Restless Leg Syndrome
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Home Remedies for Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

A Bar of Soap  

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Posted by Cynthia (Jacksonville, Alabama, Usa) on 03/24/2010
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Well, I've tried taking just about every nutrient listed to varying degrees of success. The ivory soap bar seems to be the easiest and works the best. I tried putting it in socks, which worked well, but my feet ended up getting too hot and I had to pull them off with little crumbles of soap going everywhere. I tried a bar of soap still in it's pkg and found, rather than letting it kick around randomly in the bed, if I just held onto it it worked fine. I wake up, and I'm still holding onto the bar of soap. It's like a security blanket or something. It really does work. It's verrrry weird, makes little sense and whoever thought of it is a genius. How it works, I can not understand, but it does. Thank God for home remedies. If you havn't tried it, please do, it's strange but works for me. Thanks to everyone on this site for your help~ Namaste

Posted by Blanche (New Iberia, La.) on 03/24/2010
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Yep. I felt a little foolish doing this, but it does indeed work for RLS. I happened to use an old bar of Lifebuoy soap, and it is firm enough to have lasted for at least three years. Every now and then I use it for handwashing or something and it seems to revive the smell of it, which I happen to like.

Replied by Alain
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

An explanation to the soap bar use for the restless leg syndrome.

1st a soap is alkaline. It has to be to remove oil and grease as they are acids (as in fatty acids!).

For instance check
where it says "The Ivory soap bar (classic) had contained: sodium tallowate, sodium cocoate or sodium palm kernelate, water, sodium chloride, sodium silicate, magnesium sulfate, and fragrance.[7] The soap bar had a determined pH value: 9.5. "

Surprise, its pH is 9.5 i.e. alkaline. Also notice it has magnesium sulfate i.e. Epsom salts.

Now from
you can read
"Magnesium for RLS

If the massive amounts of body magnesium are low, you can have restless legs, cramps of the uterus and other muscles, migraines, and other problems. It is an essential mineral critical in 300 enzyme reactions in the body.

Calcium, magnesium, and potassium all have an effect on muscle contraction and relaxation. In addition, they help nerve transmission. Experts say that you can help calm your legs and get some rest by making sure that you're getting enough of all three minerals. Taking a daily dose of between 800 and 1,000 milligrams of calcium, 300 milligrams of potassium, and 500 milligrams of magnesium at bedtime may help reduce RLS symptoms.

Magnesium is important for muscles to be able to relax, while calcium helps them contract. Too little magnesium in relation to calcium (or low levels of both) can make muscles cramp more easily and may make some muscles, like the smooth muscles that wrap around big blood vessels, stay somewhat contracted.

Magnesium deficiency can make muscles go into spasms easily. When you're short on magnesium, the waste products of metabolism, such as lactic acid, are harder to flush out, so you may get tired, burning, sore muscles."

Now check
and see how many post refers to minerals, magnesium, blackstrap molasses.

So definitely, RLS is related with mineral deficiency. Therefore I would suggest people with RLS to consider alkalizing protocols that would include multi-mineral like BSM ...

Search about how to take magnesium. One way is externally with Epsom Salt baths. Or take a pinch of ES with a heavy meal or with a glass of water. Magnesium will help the liver and kidneys in the digestion of proteins. I am now taking about a total of between 1/2 and 1 teaspoon a day of ES with my water through the day with beverages. But one must start slowly first. I need less ES in the summer when a eat a lot of fresh veggies.

For lengthy and technical articles on minerals you can read the following:

This, , for a very lengthy article on Calcium/Magnesium/Vitamin D.

For muscle spasms

And this, , for iron and manganese.

For good natural sources of numerous minerals you can take BSM and cold water kelp.


Posted by Sal (Fresno, Ca, 93726) on 01/04/2010
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Yes. A bar of ivory soap also worked for my RLS. You would have to put a new one every now and then.

Posted by Stephanie (Racine, WI) on 07/29/2009
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I have used the bar under the sheets as well. I think it is a life saver!!! another trick, if you wear socks to bed at night; you can also use a sliver of soap in each sock. I do this too, when my husband complains about the bar of soap in the bed.

Posted by Donna (Brattleboro, VT) on 04/27/2009
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Good Morning, I would just like to mention that I moderate 3 online supprt groups for RLS and sleep disorders. I do have SOME members (under a dozen) who swear by the soap thing. I think almost all of us have tried it at one point or another when we were desperate. Out of 1500 members, I would say that soap may work for 6 of them. I am not putting it down, but most of us need more than soap to keep the RLS at bay, and our sleep partners from getting kicked, if you have PLMD. It is most certainly a trial and error thing, treating RLS, and we just have to keep plugging away.

Posted by Rita (Plano, TX) on 03/19/2009
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I had never heard about putting the bar of soap at your feet but I have put soap on a wet paper towel and rubbed it on my legs at work. It works wonderful. I am so glad someone told me about it. It's awful when you are trying to work or sleep and can't because of RLS.

