Muscle Strain and Pain Remedies

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Natural remedies for treatment of muscle conditions like muscle strains and pain typically requires the identification of underlying muscle issues. Nonetheless, appropriate nutrition, regular exercise and a balanced lifestyle can treat many muscle related issues. Additionally, taking supplements that deliver the right nutrients and prevent buildup of toxins in the body also treat muscle conditions.

What are Muscle Issues?

The muscles are likely one of the most important structures in the body. Responsible for aiding in movement and the general function of the body, muscles facilitate much of what makes the body work. However, several conditions can adversely affect the muscles.

Common muscle conditions include injury, overuse, genetic disorder, cancer, inflammation, disease of the nerves, infection and medicinal affect. Common symptoms associated with muscle conditions include muscle cramps, aches, strain, swelling and heat.

Natural Treatment for Muscle Ailments

Treating muscle issues generally requires a varied approach that takes into consideration the actual cause of the issue. Many natural treatments, however, treat conditions whatever the cause and eliminate associated issues. Dietary supplements including apple cider vinegar, blackstrap molasses and coconut oil are particularly effective treatments for muscle issues.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a naturally acidic compound. The acid in the vinegar has been shown to cool and relax the skin and muscles. Additionally, apple cider vinegar delivers powerful mineral properties to the body that may also help treat sore muscles and other muscle conditions.

Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses promotes muscle health in a variety of ways. Blackstrap molasses is derived from the sugar refining process and contains a number of nutrients including iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. All of these together support muscle, bone and joint health and alleviate associated issues.

Coconut Oil

Lauded as a superfood, coconut oil delivers a number of health benefits. In regards to the muscles, coconut oil aids in the absorption of minerals and other nutrients and supports overall health. Coconut oil also prevents muscle spasms, cramping and other issues.

Muscle conditions range from simple overuse to more complex diseases and infections. Nevertheless, adequate nutrition and a balanced lifestyle can prevent and treat many muscle issues.


Dehydration is harmful to all body systems, including the muscular system. Maintaining proper hydration is critical for muscle health and repair. While coffee, tea, energy drinks etc. are okay for most people in moderation, if they provide most of your liquid intake your body is probably in need of more water. Most people know that they need more water but sometimes lack motivation to drink it! Keeping water in the refrigerator in glass jars makes water more appealing.  Adding a slice of fresh lemon is a great idea, too. Herbal tea counts towards your water intake.

Magnesium Oil

Magnesium oil is a magnesium supplement that you spray on your skin. The magnesium is absorbed into your skin. Magnesium is absolutely necessary for your muscles. Magnesium oil can be sprayed directly onto a sore muscle and it will absorb right where it is needed. If the magnesium oil stings, you can rinse it off after 20 minutes and will still have the benefit.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is a great natural remedy for muscle issues. It can be gently massaged into the impaired muscle. It brings pain relief and healing. Because castor oil is messy, this treatment is best done at bedtime. Use old pajamas because the oil can stain clothing.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Hy19 (Indianapolis, In) on 06/12/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I messed my shoulder up bad to the point I could barely move it. I got on here and I soaked a wash cloth with avc and put it on my shoulder with in minutes it took my pain away. Thank u earth and the reviews.. I recommend it if ur muscles hurt or u pulled it. I can't get over how much it helped me out.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Susan (Phoenix, Arizona) on 09/23/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I can't thank you enough for the ACV cure for my sore muscle! I spent a miserable night with a pulled muscle in my shoulder, and like you, tried everything to fix it. After reading your post, I went immediately to my organic ACV and soaked a paper towel with it, stuck it on my skin, and the pain disappeared within 2 minutes! God Bless you for posting this!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Monique (Virginia Beach, Usa) on 02/04/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Hey, I have to say the ACV worked for muscle ache. I had a complete body massage earlier today. I was sore when I woke up to get a glass of water and then I stopped to check this site for sore muscles. I drank 1 tablespoon of Acv and 1/2 c water- in 2 minutes my soreness was gone. Thank you EC

