Almost everyone experiences a muscle cramp at some time in their life. These sudden and involuntary contractions can occur in different muscle groups. Most commonly affected are the muscles in the back of the lower leg and the front and back of the thigh. Muscle cramps may also happen in the abdominal wall, arms, hands and feet. Medicines are generally not needed to treat an ordinary muscle cramp. However, to speed up the recovery time and lessen the discomfort, you can try some simple home remedies.
PINCH YOUR UPPER LIP
The quickest relief may be a pinch to your upper lip directly under your nostrils. Press firmly (not to hard) for 30 seconds to one minute until your leg muscle relaxes. Alternatively, pinch your lip by placing your thumb on the inside of your mouth under the lip and your index finger on the outer lip.
LICK LITTLE SALT
Another home remedy to ease cramp pain is to shake a portion of table salt (approximately the size of a dime) into the palm of your hand and lick it up. Salt can help replenish diminished electrolytes in your body. This remedy is popular because salt is readily available in any home, but if you have a sports drink with electrolytes such as Gatorade handy, go for it!
BLACK STRAP MOLASSES
If your muscle cramp is linked to calcium and potassium deficiency, then black strap molasses is a great remedy for you. It is a good source of calcium and potassium, and thus it can help to maintain strong muscles and prevent cramps. Mix one tablespoon of black strap molasses in a glass of warm water or milk. Drink this mixture and within minutes you will get relief from the pain. If required, you can drink this solution once more. You can also drink this solution on a regular basis to prevent deficiency of potassium and calcium in your body.
Rosemary has anti-inflammatory properties that can help calm inflamed muscle tissue and reduce pain and soreness. It also has a warming effect that promotes relaxation. It can even speed up the recovery time because rosemary is easily absorbed through the skin. Put one ounce of rosemary leaves in a one-pint jar and fill the jar with boiling water. Cover and let it steep for 30 minutes. Soak a washcloth in this warm solution and put it on the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes. When the pain improves, follow it with a cold compress.
Epsom salt can also be used to treat muscle cramps. The magnesium in Epsom salt promotes muscle relaxation and healing. Fill your bathtub with warm water. Add two cups of Epsom salt and stir it thoroughly. Soak in this bath for 20 minutes. Usually, taking this bath once will take care of the problem. However, if required you can repeat this remedy the next day.
Clove oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce muscle cramp inflammation and swelling. Plus, the anaesthetic property of clove oil will help alleviate pain. Slightly warm some clove oil. Rub it on the affected area. Using firm strokes, massage the area for five minutes. If required, repeat the process again.