Your medicine cabinet probably has something to soothe your irritated muscles, particularly if you lead an active life, or have children in the house (children are always getting into all kinds of fixes in the home!). Having pain relief balms may be helpful, but no matter how mild they are, they are still chemically based and could have additional impacts in your body and skin.
There are many alternative, organic options to go for if you’ve been hurt or are sore from extensive muscle activity. This article provides some guidance on these options, which you should only use to treat mild injuries and/or simple strains. If you have suffered serious injury, you should seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
- Massage with essential oils
Massaging works very well to relieve muscle soreness – you can do it yourself or get someone else to do it for you – especially if you use essential oils that have proven anti-inflammatory/analgesic properties like lavender, rosemary, ginger root, nutmeg, peppermint and eucalyptus among others. Simply use a few drops of these oils in organic massage oils and massage onto the sore areas for relief. You should also have an all-natural balm in your natural first aid kit that you can use when you don’t have time for a long massage session.
- Apply pressure
As you massage, or even when you don’t, try to apply moderate, consistent pressure on the webbed area between your thumb and index finger. This is a very powerful acupressure site (known as the hoku point) that is known to improve fatigue and pain.
Use your favorite essential oils and/or bath salts in your bath water. Epsom salts are particularly good; they have magnesium, which aids in reducing pain and cramps and enhancing muscle resilience. Not to mention the mental relaxation that comes from a long, peaceful bath.
- Regular full-body massage
Invest in regular full-body professional massages to keep your muscles flexible and maintain your overall well-being. The massaging action releases a plethora of endorphins into your bloodstream: tranquilizers, pain-relievers, anti-depressants and natural growth hormones, which promote circulation and boost your immunity.
- Active participation
Avoid attending to activities while you’re distracted; be fully present when you’re doing something, and you’ll have a more positive experience while at it. If you’re moving, relax yourself as this will help you to burn more fat and build muscle. Being tense (in the fight-or-flight mode) leaves your muscles tight when they should be slack, and you end up getting tired faster. Also, your body burns less energy since it feels the need to conserve in anticipation of whatever negative thing it is that keeps you stressed.