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Sore Muscle Relief

I don’t quite like the feeling of muscle soreness. Do you? It’s just irritating. Every small or involuntary action that you make, like lifting your hand, for example, sends spasms of raw muscle pain and waves of discomfort up your body, making you take every step cautiously. Muscle soreness thwarts every small action that you’ve set up for yourself and that is no way to live. That is why sore muscle relief becomes important and that is exactly what we will be discussing today. Continue reading for various ways to get rid of sore muscles.

What are Sore Muscles?

Sore neck and shoulder muscles


Typically you’ll experience sore muscles after workout or a strenuous day of physical activity. This is caused by Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). This occurs when there is a sudden change in activity that exerts more pressure on the muscles and causes exertion. The muscles becomes sore as a result of that and take some time to adjust to the sudden pressure that is put on them. If you continue to exert the same pressure on the muscles then they will get used to the stress and the pain will diminish.

Muscle soreness should not be confused with a sprain or strain in the muscles which are caused by a sudden jerking action. You will typically experience sore muscles after 8-12 hours of physical activity unlike a sprain. The burning sensation that sore muscles have to is caused by the lactic acid build up in muscles. This is released in the body to supply the excess need of oxygen which is not possible for the blood to fulfill. Being an acid, it burns every time the muscle is moved.


What a Pain in the neck!

Natural Methods of Relief

The sore muscles and joints pain isn’t pleasant even though you know that something good has brought it on. Then what is one to do about it? Continue to bear it or take some measures to remedy the pain? Here are some muscle sore relief methods that you can take up.

 Cold Packs or Hot Packs…or Both?

Hot Packs – Soreness, overexertion

Cold Packs – Injury, inflammation


Kat’s Handmade Herbal Hot/Cold Packs


The most effective sore muscle remedy is Hot Packs. Better still, take a warm bath, shower or sit in a jacuzzi right after a strenuous workout for instant relief.  By using a Hot Pack or some other warm therapy you soothe the aching muscles and also send fresh blood/lymph to the area to “clean” out the lactic acid and wastes/toxin build-up.  Apply this Hot Pack for 10-20 minutes several times a day for a day or two.

Cold Packs are specifically for treating injured or inflamed conditions.  Cold reduces the blood flow to the muscles by constricting the blood vessels. Therefore, the pain and inflammation will ebb away. If a Cold bath is not possible then use a cold pack on the injured/inflamed muscles and the pain and inflammation will die down. Apply these cold packs for 15-20 minutes every hour for the first two to three days.

Both Hot Packs and Cold Packs can be used in some situations quite effectively as contrast therapy.  When you need to bring the healing power of fresh blood/lymph to the area AND bring down inflammation contrast therapy is perfect for this.  If inflammation IS present, start with a Cold pack; 10 minutes on and then transition to a Hot Pack; 10 minutes on.  Cycle a few more time and do this at least 2-3 times per day for 2-3 days.


Over-the-Counter Medicines

Certain anti-inflammatory capsules are designed to reduce the pain and ease the symptoms of sore muscles. These would include aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen etc. Make sure to consult your doctor before taking these pills.


Herbal Medication

If you aren’t into the synthetic medication forms, then you can try some herbal medicines. Ginger, dong quai, St. John’s wort, sage, arnica, devil’s claw and others are known to lead to instant relief.


Gel, cream, pill…Arnica is superior at natural pain control

Arnicare Cream, Horizontal, 2.5 Ounce Sore Muscle Relief
Arnica Montana by Hyland’s Homeopathic – 250 tablets, 30X Sore Muscle Relief

Other Methods for Relieving Sore Muscles

  • Giving the sore muscles a light massage with the help of aromatic oils is known to provide relief.



  • Doing light stretches will help to open the constricted muscles and lead to relief.



Gently, slowly, easy.


  • Swimming is another very effective way of bringing in sore muscle relief. The movement of muscles used helps to reduce the inflammation and pain.
  • Start taking vitamin supplements to aid the body in handling the stress.
  • To prevent sore muscles after running or jogging or any other physical sport, make sure that you do some warm up exercises, that focuses on working all muscle groups.
  • Increase the intensity of the workout steadily so that it does not lead to a strain on the muscles and cause sore muscles.
  • Drink water, water, water, water!
  • Gentle stretching after Hot Pack use is highly recommended!

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Kidney Stones – Oh MY!

Kidney Stones

Joe Pye Weed


About the best that can be said of kidney stones is that once you go through the experience, you may find yourself willing to go out of your way to make sure they do not come back again! One bout is enough to make most people re-think their diets and make some changes!

About half the people who get kidney stones will suffer them again, along with the symptoms of sudden, sharp waves of pain, nausea, and profuse sweating that accompany this problem. Severe cases are also accompanied by bleeding and, if there is an infection, even fever. As with any kidney condition, please see your physician or naturopath to determine the exact cause of your symptoms and the severity of your condition.

Kidney stones are mineral deposits made up of calcium, uric acid or the amino acid cysteine. There are numerous theories as to how these stones form, but no ones knows for absolute sure. Contributing factors may include:



Lack of exercise

Repeated kidney infections

History of kidney issues in your family

In some herbal books it is said that lemon juice reduces the size of kidney stones, but most herbal remedies including those based on lemon juice and hydrangea do not actually dissolve stones. Instead they help eliminate the stones and reduce or relieve the pain that occurs as they are eliminated. The larger the stone, the more uncomfortable this can be. Good herbs that help reduce infection, pain and spasms are cramp bark, goldenrod and joe pye weed, aptly nicknamed “gravel root” for its ability to get rid of stones.

At least 75% of kidney stones are composed of calcium combined with phosphate or oxalic acid. Medical experts believe that these stones result from an accumulation of unused calcium and lack of general exercise.

Since calcium phosphate stones are most common in alkaline urine, cranberries and other herbs that acidify urine also help prevent stones. Levels of the enzyme urease, which contributes to kidney stones, are increased by bacteria and the alkaline urine they produce. If you are prone to kidney stones, play it safe and avoid the following oxalic acid rich foods:



Beet Greens


Green Tea


Uric acid stones are found in urine that is too acidic. If you get this type of stone eat the following foods:



Apple Juice



These foods will help make your urine more alkaline. Also consider changing or modifying your diet. One thing that can cause your urine to be overly acidic is an overabundance of PROTEIN. The herbs Meadowsweet, Sarsaparilla, Joe Pye Weed and Plantain help rid the kidneys of excess uric acid.

Kidney Stone Tea

2 tsp Hydrangea Root

1 tsp Wild Yam Root

1 tsp Cramp Bark

1 ½ Qt Water

1 tsp Joe Pye Weed

½ tsp EACH Corn Silk, Plantain Leaf, Yarrow Leaf

*Add hydrangea, wild yam and cramp bark to water in a saucepan.

*Bring to boil, turn down heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

*Remove from heat, add rest of herbs, cover pan and steep for at least 20 minutes.

*Strain and keep refrigerated.

*Drink 3-4 Cups daily.

*If bleeding occurs with your Kidney Stones, add 30 drops of Shepherd’s Purse tincture to each cup of tea.

A tea is most especially appropriate when treating a kidney infection because you should be drinking plenty of water to keep the kidneys flushed and help kidney stones from forming. You can also take this formula as a tincture; 2-3 droppers-full per day.

Blessings to you and yours,





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