A muscle cramp is a strong, painful contraction or tightening of a muscle that comes on suddenly and lasts from a few seconds to several minutes. It often occur just as you are falling asleep or waking up
WHY YOUR LEGS CRAMP UP AT NIGHT?
Most often, leg cramps are no cause for concern and have no medical significance. Dehydration, are potential factors involved in leg cramps.
They can be caused by many conditions, ranging simply from dehydration, flat feet and alcoholism to something much more serious such as kidney disease.
Cramps often result from vigorous exercise, trauma to the muscle, or keeping the leg in an awkward position for too long. Other causes can include medications such as birth control, diuretics and steroids. A lack of potassium or calcium can also be the underlying cause, as well as cold weather
HOME REMEDIES FOR MUSCLE CRAMP
The magnesium in Epsom salt promotes muscle relaxation and healing.
Fill your bathtub with warm water.
Add two cups of epsom salt and stir it thoroughly.
Soak in this bath for 20 minutes.
Usually, taking this bath once will take care of the problem. However, if required you can repeat this remedy the next day.
Note: Epsom salt must not be used by those suffering from heart problems, high blood pressure or diabetes
Mustard contains a fair amount of magnesium, which has been shown to help relieve leg cramps.
Football players and other athletes are sometimes told by their coaches to swallow a few spoons of mustard to fight off leg cramps.
One reason mustard may be effective for this purpose is because it contains acetic acid that promotes production of acetylcholine in the body. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that prompts muscles to work
NUVIA’S CRAMPS REMEDY
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp rosemary
1 tbsp anise seeds
1 tbsp cloves
Directions: Add two cups of water. Let it simmer until there is only half cup left, drink while is still very warm preferably before bedtime
Note: Make sure you drink enough water every day. This helps prevents muscle problems caused by heat exhaustion, intense thirst or heavy sweating.