Throughout our lives, we may experience tightness, spasms and soreness in the muscles of our physical body on a regular basis. The causes include overexertion, exercising, accidents or falls, pregnancy and the overall aging of the body, as well as specific diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.

In addition to yoga, walking, healthy eating and massage, natural medicines can help. They work to loosen muscle adhesions and trigger points. When used in combination with posture improvements and pain-fighting essential oils, these supplements can be used instead of man-made pharmaceuticals.

If you would like to avoid using synthetic drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin, consider trying the following natural muscle-relaxing substances instead:

1. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil

CBD is similar to THC, except it’s non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t change your consciousness or make you feel “high”.  CBD oil can be utilized to help treat chronic pain, including muscle pain. Research points to its function as a muscle relaxer, and many people use it to manage their muscular pain.

CBD oil is usually taken in drop form, placed under the tongue or mixed with water or juice. Topical ointment infused with CBD oil is widely available now, sold for the purpose of alleviating acute muscle pain and soreness.

CBD ointment is made by infusing high-quality cannabis flowers in coconut or olive oil. This process extracts the active compounds of the marijuana: CBD, THC or both — depending on the type of hemp. This oil is then blended with a natural painkilling herbal essential oil, like peppermint, arnica or lemongrass.

Keep in mind that CBD oil is not yet legal in all states or countries. If you’re on other medicines, check with your doctor before taking it, as it may react with some medications.

2. Cannabis

Science has confirmed that cannabis is an effective pain reliever. One of the major benefits associated with medicinal marijuana use is the relief of chronic or neuropathic pain. Inhalation of marijuana smoke relaxes the muscles within the body.

Cannabis plants contain two anti-inflammatory agents that act as muscle relaxers: delta-limonene, which is also found in citrus fruits, and beta-myrcene, which is also in lemongrass and basil.

People with frequent muscle tightness or twitching often have difficulty completing normal tasks associated with daily activities. The use of medical marijuana can be beneficial for them, as it helps reduce the symptoms associated with muscular tension, aches or pains. This medicine can increase a patient’s ability to move normally and improve their quality of life.

3. Cherries

Cherries have tons of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Cherry juice helps treat inflammation and muscle pain.

Research has shown that drinking tart cherry juice can minimize post-workout pain. This is due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, both of which help relax the muscles naturally.

Cherries & blueberries

4. Blueberries

Blueberries are another fantastic source of antioxidants and polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory effects.

Drinking a blueberry smoothie before and after exercise can help speed up recovery time after muscle damage by reducing inflammation and allowing the muscles to recuperate after exercise.

5. Magnesium

Magnesium is vital for most of our bodily functions—especially nutrition and muscle contractions.

High-magnesium foods include almonds, bananas, cashews, spinach, black beans, edamame and brown rice. It’s also available as a supplement.

6. Epsom salt

The two main ingredients of Epsom salt are magnesium and sulfate. An Epsom salt bath may provide pain relief and reduce swelling in people living with inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout and psoriatic arthritis.

Low levels of magnesium can ease arthritis pain. Epsom salt contains magnesium and helps rid the body of inflaming toxins while reducing muscle swelling, stiffness and pain.

7. Curcumin

Curcumin and turmeric

Turmeric, cinnamon and ginger all contain curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties and is also an antioxidant that helps fend off free radicals that can damage cells and tissue. Taking a curcumin supplement or incorporating these tasty ingredients regularly in your diet may help relax the muscles. Some people with osteoarthritis use turmeric as a natural pain reliever because it helps relieve inflammation.

Cinnamon can easily be added to oatmeal, homemade breads, pancakes and cookies. Ginger makes for a spicy addition to a banana, pineapple or mango smoothie. Turmeric is the ingredient in curry that gives it a deep yellow color and unique flavor. Turmeric, cinnamon and ginger can also be consumed in tea form.

8. Pomegranates

Pomegranate fruit is full of anti-inflammatory polyphenols. The antioxidant capacity of pomegranate juice may be up to three times higher than green tea. A scientific study on elite weightlifters found that pomegranate juice may help speed up muscle recovery.

9. Peppermint


Peppermint oil treats muscle pain and sprains, by providing a cooling effect, pain relief and muscular relaxation.

It has been shown to help alleviate pain associated with fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. Peppermint oil is not suitable for people with liver or gallbladder problems.

10. Lemongrass

Lemongrass oil and tea can treat arthritic joint pain and inflammation.

There is some scientific evidence pointing to the idea that lemongrass is an effective treatment for inflammation and nerve pain.

11. Cayenne pepper

The potent pepper helps lessen post-operative pain. Cayenne pepper is a powerful candida killer, too, actively fighting against 16 fungal strains, including candida, a common internal infection linked to joint pain, among other symptoms.  Cayenne also works as an external pain reliever.

Capsaicin is an important natural painkiller in cayenne that relieves muscle soreness and tension, in addition to skin infections. It can be added to food or used in capsule or cream form. As a cream, it can be applied directly to areas affected by muscle spasms.

12. Chamomile

Chamomile daisy flower

Chamomile is a flowering herb that treats a wide variety of ailments, including muscle spasms. It contains 36 flavonoids, which are compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. Massage chamomile essential oil (mixed with a carrier oil like coconut) onto affected muscles to provide relief from spasms. Chamomile tea also helps relax sore muscles.

Give these natural alternatives from Mother Earth a try rather than habitually resorting to potentially damaging and addictive over-the-counter and prescription pills. These drugs come along with a slew of unpleasant side effects, including stomach ulcers and breathing problems. Go the natural route whenever possible!