Treat your muscle cramps the natural way

There is nothing worse than getting a cramp in the middle of a game or randomly when you are sleeping at night.

 

The common cause of  cramps is overuse of your muscles while doing some kind of exercise. Other causes include muscle injuries, dehydration, poor circulation and a deficiency of a mineral like calcium, magnesium or potassium.

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Luckily there are quick natural ways to get rid and prevent the uncomfortable pain

  • Cold compress: Apply ice cubes wrapped in a towel for 15 minutes. Repeat every two hours for a day.
  • Apple cider: mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in warm water drink it daily to to prevent cramps
  • Clove oil: Massage this oil in the affected area. Using firm strokes massage for 5 minutes.

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Epsom salt can also be used to treat muscle cramps. The magnesium in Epsom salt promotes muscle relaxation and healing.

  1. Fill your bathtub with warm water.
  2. Add two cups of Epsom salt and stir it thoroughly.
  3. Soak in this bath for 20 minutes.
  4. Usually, taking this bath once will take care of the problem. However, if required you can repeat this remedy the next day.

Note: Epsom salt must not be used by those suffering from heart problems, high blood pressure or diabetes.

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  AUTHOR
Lauren Beukes
Journalist

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