Most of us have experienced muscle sprain sometime or other in our lives. The accidental and sudden twisting of the ankle, knee or elbow creates intolerable pain that lasts for days. However, there are a number of home remedies that could reduce the debilitating pain and cure the sprain quickly.
Here are some popular home remedies that could be tried for treating muscle sprains.
Applying ice on the affected is the most popular and effective method for curing sprains. Apply an ice pack on the sprain for a long time to get the best results.
Similar to cold treatments, heat treatments could be effective to treat muscle sprains. Prepare a hot solution by dissolving one cup of Epsom salt in one gallon of water. Carefully lower the affected area in this hot solution. Make sure that the temperature of the solution is tolerable. Soak the affected area in the hot bath for several minutes to help reduce the pain.
Instead of Epsom salt, you could add a few drops of lavender oil in warm water and soak the sprained area in this solution. You could soak the outer leaves of cabbage in hot water and wrap the affected area with the leaves. After 10 to 15 minutes take off the leaves and you will find the pain significantly reduced.
Other traditional remedies
Besides the cold and hot compresses, there are a number of other home remedies that are believed to produce relief from the pain. Lightly massaging the area with a mixture of garlic oil and almond oil could reduce the pain.
Bandaging the sprain area with chopped onions could cure the pain. For better result, add a few drops of honey to the chopped onions.
You could prepare a pain reducing balm at home with sunflower oil. You could add a teaspoon of camphor oil to a cupful of sunflower oil and gently massage the affected muscle to reduce the pain. To two tablespoons of sunflower oil, add one tablespoon of turpentine oil to make good pain relief balm.