Updated: Aug 2, 2019
There are over 650 muscles in the human body. Pretty wild right? The power players, your quads, abs, biceps, and glutes, get most of the credit. But, there are hundreds of additional muscles keeping your body mobile throughout the day. Unfortunately, sometimes we get muscle spasms and cramps that keep us from operating at our best.
Involuntary spasms of your muscles can cause muscle cramps that can stop you in your tracks and even wake you up at night. And if you’re really unlucky, you may suffer from calf-wrenching charley horses. Sound familiar?
What causes muscle cramps?
Like most health challenges, there isn’t a singular cause of the dreaded muscle cramp. You can suffer from muscle cramps for a variety of reasons (1), including:
Poor circulation or blood supply
Magnesium and/or potassium deficiency
Working out in extreme temperatures
Nerve pressure or pinched nerves
Not stretching enough
There are some classic recommendations for muscle cramps. You’ve probably heard them… drink plenty of water, stretch after exercising, eat a banana (for the potassium). But if those solutions aren’t solving your muscle cramps, we have a few tips up our sleeve that can help.
Natural Remedies For Muscles Cramps & Spasms
Valerian root is a natural remedy that is used in herbal medicine to treat inflammation, ease pain, promote sleep, and is a natural muscle relaxer that has been shown to reduce muscle spasm and tension. (2)
Magnesium oil rubbed onto your cramping muscles can deliver a direct dose of the much needed mineral where your body needs it most. You can also add magnesium oil to a warm tub for overall supplementation to help prevent muscles cramps before they start.
Cramp bark is an aptly named low-lying shrub that contains scopoletin and viopudial. Together, these two components can reduce leg cramps, calm muscle spasms, and relax stiff necks. (3)
Chamomile is well known as a soothing beverage to enjoy before bed because of its overall relaxing qualities. Chamomile also acts as a natural muscle relaxant. You can massage chamomile essential oil directly onto cramping muscles or you can consume it as a tea to soothe sore muscles from within. (4)
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which is another natural muscle relaxer and is sometimes recommended to people who suffer from fibromyalgia and arthritis. If you enjoy spicy food, you can focus on adding it to meals. You can also supplement with it in capsule form or you can apply it topically as a cream.
Sometimes, even when we do our best to prevent muscle spasms before they start, our muscles cramp up when we least expect it. Luckily, Mother Nature has us covered by providing us with a variety of natural solutions for muscle cramps.
If you need fast muscle cramp relief on-the-go, give our travel sized magnesium oil a try. Simply spray it on the cramp, rub it in, and feel your muscle tightness ease away!
Leave a comment below if you give any of these remedies a try, we hope they help!