Posted by Jack (Hendersonville, NC USA) on 01/11/2009
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Took a drug every night at bedtime to ease RLS so I could get some rest. Discovered that the drug would become ineffective after 24 months and then there was no help. Desparation began to mount.

At dinner one night a friend told me about the bar of soap. He was very sheepish because he thought I would laugh. When I didn't, his wife presented me with a bar of Ivory Soap. Used it that night and threw away the drugs. That was 4 months ago. Since then, no drugs, no RLS, and lots of sleep.

I use Ivory Soap unwrapped between the sheets somewhere between the waist and knees. There may be variations that also work but I am not broke so I will not fix it.

Posted by Sammie (Ventura, Ca) on 12/09/2008
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I have restless legs that intesify after a workout. I've tried the bar of soap remedy, and it does not work for me at all.

Posted by Rich (Orlando, Florida) on 01/13/2008
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A simple bar of regular Bath Soap placed under your bedsheets below your feet works amazing well to get rid of "Restless Legs"! It doesn't really seem to matter what type of soap is used, and you can even leave the soap in its wrapper. I'm not sure why this works, but I'm sure it has to do with the "outgassing" of the soap chemicals, which you can smell. Or it may have to do with the Molecular structure of soap, and the energy those molecules put off and how they influence your muscles. Either way, it works! I have read about this several times in "natural health" articles and have had many people use this. They think it sounds crazy, but they are happy either way with the results. We have found no negative side-effects with doing this. Try it yourself and stop your Restless Legs in your bed at night!

Replied by SoapOpera
Raleigh, NC
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RLS --I vote "Yea" to Soap and Yea to Calcium Magnesium tablets. Don't know why the soap at your feet works, but, it does. Immediately. CM tablets also work--when I remember to take them!

Alkaline Diet  

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Posted by Nath (Paris (france)) on 05/05/2014
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An alkaline diet for RLS works like magic. I have it for more than 29 years. Every day. Legs and arms sometimes. After several years of Ropinirole I am now on Pramipexol. I already gave up chocolat, cafe, tea, sugar, industrial food, alcool, etc. This avoids very big crisis but does not more.

A week ago I tried the alkaline diet (allowing fish or chicken or eggs at lunch but mixed with lots of alkaline ingredients and 90% alkaline for diner). The first day I tried, I coudn't believe myself. No more pain, no more syndrome. I encourage anyone to try!

Posted by Susan (Westlake Village) on 08/26/2013
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I've just been experimenting with the Alkaline Diet and I was surprised to see many alkaline substances on your home remedies list for restless leg. I do believe topical applications can affect the body, but was surprised to see the alkaline soap and baking soda paste. Can you add an alkaline diet option? It's made a huge difference in my rls and I'm really looking forward to getting off ropinerole for good :)

Aloe Vera  

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Posted by Joe (Southern California, US) on 08/26/2014
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Suffered with Restless Leg Syndrome from the age of 25-35. Then tried Nature's Way- Silent Night. Worked for a few years. Then onto IRON CARBONITE. Once that stopped working, I was really stuck.

Then I heard of the soap on this site. Soap worked for me, for several years. It was amazing. But then, little by little the restlessness came back.

Recently, just out of the blue, I decided to rub ALOA VERA from the bottle on my calves just before I go to sleep. I would say a teaspoon and a half covers both calves.

I do feel the sensation initially, but the RLS is much duller than is typical. Then, the sensation just fades completely away.

I am hoping between the Aloe and the soap I will have beaten this thing.

Antioxidants, NMDA Antagonist, Diet  

Posted by Prioris (Fl, Usa) on 03/16/2016

Please treat RLS as a serious warning sign. People should know that it leads to earlier death.

There is a website called which lays out the larger picture for RLS. Everyone with RLS should read it.

I have for many years used magnesium glycinate but as I was getting older, it was getting worse and worse and I was feeling it as a more deathly omen.

For many people with RLS, curing the problem involves multiple areas

Controlling Inflammation. You use supplements like Curcumin BCM-95, Grapeseed extract, Astaxanthin, Pterostilbene.

Controlling Excitotoxicity. You use NMDA antagonists Taurine, Magtein. I stopped using PharmaGABA and L-Theanine since it may negate the protective effects of taurine. I take the (1500mg) taurine on empty stomach upon rising and going to bed. I take one capsule Magtein 20 minutes after the taurine to minimize any possible interaction with taurine. Not everyone with RLS has this problem but it is a relatively common problem among RLS sufferers.

Diet: I eat glutamate foods in moderation or smaller servings and a relatively healthy diet.

This was also an underlying problem for my occipital neuralgia and Atypical trigeminal (facial) pain.

Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by Dana (Alaska) on 03/25/2017
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Restless Legs...

