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.
- Add one or two teaspoons of dried rosemary to one cup of hot water. Let it steep for about 10 minutes and then strain it. Drink this tea two or three times a day.
8. Stretching Exercises
Performing simple stretching exercises can help relieve muscle cramps. Stretch the affected muscle with a mild, static stretch for 15 to 30 seconds at a time and rub the affected area gently to help it relax.
You can also go for a swim. The movement of muscles in water helps stretch them out and ease soreness. Plus, cold water helps reduce inflammation and pain.
Note: If stretching causes more intense pain, stop doing it.