A leg (muscle) cramp is an involuntarily and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax. Leg cramps can last anywhere from a few seconds to a quarter of an hour or occasionally longer. For some, leg cramps keep them from getting a good night’s sleep. Cramps within legs can be the result of many different things. Some reasons why we can have leg cramps include insufficient minerals (especially magnesium or calcium), tired muscles, overused or overexerted muscles, overstretched muscles, flat feet (without good arch supports), uncomfortable shoes, and dehydration. Most leg cramps can be stopped by stretching the muscle in the leg. When stretching the muscle be sure to not over do it. Stretch the leg muscle reasonably and slowly. Some chiropractors say to keep the muscle stretched for 1 minute for best results.
To prevent leg cramps, be sure to take the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to work at its best level. Be sure to drink enough water and include sufficient minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium in your diet. Doing this will reduce the likelihood of muscle cramps in other areas in the body as well.
There are many simple ways to prevent a leg cramp, but what if you want natural relief in the moment of a leg cramp? There are many essential oils that have great properties that help sooth pain and increase circulation in areas where a leg cramp occurs.
Suggested Oils to Use
To Reduce Muscle Pain: The most helpful oils are Birch, Clove, Marjoram, Oregano, and Peppermint followed by Ginger, Helichrysum, Lavender, Chamomile, Rosemary, Thyme, White Fir, and Wintergreen.
To Increase Blood Circulation: Basil, Cypress, Marjoram, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Lavender
Suggested Ways to use
For general leg cramp relieve, choose an oil that can help reduce pain such as peppermint, mix it with an oil to help blood circulation such as marjoram in a small bowl, then dilute the oils with a lotion or carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil. After you have mixed the oils of your choice, massage the mixture onto the area where the cramp is occurring in a circular motion. Most areas of the skin on the leg are generally not sensitive to many of the oils. But, to be safe, only use a small amount on the leg to start off then wait a minute or two before applying the mixture completely.
The following recipe is an essential oil blend which has been recommended by others:
15 mL Coconut oil or lotion
5 drops Rosemary oil
3 drops Lavender oil
6 drops Marjoram oil
Massage the leg, with the blend, in circular motions starting at the ankle and working your way up, ending with the foot.