Aches and pains can be incredibly troublesome, affecting your daily life and even disrupting your sleep. Whether you're suffering from sports injuries, post-workout pain or just a stiff neck, natural treatments can help to soothe and calm soreness, so I've put together this guide to treating muscle and joint stiffness naturally.
When you're suffering from muscle soreness, joint stiffness or aches and pains, sometimes you just need a fast and effective form of natural pain relief. From natural body oils to Magnesium moisturisers, I have found some amazing alternatives to mainstream topical pain relief treatments which deliver effective relief from soreness by utilising potent natural active ingredients such as botanical extracts and essential oils.
How to soothe sore muscles naturally
When it comes to soothing aches and pains the natural way, there are several different ways to help get that effective relief from soreness. For fairly fast relief, Magnesium oils and thermal treatments can be massaged into the skin to help boost circulation and calm inflammation. This is also a great option when you're on the move and need a helping hand to keep you going. At the end of the day, I recommend a soothing bath soak before bedtime as they are not only calming and de-stressing but can also help to really relax your muscles and get some of that stiffness out. Magnesium is one of my favourite ingredients for treating sore muscles as you can use it as a bath soak, in spray form and even as a cream or oil.
Natural thermal treatments
Uspa Thermal Treatment Oil - Red Pepper
Amazingly, naturally warm, the Uspa Thermal Treatment Oil - Red Pepper. It does offer that heating effect the skin and can be used on those tight muscles around the neck ad shoulders (as well as arms, legs and feet!). This is due to the capsicum Extract which has a warming effect on the skin combined with Wintergreen and Menthol which offer a unique stimulating effect. All together this offers a wonderful hot-cold effect which I love using on mild muscle tihgtness.
Amazing Oils Magnesium RECOVERY Spray
Ideal for use after intensive exercise or to relieve tired feet, the Amazing Oils Magnesium RECOVERY Spray delivers magnesium chloride with the tingling and uplifting effect of icy-warmth of Wintergreen and Menthol which may help stimulate circulation, and help cool down after a work out. Refreshing and rejuvenating, this soothing blend acts as a Magnesium oil and thermal treat all in one!
Weleda Arnica Massage Oil
Another favourite for post-exercise use is the Weleda Arnica Massage Oil. This one is packed with nourishing Sunflower Seed Oil and Olive Oil as well as extracts of organic Arnica flowers and Birch leaves to deliver a warming effect, plus Rosemary and Lavender to help relax your muscles before and after sport. This natural blend is wonderful when combined with a gentle massage.
Natural magnesium moisturiser
Amazing Oils Organic Magnesium Moisturiser
I love the soothing and super hydrating Amazing Oils Organic Magnesium Moisturiser. With 22% Magnesium Chloride, it can deliver a boost of Magnesium into the skin, while nourishing hydrating Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Vitamin E make an excellent massage cream for the temples, forehead and shoulders.
Natural bath and foot soaks
Amazing Oils Magnesium
I love a good Magnesium soak to help with relaxing the muscles after a long day at work. I also find it helps ease my family into a s well as help with getting a good nightly bed time routine. You can try the Amazing Oils Magnesium which come sin bulk family size buckets. I just add a cup of these pure, sustainably sourced Magnesium Chloride flakes to the bath and soak in the for as long as I need, plus they can also be added to a smaller tub for a targeted foot soak.
Weleda Arnica Muscle Soak
Soothing and relaxing, the Weleda Arnica Muscle Soak is a beautiful bath milk made with Arnica Flowers and Birch Leaf Extract which makes for a wonderfully relaxing soak for the whole body, and is especially soothing after a long day or strenuous work out. It also contains calming Lavender and Rosemary work to wind down both mind and body, making this bath milk a great option for promoting relaxation and sleep.