 2 quarts

Mix first four ingredients to blend, then add water and mix until dissolved.  Chill or serve over ice, if preferred.

exercise

According to the National Institutes of Health, people who work at a desk should make an effort to get up and stretch at least every 60 minutes (NIH, 2011). Sore muscles might be due to something other than physical activity. If this is the case, your doctor will advise you on how to treat your muscle pain.

 

 

Some content provided courtesy of Commonsense.com and the National Institutes of Health.