Legs bear entire weight of the body when we walk, run, sit and standup. These limbs have couple of major bones, few vital and complex joints, and also these have nerves and arterial and venous blood vessels. Constant stress which can become excessive at any time, complex arrangement of bones in the feet and sensitive nerves make these limbs prone to suffer with pain and cramps.
There are numerous reasons which can cause leg cramps; injured, strained and stressed muscles; strained ligaments, shin splints, swollen tendons, dehydration and sometimes anemia are some common causes of leg pain and cramps. Apart from these deficiencies of potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium can also cause leg cramps; side effects of medicines like corticosteroids, allopurinol etc., and health issues like atherosclerosis, and poor blood flow to hips are other causes of leg cramps. Home remedies for leg cramps can relieve the pain and promote movement in a short time.
Home Remedies for Leg Cramps
Start walking whenever you feel a cramp in the leg, this makes blood flow smooth and relax the cramping muscle, or if possible, you can pinch and hold the cramping muscle for few seconds and leave, and do it again if pain continues. Standing on your toes for few seconds till pain goes away is also effective. These are few simple home remedies for leg cramps.
Massages work as wonderful home remedies for leg cramps and also for pains in other parts of the body. You can massage with a mixture of warm mustard oil and camphor, take half cup of mustard oil and heat it a bit, add a teaspoon of grounded camphor and mix well. Apply this mixture over legs and gently massage from groin to feet. Later you can take a shower with warm water or you can wash legs with warm water. This will relieve nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments of the leg and will also make blood flow smooth to prevent cramps and pain.
Garlic oil massages are also the best home remedies for leg cramps as these can regularize blood flow, relax muscles and relieve inflammations in muscles, ligaments and joints. You can purchase raw garlic oil from the market or can make on your own. Just add 10 garlic cloves with 50 ml of any vegetable oil. Boil the mixture till cloves turn dark brown or black in color, later let the mixture cool down and strain to discard garlic cloves. Store the oil and massage legs to relieve the pain and keep joints, muscles and nerves healthy.
Take bath in a bathtub full of warm water, you can add two cups of Epsom salt to the tub full of water and sit in it first with your legs folded and later stretch them out. This sort of bath rushes blood towards pelvic region and provide relief from muscular, joint and ligament cramps. This is one of the best practiced home remedies for leg cramps.
Take dried fenugreek leaves or fresh leaves which you can leave out in the Sun for 3 to 4 days. Take a teaspoon of dried fenugreek leaves and add to a cup of water give the mixture two-three boils and later consume when it is bearably warm. Regular cup of fenugreek tea helps in relieving cramps and pain in legs. You can also try another remedy, consume 6 teaspoons of peanut butter regularly during the day, consume 2 teaspoons each in the morning, and 2 half an hour before lunch and dinner. Both of these have been found as effective home remedies for leg cramps.
Consuming raw garlic cloves, at least two pieces, once in a day also work as one of the potent home remedies for leg cramps. Eat banana at least two fruits everyday to supplement potassium and calcium to the body. You can also drink a glass of water mixed with two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar once in a day to prevent cramps. Another way to consuming apple cider vinegar is by mixing its two tablespoons with two tablespoons of honey. All of these are potent and useful home remedies for leg cramps.
Add a teaspoon of papaya seeds to a cup of water, boil the mixture for few minutes and later let it cool down. When the mixture is bearably warm add a teaspoon of honey and drink. Repeat this at least 3 to 4 times in a day and continue for couple of weeks, this is one of the effective home remedies for leg cramps. You can boil two cloves of garlic with a cup of milk and consume after cooling, this is also one of the best home remedies for leg cramps.
Eat diet rich in protein, sodium, potassium and magnesium; also include iron rich foods in the diet. These minerals are necessary for keeping blood vessels healthy and supplying nutrition to muscles and bones of the body. Drink plenty of water at least 10 to 12 glasses per day and ensure that you walk at least 2000 paces everyday. You can prepare a dish for your breakfast by mixing small pieces of two bananas with two teaspoons of honey and two teaspoons of peanut butter. All of these are simple and effective home remedies for leg cramps.
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