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Heather (Katy, Tx, Usa) on 05/18/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I somehow managed to pull a muscle very near the point of my shoulder blade. I have muscle relaxants that would have helped with the pain, but hesitate to use them because of the side effects. I found your site hoping for a simpler cure for this small, yet painful, problem. I applied straight organic ACV to a washcloth - not completely soaking it, but soaking the center 3 inches. Then I put the washcloth over the sore muscle, and helped it stay there by using an ace bandage over that shoulder and under my opposite arm. I'm sure you can use just about anything you can wrap around your body, like gauze, or a long scarf or something. Or you could just lay on your stomach with it on your back if you've managed to hurt a muscle in an area there and you know the washcloth isn't going to want to stay put. Anyway - an hour later and I'm barely feeling pain! I'm not really into holistic/folk medicine, but this has convinced me that it has it's place. I'm going to look up a few things for my pets and see if they like alternative medicine as well! Thank you to the others that posted this cure.

If you've got a cut I think the straight ACV would burn, but you could dilute it 50/50. Straight worked fine for me and I took it off after an hour. The only drawback is the smell - I will need a shower later on, with LOTS of soap. LOL!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Donna (Coconut Creek, Florida) on 07/11/2010
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Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Judith (Henlow, Bedfordshire, England) on 08/16/2009
5 out of 5 stars

When we were house hunting in Iran, over 30 years ago, a host offered us a refreshing cold drink on a hot summer day. It was delicious. We found out it was diluted vinegar. Now that I'm trying to get rid of muscle pain, I'm drinking apple cider vinegar but I prepare it the way the Persians do: 2 teaspoons acv, 1 teaspoon honey, and a spring of fresh mint. Add 8 - 10 ounces cold water and give it a stir. Wonderful!

What's surprising me is that the muscles are responding rapidly. I've only drunk it for 4 or 5 days and there's already a noticeable difference. Thought it would take 6 months!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda

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Posted by Kermit (Austin Tx) on 07/01/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have taken the ACV Baking Soda treatment. I was told this by my acupuncturist for my muscle pain. I had started a walking program but I was experiencing muscle pain when I sit too long or stand. It has helped that but it has also kept my weight down. Since not be able to walk like I was. I am going to start back walking or some form of exercise 30 minutes a day. I am glad taking 1 month off has not made me gain any of the weight back.

Avoid Statins

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Posted by Bja (Oklahoma) on 07/02/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I'm nearing 60 and after having taken a statin for several years, about a year ago I began having awful muscle pain that, even after 4 mos. off the drug, pain persists. I am going to try and use Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother, of course! ) and see if I feel any better. I'll keep you posted!

Avoid Statins
Posted by Gavin (Northland) on 04/14/2014

As far as muscle pain goes watch out if you are taking statins. They block an essential enzyme produced in the liver for muscles. Fifty per cent of those prescribed them have to stop taking them due to this. But sometimes as the pain comes on sometimes months after taking them they are misdiagnosed as another ailment. Some doctors are saying that statins do nothing except make the sellers a lot of money.

Replied by Marsh57

The VA nursing home doctor put our 88 yr old Dad on statins. I can't help but believe they caused jaundice, that ultimately resulted in his demise. Cause? Liver cancer that traveled onward. Still breaks my heart that I listened to that doctor while foregoing my intuition.


My deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved father. Never blame yourself for the gross injuries and deaths going unpunished from errors made by doctors as well as huge profits from toxic prescriptions. Research, and you will find that more than 500,000 patients die every year from medical error and prescriptions drugs.

Your gut feeling was diluted and negated by the brainwashing of our society by so-called authority figures and "expert" status of doctors and other medical specialists virtue signaling their 'trust me' knowledge. Ask any one of them what they learned in medical school about nutrition, and they will say about one chapter from one book.

