Everyone Should Know About These 10 Muscle Relaxers

There is mounting documented evidence that polyphenols in fruits, vegetables, and teas, etc. play an important role in reducing inflammation.

Research is being carried out to determine the efficacy of natural muscle relaxers. These natural compounds can be used as complementary medicine and have minimal side effects on the human body.


1. Saffron

Saffron is a well-known ancient herb for its distinctive natural dye and floral fragrance. Apart from its extensive usage in the culinary world, saffron was also used in traditional Iranian medicine for many years.

There is extensive ongoing research about the anti-inflammatory properties of the herb. Studies showed that the flavonoids, tannins, and anthocyanins present in saffron have antinociceptive effects against pain.

A study published on sports medicine revealed that oral supplementation of the saffron capsule with a dose of 300 mg/day 7 days before and 3 days after eccentric exercise helped prevent muscle soreness in healthy male university students.

Saffron can be used as a muscle relaxer is through oral supplements, application of saffron oil, or having saffron tea. Saffron causes uterine stimulation hence needs to be avoided by pregnant women.

2. Cinnamon

A chemical compound cinnamic aldehyde present in cinnamon is responsible for its characteristic flavor and fragrance and also inhibits the biomarkers related to inflammation. Cinnamon from Sri Lanka ranks high as a potent anti-inflammatory agent in a list of 115 foods tested.

Although cinnamon is available in capsule form (1000 mg), the intake of cinnamon water or cinnamon tea can also help relieve muscle spasms and enhance mood. Using cinnamon essential oil for aromatherapy helps to relieve tension in the muscles.

3. Black Tea

Theaflavins are the antioxidant polyphenols found in black tea extract, are known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Black tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for its ability to warm the muscles.

According to a study, consuming theaflavin-enriched black tea extract helped participants improve their recovery after bouts of high-intensity anaerobic exercise.

Black tea extract pills are also available, but using black tea tincture and having traditional black tea without milk and sugar helps to reduce delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

4. Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate juice is a natural muscle relaxer that contains anthocyanins, flavonoids, and ellagic acid that are responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Chamomile

Chamomile tea is made by steeping chamomile flowers. It is considered a traditional remedy for muscle spasms, back pain, and rheumatic pain.

Chamomile, have antispasmodic properties; however, some people may have an allergic reaction to chamomile.

6. Watermelon Juice

L-citrulline, a naturally occurring amino acid present in watermelon juice, helps in relieving post-exercise muscle soreness. Some studies also revealed that watermelon juice helped reduce muscle soreness and recovery heart rate in athletes.

7. Omega-3 EFAs

According to a study, omega-3 EFA fish oil supplements are a safer alternative to NSAIDs to treat nonsurgical acute and chronic neck or back pain.

A study showed that 1200 mg of omega-3 EFAs per day, when taken consistently, had an equivalent effect of ibuprofen in reducing arthritic pain.

8. Boswellia

Boswellia serrata is an ancient and most valued herb in Ayurveda. It is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

It is believed to treat chronic inflammatory illnesses as well as several other health conditions such as sciatic pain, knee joint pain, etc.

9. Capsaicin (Chili Pepper)

Capsaicin is a naturally occurring alkaloid present in plants of the Capsicum genus. It has an anesthetic effect and is a potent muscle relaxant. Over-the-counter capsaicin creams can be used to treat sciatica and back pain.

​​​​​10. RICE Treatment

RICE is Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE) treatment. It is the traditional way to treat musculoskeletal pain.

In the case of a muscle spasm, it is advisable first to rest and protect the injured area and avoid any jerky movements.

Applying an ice pack for about 10-20 minutes 3 times a day helps to naturally relax the muscles and reduce swelling.

Elevating the affected area above the heart level helps to minimize swelling.


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