9. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. When applied topically, capsaicin produces a warming sensation and reduces pain from muscle strains.
- Mix one-half teaspoon each of cayenne pepper powder and lukewarm olive oil.
- Apply it over the sore muscle.
- Follow this simple remedy twice daily for about a week for compete recovery.
You can also sprinkle crushed cayenne pepper flakes over your food for additional anti-inflammatory effects to aid faster recovery.
10. Tart Cherry Juice
Tart cherries have antioxidants that may help reduce swelling and pain associated with a strained muscle. According to an Oregon Health & Science University study, tart cherries have a high amount of anti-inflammatory content that can help deal with strained muscle pain.
Try to drink one glass of tart cherry juice daily for a week. This will help increase muscle strength, which in turn will reduce soreness and pain.
Tart cherries are available in fresh or frozen form. If you are buying readymade juice, opt for one that is 100% tart cherry juice to avoid extra sugar and preservatives.
Along with these remedies, you must rest and avoid putting extra strain on the affected muscle area. If these home remedies bring no relief in 24 hours, call your doctor.