Current example: NY governor Como, killing thousands of healthy elders by dumping them in nursing homes where many suffer from severely compromised health. He wore it as a badge of honor and said, "...We did a beautiful thing in those hospitals..."

Pray for others who will unwittingly will fall prey to these quacks.


You're 100% right. He was ready to go on, departing on his own terms... but the negligence you mention is criminal.

Blackstrap Molasses

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Posted by Ackbar (Oaklyn, NJ) on 08/12/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Muscles... 60 years old... I perspire when working.... Over a 3 years heavy outside work... The muscles on both legs starting burning, until I could not walk upstairs, in fact, I had to pull myself up to our second floor. I have been taking blackstrap molasses for 1 year... 1 Tablespoon in a coffee cup of hot water. I am now back to 60% of total muscle contol... I feel that I could be 1 more year. I will add this to my diet.

Coconut Oil

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Posted by Lynn (St. Petersburg, FL) on 01/14/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking vco for approximately two weeks now, at about 2-3 tablespoons a day, both in cooking, and melted like butter on foods. I have had severe muscle pain of unknown origin (probably fibromyalgia) for years. The Q-Ray bracelet helped enormously for a few years, but recently I have had a lot of pain. On day three of my taking the oil, my pain was all but gone, a recurrent cyst had disappeared, and my energy/stamina was phenomenal. I had suffered from very low energy for years, and take thyroxin. I now am "addicted" to the stuff, and would recommend it to anyone with these symptoms.

Compartment Syndrome

Posted by Roy (Toronto, Ont. Cda) on 10/01/2012

Hi, Ted, are you familiar with compartment syndrome, hopefully I would like to hear what you have to say. It defininitly is not a popular ailment up here in Canada.

Replied by Jj
(Happy Town, South Land)

Roy, its not popular here in the USA!! My 21 year old son was misdiagnosed with shin splints, treated for 1 year. Come to find out it was stress induced compartment syndrome, refered to a syndrome due to the fact the cause is unknown.

What I do know it is a very serious condition, with basically no known successful treatment. He did have a surgery to release pressure. He after 6 months has numbness and pain. We now realize the surgery was an attempt, or a exploration. I had never heard of this syndrome and the doctors do not know what causes it. There is little information out there on a treatment.


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Posted by Shary (Centennial, Co) on 12/21/2010
5 out of 5 stars

About a year ago, a therapist suggested vitamin D for my chronic, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain. She recommended 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily. I got a little better but not much, and didn't associate it with vitamin D supplementation at the time. Then about a month ago I heard about the Vitamin D Council, a non-profit group of physicians and research scientists, and I went on their website.

Knowing from a recent blood test that I am somewhat deficient in vitamin D, and based on what I was reading, I immediately began taking 8,000 IU of D3, and what an improvement!

In just a few weeks I am almost completely pain-free in the neck, shoulders, hips and knees. I don't believe it is a coincidence because I've been dealing with muscle pain for 6 years now. I will drop back to the Council's recommended dosage in the next few months, at which time I can get some of my vitamin D from the sun.

If there really is a magic bullet, it could very well be vitamin D. It helps just about every aspect of the human body. If you don't spend much time outside, are in the habit of slathering on sunscreen, or if you live north of 35 degrees latitude, you are probably low on D. Please be aware that although this research appears to be solid, and I know for certain it has helped me, it isn't yet mainstream and differs considerably from government recommendations. It is important to have your vitamin D level checked so you have some idea of how much you need. It's also important to know that vitamin D supplements must be D3, which is cholecalciferol, the same thing our bodies make from sunshine.

