My "secret" natural anti-inflammatory treatment

I did a few too many squats at the gym yesterday so my legs are really sore today.  I thought it might be helpful if I shared my "secret" recipe for beating muscle soreness.  These things are most helpful if you do them before the muscle soreness sets in, but later is OK too.  

I completed my first triathlon in July of this year (.5 mile open-water swim, 16 mile bike, 3 mile run).  Fully expecting to be sore the next day, I did these two things a few hours after the race and I wasn't sore at all the next day.

1. Ginger "tea": Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory that is kind to your tummy, unlike ibuprofen.  To make ginger "tea", grate fresh ginger into a mug (I use about a tablespoon).  Then add boiling water and let it steep for at least 10 minutes (the longer it sits, the better).  You can strain it with a tea strainer or drink the grated ginger along with the "tea", it's your choice.  You may also add sweetener if you wish (I recommend agave nectar).   

2. Epsom salt bath: Add two cups of epsom salt to a warm bath and soak away your tension.  Epsom salt is available at any grocery or drugstore.        

This isn't a miracle cure, but I do think that these things are very helpful.  I have heard that "ice plunging" is beneficial as well.  I'll let somebody else test that one!  


Brewer said...

Nice to see the Eeyore mug!

I've seen a lot of "tough guy" men (football players, fighters, etc.) do the ice plunging thing and they can barely stand it for more than a minute or so. Does not look like fun.

Amy said...

Good remedies. I use an Arnica tincture in an olive oil base for sore muscles, and currently to help a torn MCL; and lavender ice cloths.

Get Natured said...

@Amy- the lavender ice cloths sound nice! Hope the MCL heals quickly!