Muscle Care

These cures are tried and tested.  I have used them for years and will always have them on hand. I am super active and have a family of soccer loving fanatics.  We have gone the rounds with pulls, strains, sprains and sore and achy muscles. These products have helped us repair. They all do something a little different so I'll walk you through the benefits of each of these beauties.

 

DMSO GEL

Get it at the health food sore or the link below at Amazon. 

This little jar will last you a very long time. depending on your injuries and the amount of people using it, it can last for 1 to 2 years. Just a note; I prefer the gel over the roll on. Much better!

The way it works: 

It reduces inflammation in the muscle & it increases blood flow to the area you apply it. Both of these things allow healing to happen faster.  It also rids the area of free radicals.

  • Free radicals are electrons that are not attached to a proton or a neutron in the body. They travel through the body and disrupt the normal functions of protons and neutrons that already have electrons. This is why health advice recommends eating antioxidants, like blueberries. Antioxidants help rid your body of free radicals, keeping the body balanced with the amount of electrons that we have. Free radicals are the cause of lots of things that go awry in the body including injury and inflammation.

DMSO also aids in absorption. So whatever you put on your skin after the DMSO is like a straight shot into the area.  This is important to know so that you can choose wisely what you put on your skin after applying DMSO OR to even think about what might already be on your skin before you apply it. The deep blue product from DoTerra also comes in an oil.  You could apply this right after the DMSO for immediate absorption.

DMSO has many other uses. For now we will just focus on sore or strained muscles.

DEEP BLUE

Get it from doTERRA or the Amazon link below.

This is a cream, a little goes a long way. My friend Angie refers to this stuff as "pure gold."

The way it works:

Deep Blue is a muscle relief cream. It creates a sensation on the skin called a counterirritant. This creates a hot or cold sensation that overpowers the pain. In Deep Blues' case it is cooling. It does smell like menthol but the smell quickly fades as it dries and soaks into the skin.  It soothes and relaxes muscles and helps relieve aches in the joints. I used this ALL THE TIME after a car accident that I had. The muscles in my back and neck were injured so badly that I often described them as being, "on fire." This, along with frequent icing helped me function, getting through the day and sleeping at night.

VETERINARY LINIMENT

Get this from your local country store such as IFA or from the Amazon link below. 

My family affectionitly refers to this analgesic gel as, "the horse stuff."  A little also goes a long way with this gel. My friend Jodi who is a massage therapist introduced me to this one. Her boys all carry a mini version in their soccer backpacks. It is such a great thing to have on hand on the field, or court, or whatever it is that you play on! It is made for horses but safe for use on humans.

The way it works:

This gel is similar to Deep Blue only it's half the price. It feels cool and soothing, helping to relieve pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. It smells like spearmint and the scent also fades as it dries. The difference between this and Deep Blue is that the horse stuff is stronger. It goes deeper into the muscle and lasts longer. When I used this for the first time I was at a soccer game, as a spectator. My thighs were screaming at me from a workout and I had been using Deep Blue on them.  My friend Jodi put some horse stuff in my hand and I went in the bathroom and rubbed it in. I experienced relief that I was not getting with the Deep Blue. I still use the Deep Blue for light relief, (it can also be used for headaches.) I like the way Deep Blue goes on better but when I want real relief I reach for the horse stuff.

EPSOM SALT

Get this from any drugstore or from the Amazon link below.

Epsom salt is available almost anywhere you shop. You can buy any kind. Some are scented and are a treat that way if you like to take scented baths. Some have claims, like this one that it helps detoxify and energize, I'm not so sure about that. For the purpose of taking an epsom salt bath any epsom salt will do.

The way it works:

The way this works is actually debatable!  I am going to give you the science and my thoughts. So epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, which can be taken orally. When taken orally it helps as a laxative, keeps blood pressure normal, produces energy and helps in detoxification -- just a few claims of what magnesium can do.

So the big debate comes over the question, is it actually raising your magnesium levels when our skin is exposed to it? OR can we only receive the benefits if taken orally? In other words can we absorb it in a bath and receive the benefits? Science argues that the salt is not something that is easily passable through skin. Others argue that they and their clients have seen tremendous benefits with soaking in a bath of epsom salt. Scientific findings vs age old remedy.

For me, I support the latter. I am also fully aware of placebo and the potential for it, and honestly, I'm ok with that. Soaking in a hot bath is going to feel relaxing and calming regardless if epsom salt is in your bath or not.  The salt makes me feel better, so I use it. I also believe that our skin is responsible for absorbing many things in our environment. I wish we could predict what passes and what doesn't but it just makes sense to me that we are constantly absorbing, yes some things more than others BUT just because science hasn't published proof doesn't mean that it won't in the future. Go with your gut on this one!

So which remedy do I use??

If you are dealing with sore muscles, I would take a hot bath. Then, depending on the severity of your soreness I would use Deep Blue or Veterinary Liniment. 

If you are dealing with an injury stay away from the heat and ice it! Alternate between icing, DMSO and Veterinary Liniment. Also see this post on bioelectric stimulus at home. It can also help  you recover from injuries! Hoping you feel better soon!