Epsom Salt

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Posted by Diana Letresor (Mesa, Az, Usa) on 01/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have heard all of my life about using Epsom Salts to relieve muscle soreness. Well, last night I got the box out that had been under my sink for 8 years and hardly used. I got a stepper for Christmas and finally used it for a half an hour 1-6-12. I knew I would be very sore from ankles to hips from being out of shape, so I filled the tub with very warm water, put in about 2 cups of Epsom salts and soaked for 15 minutes. I didn't use any soap, I only soaked in the water with Epsom Salts. Afterwards, I took a warm shower to wash my hair, etc. This morning I was so amazed that I was barely sore! I had more soreness on my upper chest and shoulders (where the soak bath didn't reach), than I did on my feet or legs. I also felt very relaxed after my soak last night. I have a problem with insomnia, but I went to bed and slept about 9 1/2 hours and that never happens.

I am totally sold on using Epsom salts for muscle soreness, relaxation and insomnia. And to think I had that box of Epsom Salt under my bathroom sink for almost a decade and could have been using it all along for many purposes. 2012 will be a much easier and healthier year for me with this "new", cheap remedy.

Replied by Francisca
(Zug, Switzerland)

Diana, I have no idea how old you are but I am 54 and although I tried to do a bit of exercise once in a while I always ended up not doing it regularly. Then I would have a good session and would have muscle pains for days. But somehow, maybe with the supplements I have been taken for many months, now we are in Zug and I have a lot of time in my hands I go to the gym and the swimming pool/sauna four days a week and guess what.... I am suprised that I never had any pains at all! And I do exercise a lot in the water and at least 90 minutes non-stop in the gym really pushing myself but at the end I feel fresh, no pains, not tired. The down side is that all the exercise hasn't really been helping with my sleep or better... Nowadays I seem to sleep like I am in a coma but only after sunrise, very annoying because I end up having to force myself to wake up and that quite late!

We can't buy Epsom salts here in Europe except in England (at least not in the countries I go to... ) so I buy magnesium chloride (Nigari) and a book I have just read says that actually magnesium chloride is better than magnesium sulphate (Epsom salts). But if it helps you.... that is great! Nigari is not too cheap....

Replied by Diana
(Mesa, Az)

Francisca, I am 56 1/2, so older than you are. I am getting ready to do another stepper workout for about 45 minutes duration. I am sorry you can't get Epsom Salts where you live. I just bought another 10 lbs. Here it is very cheap and quite effective.

Cheers, Diana

General Feedback

Posted by Maria (London, UK) on 01/28/2009

I would be grateful if anyone could help me with my terrible muscle pain which is located on the top side of my body near by breast. When I lay down in bed it is very painful. Can anyone recomend anything to get rid of this terrible pain? many thanks

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn.)
509 posts

Hello Maria, Does this terrible body pain occur when lying in any body position or only when lying in one or two different positions? Either way, you need to know what is causing the pain before you get rid of it, because pain is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong.

Another question that arises is, have you had any surgery close to the area of pain in the past?

The reason I am asking these questions is because of my niece's recent episode. She had surgery on kidney for cancer about a year or more ago and developed an unexplained pain a few weeks after and something protruding from her left rib cage. Her regular doctor and the surgeon kept telling her that she was fine, even after the final MRI and lab work. Her daughter insisted that she was "deteriorating before my eyes and if you don't know what is wrong with her refer her to someone that knows what she is doing". Fortunately she was referred to someone who knew what she was doing. The one she was referred to (along with lab reports & MRI), looked at lab reports and agreed they looked fine. She then put the MRI on the viewer and pointed at the protrusion the other two doctors were calling an insignificant fatty tumor and asked my niece if she knew what that is. My niece's reply was it feels like I've got a boil there but the doctor said it is a fatty tumor. The new doctor told her that it was a piece of her liver protruding, not a fatty tumor. She did surgery to correct the hernia (probably a complication of the previous surgery). My niece is now much happier without the pain and protrusion, now that her liver is back on the right side of her body where it belongs.

Now that you know why I am asking these questions, get yourself to a doctor who can get the tests done to rule out something serious. No one can tell you what is causing this pain without investigating the situation, and you don't want to get rid of the pain that is giving them an idea of what to look for before the cause is found.

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