If I can feel the restlessness creeping into my legs as the evening moves on, I'll take a spoonful of ACV in water. (Of course then I have to rinse my teeth off... too much acid.) But another thing that is helpful is HEAT, in the form of a hot water bottle between my legs. This is usually enough to keep me comfortable so that I can sleep without having to get out of bed and go get the vinegar. It must be because it relaxes my muscles. I've heard other people have success with sea salt, but I haven't found it makes a difference for me, and I already get plenty of sea salt/ Himalayan salt in my diet...

Posted by Cindy J (Thurgoona, Nsw Australia) on 02/06/2013
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Better But With Side Effects

I found Apple Cider Vinegar for Restless Legs does work really well for me. The pain is minimal. However I have inherited a weak bladder from my father so when I have the ACV before bed, I spend the next 3 hours going to the toilet at least 5-6 times before I got to sleep and 3 times during night. ACV gets rid of toxins and my urine is now clear. So I am still having trouble sleeping, and my sleep patterns are totally messed up. I tried the soap on its own - pain all night. If I rub ACV on my legs, I am concerned about absorbtion into the body and it may still make me got to the toilet endlessly. Can I have ACV in the middle of the day and have the same effect of constant urination at night? Will it stop the pain at night if I have ACV during the day? I am wondering if Baking Soda will make me urinate alot as well.

Replied by Laurie
Thonotosassa, Florida

I writing to you about the apple cider vinegar. I read on a web site about a women who was doing the Apple Cider Vinegar thing and it messed her up. Her kidneys failed and other problems. So if I was you I would check into it more before continuing, but thats my opinion. I thought I would pass it on to you.

Replied by Steve
Chicago, IL
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Apple cider vinegar is working for me as I type this. The pain/throbbing sensation (I get it mostly in my left arm, feet and ankles, and lower legs) has gone away immediately where I applied it topically. I applied it on my whole left arm, and I mean really got it nice and saturated, and it helped immediately and is still working as I typed this. I believe it is really working and not just a placebo effect because the throbbing, tingling pain sensation went to a part of my left hand where I didn't apply any.

Also, I did take an aleve, but I noticed the effect from the apple cider vinegar more, after giving the aleve plenty of time to kick in. I also just made a magnesium drink with about 200% of the RDA, and I will drink it just in case, but still, so far, no need after the apple cider vinegar. I would just as well like to "over-cure" rather leave it all up to the ACV. I will also apply the magnesium drink topically, at least a little, to get it absorbed straight to the problem area through the skin. Hope this helps. And if it doesn't, don't be a sociopath and write outrageous comments about how we are all evil for attempting to help ourselves and others. Thanks!

Replied by Charity
Faithville , Us

That is interesting how you noted that your pain travelled to an area that had not been tingling prior to adding the treatment to the affected tingling area that was helped. I am reading a book that describes how the subconscious mind creates symptoms to distract us from emotions it deems we cannot cope with and as we get one pain under control it creates another. 20/20 segment of a success

Replied by Oscar
Syracuse, New York

Arthur Janov discusses all this in his many books and online at his blog. Yes, for ALL these chronic conditions the cause is unresolved feelings. People end up treating a never ending string of symptoms.

Janov does offer a true cure. He calls it: PRIMAL THERAPY. Check out Janov`s website if interested....Oscar

Replied by Timh

Thanks for the tip Oscar, and it is good to hear from you again as I have been wondering how you'r doing lately.

I'll second the observations and studies proving the psychological element of many diseases. From old school, classical thinking, or particularly eastern religions, detachment is regarded as essential in a healthy mind. Without the power of detachment many people internalize pain or painful events which get tucked away in the unconscious and manifest as unresolved issues, hang-ups, phobias, etc.

When I was a child, my family was on vacation at Pine Mnt in eastern Ky. One afternoon a was tailing a group of other kids hiking down the mnt, when suddenly I was swarmed by yellowjacket bees. I totally "freaked out" and ran back up the mnt with my (fortunately long sleeve sweater) covered in bees and sustaining several stings but fortunately not too many to make it an emergency situation. I even had a minor out-of-body experience (OBE) as I forwarded or leaped up the mnt in time or "out-of-time" in non-linear event. I didn't understand what happened exactly and looking back on it months or yrs latter seemed like a surreal event.

Anyway, someone helped me out of the infested shirt and I returned to my family and got stable in an hr or so. But that event stayed with me for several yrs and resurfaced (flashback) every time I heard & saw a "buzzing bee" (panic attack). Given enough positive or virtuous elements in my upbringing, and with a little personal effort, I overcame that traumatic event in my early teens.

Replied by Prioris
Fl, US

There is the d-limonene supplement. d-Limonene is the major component of the oil extracted from citrus rind. It supposedly removes toxins from the body.

Replied by Linda
Atlanta, Ga
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Last Night was HORRIBLE!! I read your post and applied unfiltered apple cider vinegar to my legs and in about 5 minutes, I went to sleep. Thank you so much for having the love to share❤️❤️