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18 Natural Home Remedies for Muscle Cramps and Spasms

Voluntary muscle movement, such as that of our arms and legs, makes the muscles contract and relax in an alternate manner. If a muscle contracts involuntarily, it is known as a spasm. When the spasm becomes forceful and prolonged, it is known as a cramp. Hence, a muscle cramp is a muscle that has been involuntarily and forcibly contracted and does not relax. This results in a visibly hardened muscle that is palpable.

Read on to find out how you can treat muscle spasms and cramps at home:

1. Wintergreen oil, vegetable oil

Make a mixture of wintergreen oil (1 part) with vegetable oil (4 parts). Massage this mixture gently into the muscle that is cramping.

Wintergreen oil consists of methyl salicylate that helps reduce pain and stimulates the flow of blood. This mixture can be used to massage the muscle many times a day, but ensure that you do not use a heating pad lest you burn your skin. 

2. Baking soda, ginger powder

Mix 2 or 3 tablespoons of salt, ¼ cup of ginger powder and 2 cup of baking soda in warm or hot (tolerable) water bucket and soak your foot in this water. This is a useful technique for relaxing muscles.

3. Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea is supposed to be very beneficial in prevention and treatment of muscle spasms. Drink chamomile tea every day once or twice to ensure your muscular problems.

4. Hot water bath

Heat is considered to provide relief to knotted muscles. This condition generally occurs due to overwork and applying heat relaxes the muscles. Thus, soaking in a hot water bath relieves cramps. If you do not have the time or the means to sit in a hot water bath, a warm towel or a hot water bottle will also do the trick.

5. Almond oil

Other oils that provide relief from muscular pains is Wintergreen oil and Willow bark oil. Cramp bark and lobella have also proved to be effective. Make a mixture of these ingredients with extra-virgin oil or almond oil as carrier oil. Massage the affected area with this mixture and you will find relief almost immediately.

6. Celery seeds

A very good natural remedy for muscle cramps and spasms is the consumption of celery seeds. Not only does it prevent arthritis-related pain, but it also forestalls muscle spasms.

7. Reduce the intake of acidic substances

Your susceptibility to muscle spasms could be due to the interference of acids in your body with its ability to absorb calcium. To fight this, you should reduce the intake of acidic substances such as tomatoes. 

8. Potassium rich food

Another reason for the frequent occurrence of muscle spasms is the lack of potassium in the body. To ensure that you get enough potassium, include foods such as bananas, soya flour, bran wheat, potatoes and ready-to-eat apricots.


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