What are the best herbs for a muscle cramp?

Finding relief from a muscle cramp consists of several different steps.  Herbs can help to relieve the pain, soothe the muscle and return the muscle to normal operation.  Naturally recovering from the cramp involves several parts:

  1.  Reduce the pain
  2. Relax the muscle
  3. Improve the circulation
  4. Provide nutrients for rebuilding muscle

Reducing the pain

Reducing the pain is not always necessary.  Many times, people spend excessive resources reducing pain, when the level of pain is bearable,  but uncomfortable.  Pain is the body’s way of communicating with us.  Listen to your body.

The easiest, most common herbal ingredients for reducing muscle pain are ginger and/or turmeric.  Dried or candied forms of these medicinal roots can be used, but the fresh form is generally considered better.  Ginger and turmeric have been used for centuries to reduce pain and are also beneficially in many other ways.

Cayenne pepper has also been used to naturally reduce pain.  Look for an ointment that contains capsaicin, a substance in hot peppers that provides heat, or make your own.  Capsaicin can provide relief from some types of pain.

Relax the muscle

Some common methods for relaxing tensed muscles are:

  • Massage
  • Warm bath
  • Camphor ointment
  • Valerian
  • Hops
  • Stretching
  • Movement, such as swimming

Feed the muscle

Some types of cramping and tension are caused by a nutritional deficiency in magnesium or potassium.  Eating yogurt or a banana can help to reduce these types of cramps.

Also, water is an important part of our bodies and the natural processes that are involved with day to day operation of these complicated machines that human’s call “our bodies”.  Drinking plenty of water helps our bodies to get rid of toxic chemicals.  Drinking water is probable the most important thing that you can do to help your body get rid of toxins.