Muscle soreness can hit after a workout, a long day at work, or during an illness. While creams and rubs help to an extent, there are other ways to stop the soreness. These home remedies can stop muscle soreness fast, regardless of what caused them.

Heat and cold

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Alternating heat and cold can help stop muscle soreness. A hot shower or heating pad can help loosen tension, while an ice pack can help with inflammation.

Epsom Salts & Magnesium Oil

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Epsom salts in a bath or on a hot towel can help with inflammation and soreness. Soaking in a hot bath with these salts can relax and rejuvenate the body. Magnesium Oil is typically mixed with a carrier oil, such as coconut or jojoba oil, and is sprayed onto your sore areas for a quick fix. Spray this mixture onto your sore muscles before bed, and you will wake up without pain.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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A home remedy miracle worker, Apple Cider Vinegar is a great way to help sore muscles – as well as preventing them. Drink one tablespoon in a glass of water before a workout, and you can keep muscle soreness at bay. You can drink the same mixture if you have muscle soreness before bedtime, and the next morning you will be pain-free.

Essential Oils

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Essential oils are great for many things, from mental clarity, to anxiety, and even muscle soreness. Many companies have their own blends; many containing Roman Chamomile, basil, and peppermint. These three are the top three essential oils for muscle spasms and pulls. Some oils need to be mixed with carrier oils (like with Magnesium Oil;see above), so be sure to read the label before applying directly onto your skin.

Move!

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A great (and free) remedy for muscle soreness is movement. While you don’t have to break out your Zumba DVD’s, a small amount of movement can help loosen a sore muscle. Small, careful stretches can help immensely when muscle soreness hits out of nowhere.

Rest

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Likewise, if you have been moving¬†too¬†much rest is a good way to get your muscles back into shape. You don’t have to totally stop moving, but “Netflix and Chill” is perfect for time like this.