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Unexpected Leg Cramps Can Be Severe

Author: Evangeline R.
Skill: ZYTO Compass
Date: 03-03-2007
Views: 12,782
Word Count: 284
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 1960-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 6

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My mother has occasional strong leg cramps. They come on unexpectedly and do not go away on their own. She takes plenty of calcium, magnesium, and other supplements which have been known to help with muscle cramps. She is faithful with taking them, but none of these stopped them from coming.

It is one of those things that elderly people often deal with. In the past, the only thing she had found to calm her cramps was something called Quinine Sulfate, which took an excruciating 20 to 30 minutes to work and then gave her side effects.

One day she was in my kitchen when one of these episodes came on, so we grabbed our handy essential oils reference book and looked up "cramps." For muscle cramps there were three oil blends listed. Two had no immediate effect, but using a few drops of the Relieve It oil blend on the leg began to calm the spasm literally within seconds.

Within a minute the cramp was gone. She was absolutely amazed! We applied V-6 Mixing Oil over the Relieve It to trap the essential oils next to the skin, and the cramp did not return.

She now keeps a bottle of Relieve It with her at all times. She has had several more cramps since that day, and Relieve It has calmed it within seconds every time. She is so thrilled to have something natural and side-effect free to use on those debilitating cramps! She says that many older folks struggle with this problem as she does, and that everyone with cramps should know about these oils!

Putting V-6 or some other pure vegetable oil over the Relieve It does seem to help keep the cramp from returning.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: muscle-cramps,muscle-spasm-/-twitch — "Peppermint oil is harmless and acts locally to inhibit GI [gastrointestinal] smooth muscle contraction.... Peppermint oil solution administered intraluminally can be used as an antispasmodic agent with superior efficacy and fewer side effects than hyoscine-N-butylbromide...."Link
2.Associated topics: muscle-spasm-/-twitch — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
3.Associated topics: muscle-spasm-/-twitch — "Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative [flatulence] and immunomodulatory properties of caraway suggest that it might exert beneficial effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).... CHE and CEO [caraway essential oil] at all doses tested were effective in reducing colon tissue lesions and colitis indices and the efficacy was nearly the same when different doses of plant fractions were administered p.o. or i.p..... These data suggest that caraway fractions are both effective and possess anti-colitic activity irrespective of the dose and route of administration."Link
4.Associated topics: muscle-cramps,muscle-spasm-/-twitch,muscles — "[T]he effect of essential oils on skeletal and smooth muscle...: The first type of effect on skeletal muscle involved a contracture and inhibition of the twitch response to nerve stimulation shown by a sample of clary sage, dill, fennel, frankincense, and nutmeg; ...lavender reduced the twitch response alone."Link
5.Associated topics: muscles — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link
6.Associated topics: muscles — "In nine studies, Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) has shown effectiveness for arteriosclerosis, autism, Bells palsy, chemotherapy-induced toxicity, degenerative disc disease, detox, muscle wasting, muscular dystrophy, neuroblastoma, neuroprotection, oxidative stress, and spinal stenosis."Link

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