9 Natural Muscle Relaxants that Ease Muscle Pain

Life is best enjoyed when you live in the moment, but it’s hard to stay present when you’re experiencing pain and aches in each passing second.

Many of us use synthetic muscle relaxants to ease pain and aches. Even they though they work, some of them are addictive and dangerous.

Over-the-counter solutions for muscle pain don’t relax your muscles. They ease the pain by shutting off communication between your brain and nervous system. In short, they affect your entire body, instead of treating the painful part.

For that reason, it’s better to start by trying natural muscle relaxants. They can ease your pain and aches without major side effects.

9 Natural Muscle Relaxants that Ease Muscle Pain

1. Tart Cherry Juice

You can prevent muscle aches after workouts by drinking tart cherry juice. It contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help relax your muscles.

This study found that tart cherry juice helped runners reduce post-workout pain. Keep in mind that the researchers used a strong cherry concentration.

2. Chili Pepper

You should spice up your meals, if you struggle with back pain or muscle spasms. Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a natural pain-reliever. Studies even show that rubbing capsaicin on your skin may reduce muscle soreness.

3. Chamomile Tea

Did you know that drinking chamomile tea before bed can help you sleep better? This ancient herb increases calmness and relaxation. Drink chamomile tea to ease muscle inflammation, or massage chamomile oil into your achy muscles to ease the pain.

4. Magnesium

Magnesium plays a vital role in muscle contractions, which is why you may experience muscle spasms when you’re magnesium deficient.

Get enough magnesium from spinach, bananas, almonds, cashews and supplements. Note that high magnesium intake can lead to stomach cramps.

5. Peppermint Oil

Other than improving digestion, peppermint oil also eases pain. A review of various studies concluded that taking peppermint oil orally can relieve pain.

Applying the oil (diluted in a carrier oil) on the affected area can also relax the muscles and relieve pain. You may want to avoid peppermint oil if you have gallbladder, bile duct and liver problems.

6. Curcumin

Research shows that taking curcumin may help reduce inflammation after your workout.

Turmeric may be the best source of curcumin, but it’s not the only source. Ginger and cinnamon also offer good amounts of this vital compound.

7. Epsom Salt Soak

Taking an Epsom salt bath can relax your muscles and ease your pain. Epsom salt offers magnesium, which we know is a natural muscle relaxer. Note that even soaking just your feet helps.

8. CBDs

Cannabinoids (CBDs) have been shown to alleviate pain. You need to take advantage of CBDs if you suffer chronic pain or inflammation.

Cannabis isn’t the only source of this amazing compound, there are other plants that contain cannabinoids.

9. Blueberries

If your smoothies lack variety, consider adding blueberries to them. They’re loaded with antioxidants that fight inflammation and reduce oxidative stress.

One study found that drinking a blueberry smoothie before and after your workout can speed up sore muscle recovery.

Which muscle relaxant do you use to ease pain and aches? Are there natural muscle relaxants you’d add to this list?

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