Hot baths are the best for sore muscles. They increase circulation, relax the muscle and promote quick healing by doing so. If you’ve really done yourself in, and need something you can take to work with you or during the day when you can’t soak 24/7, below are a few good herbal alternatives to aspirin or chemical salves.
Kava Kava works great to relax the muscles of the neck and shoulders. Natives on the Islands where it grows also use it to lift their mood. So you can’t go wrong with this herb. It was difficult to find in the stores for a while because the FDA wanted to ban it, but I am now starting to see it at Whole Foods.
Bergamot is the herb used to flavor Earl Grey tea. It also happens to be a good relaxer. It can numb your tongue if it is very fresh and strong.
Valerian is a very stinky herb that has been used for years to treat headaches and relax nerves. If you are experiencing pain, try this herb, however, it tastes like stinky feet, so try mixing it with something or bite the bullet and take it in water and do it like a shot.
Salves: There are some good herbal salves on the market made with arnica, cayenne or menthol for sore muscles when you need something for on the go. They may label the cayenne as capsaicin, but it’s the same thing. Also the menthol may be from eucalyptus.