Have you ever been woken up in the middle of the night with an intense leg cramp, that you can’t seem to get to stop? Pretty much everyone will experience these muscle cramps sometime in their life. Did you know that even being dehydrated can cause leg cramps?
Leg Cramps? Try these Home Remedies
The most common areas for leg cramps are the lower leg and the front and back of the thigh. If your leg cramp is really strong it can leave you sore even after the cramp has passed. I know during pregnancy you can experience severe leg cramps, and it can leave your legs sore for a day or two.
Here are some all natural remedies to treat leg cramps! So the next time you feel a leg cramp coming on, try one of these remedies below for instant relief!
The first thing to do if you feel leg cramps starting is to lick salt. Just pour a little in the palm of your hand and lick away. It will almost instantly take the pain away.
This is another almost instant reliever, drink a little pickle juice. It will almost instantly stop the leg cramp.
Baking Soda and Water
Take an 8 oz glass of water, add a tablespoon of baking soda and drink it. This will help the pain to go away within five minutes.
Take a tablespoon of mustard and eat it, this will work fast at releasing the cramp in your leg. Save the packets from fast food restaurants, they work great!
Take around 1-2 tablespoons for severe leg cramps, it works really quick!
Cold Tile Floors
If you are experiencing pain, they say to walk on cold tile floors barefoot. For some reason, it does the trick!
Spoonful of Sugar
Dissolve a spoonful of sugar under your tongue and in minutes your leg cramps will be gone.
Rub a little rubbing alcohol on the area that is cramping up, and it should help relieve the tension in your muscles. There are so many uses for rubbing alcohol, that it’s definitely worth having a bottle on hand.
Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salt is rich in magnesium, and that will seep into your skin as you soak in the bath, and help loosen up those tense muscles. It is a great way to relieve stress, soothe your achy muscles, and detoxify your body.
Try stretching your leg to loosen up those cramped up muscles. Even trying to walk a little when it is cramping can help relieve some of the tension in your leg.
If you have some essential oils at home, rub peppermint and/or lavender oils on the area that is causing the pain. This will help relax and soothe the pain from the cramping muscles.
If you experience a lot of leg cramps, you might need to add more magnesium to your diet. You can buy a supplement or you can eat more foods that contain magnesium. High magnesium foods include nuts, seeds, fish, dark leafy greens, avocados, whole grains, dried fruits, and more. Aim for around 400 mg of magnesium a day.
Like I stated above, dehydration can be a cause of muscle cramps. To prevent those leg cramps, stay hydrated during the day. Drink enough water every day based on your body size (standard is eight ounces, eight times a day). If you find that you are sweating a lot or it is hot, drink more, or add in an electrolyte drink like Gatorade or Powerade.
Ice or Heat the Sore Area
Take an ice pack and apply it to the area that is hurting. This is a great way to relieve the pain from the sore muscle. Heat relaxes the muscle, and is great for tightness and cramping. You can use a warm towel or a heating pad.
Do you have any of your own home remedies for leg cramps? Share what works for you in the comments!