| Randall Agee
Leg cramps can accompany dehydration, overtired muscles, obesity, and pregnancy; some are caused by low calcium intake. Minor leg cramps respond well to stretching, exercise, and treatment with essential oils as well as an iron-rich diet to prevent anemia. Leg cramps that don't go away or are accompanied by swelling and a general inability to walk properly need to be addressed by a physician.
Anti-Cramping Massage Oil:
MAKES 8 TREATMENTS
Marjoram, rosemary, hyssop. and lavender essential oils come together in this treatment, preventing the muscle spasms that lead to leg cramps, particularly at night. Make sure your muscles are warm before applying this treatment.
- 4 Ounces Carrier Oil
- 40 Drops Marjoram Essential Oil
- 40 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
- 20 Drops Hyssop Essential Oil
- 20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
- In a dark colored glass bottle, add the carrier oil along with the marjoram, rosemary, hyssop, and lavender essential oils and hake well to blend.
- Using your fingers apply ½ tablespoon of the blend to each leg before bed, and massage it in and upward direction.
- Massage your feet last, then put on socks to keep your feet warm.
- Repeat this treatment once a day at bedtime for at least 2 weeks.
Geranium-Evening Primrose Rub:
MAKES 1 TREATMENT
Geranium and evening primrose oil have antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that make them ideal for stopping cramps in progress. Use rose geranium essential oil if you have no geranium essential oil on hand.
- 1 Teaspoon Evening Primrose Essential Oil
- 4 Drops Geranium Essential Oil
- Using your fingertips, apply the evening primrose essential oil to the affected are, followed by the geranium essential oil.
- Massage vigorously until the cramping stops
- Repeat this treatment up to 3 times a day as needed.