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TOP Natural Relief for Night Leg Cramps and Charlie Horses!
Dead Sea Bath Salts: A Surpsising Natural Solution for Leg Cramps During Pregnancy
Laura Thomas, owner of Castle Baths, developed her spa and bath line ALL because of her very own traumatic charlie horses she received during her own pregnancy. After consulting with her doctor, who recommended she try soaking in a warm bath filled with Dead Sea Bath Salts, she decided to take his advice.
"It is because of my own struggles with leg cramps during pregnancy that I looked into the power of the Dead Sea Salts," CB Owner Laura Thomas said. "The results I received made a believer out of me. My own doctor even verified that Dead Sea Salts have medically proven results and are an excellent treatment!"
Today Laura is in her early fifties and still uses these same methods, because today she gets muscle spams due to her MS (Multiple Sclerosis) "Nothing beats or offers relief, as a good soak in the tub with lavender Dead Sea Salts," shares Laura.
Why are Dead Sea Bath Salts More Effective than Other Bath Salts?
Dead Sea Salts are non-drying, unlike other bath salts such as Epsom salt. Dead Sea Salts are a natural source of Magnesium, Potassium (as found in bananas, often recommended to those suffering from leg cramps), Bromide and more than 15 other naturally occurring unprocessed minerals!
If you do decide to try Dead Sea Bath Salts for your leg cramps, BEWARE OF IMITATORS! Many companies use the name and claim to contain Dead Sea Salts but, do not! Castle Baths only uses the finest ingredients and only pure, authentic Dead Sea Salts in their products!
What Aromatherapy Scent is Best When Using Dead Sea Salts for Leg Cramps?
Dead Sea Bath Salts with Lavender - medically preferred to help relieve those leg aches. Based on research from NIH, we use therapeutic high-altitude Lavender from the mountains in France in our Sweet Communion line. The Sweet Communion aromatherapy blend is designed and measured into the bath salts and bath teas to address the leg cramp at the highest known level of any bath or spa product we know of in the market today. It is also non-drying to the skin and is natural- no drugs and no chemicals.
If you are not a Lavender fan, try our Sweet Dreams and or Passion Collection, both of which are made with the same high-altitude lavender from France, and contain other essential oils to dilute the intensity of the lavender aroma. Sweet Dreams has a pleasing vanilla scent, while Passion has a musky Sandalwood aroma. All of the massage oils, bath salts, and hand and body lotions are made with purpose in mind. Another great note about ALL OF the Castle Baths hand and body lotions is that they contain 20% Shea Butter, which is GREAT for helping to keep stretch marks at bay. Doing all you can to avoid them in the first place is always better than simply decreasing their visibility after the fact.
Did you know? Proof is in the pudding.
"Dale, A., Cornwell, S. (1994). The role of lavender oil in relieving perineal discomfort following childbirth: A blind randomized clinical trial. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 19:89-96.
The single-blind clinical trial randomized 635 mothers into three groups using pure lavender oil, a synthetic lavender oil, and an inert substance as a bath additive respectively for 10 days following normal childbirth. The analysis results of daily discomfort scores showed no statistically significant difference between groups. However, women using pure lavender oil as a bath additive had lower mean discomfort scores between the 3rd and 5th days, when the mother usually experienced the highest discomfort."
Top Tips for Keeping Leg Cramps at Bay:
Avoid standing or sitting with your legs crossed for long periods of time.
Stretch your calf muscles regularly during the day and several times before you go to bed.
Before bed, Soak in Herbal Bath Tea, which is rich with the minerals your muscles crave during pregnancy
Rotate your ankles and wiggle your toes when you sit, eat, or watch television.
Take a small short walk every day, unless your midwife or doctor has advised you not to exercise.
Avoid getting too tired. Lie down on your left side to improve circulation in your legs and help reduce the pressure off your heart.
Stay well-hydrated by drinking lots of water regularly.
Try a warm bath before bed to relax your muscles. Don't forget to add the Dead Sea Salts.
Eat more potassium-rich foods such as bananas.
What to do if you do develop a leg cramp:
If you do get a cramp, immediately stretch your calf muscles. Straighten your leg, heel first, and gently flex your toes back toward your shins. It might hurt at first, but it will ease the spasm and the pain will gradually go away. You can relax the cramp by massaging the muscle or warming it with a hot-water bottle. Walking around for a few minutes may help, too.
Top tips to AVOID FUTURE leg cramps and Charlie Horses during Pregnancy!
- Make certain all of your mineral levels are in balance. Ask your doctor to check magnesium, potassium and calcium levels, along with your vitamin D.
- Ask your doctor if you need to increase your B family of vitamins and/or zinc levels.
- Massage your legs (calf's) immediately after being on your feet for any long length of time. Using a mineral foot cream or massage oil can assist in helping future attacks tremendously. If you've been walking on concrete floors, this too may be a reason for your leg cramps.
- Soak before retiring for the evening in a mineral-rich herbal bath tea such as the Castle Baths lavender bath tea, known as Sweet Communion. The Sweet Communion aromatherapy blend was created for owner Laura Thomas' personal leg cramp relief.
- And we can't recommend enough the perfect use of NIH studies, "Lavender" Dead Sea bath salt soak each evening before bed. We actually feel combining the dead sea salt soak with the herbal bath tea is the perfect solution to help decrease charlie horses and offer great relief! Not only will you be helping to increase the beneficial circulation, but also in feeding the skin (which happens to be the largest organ of your body) Therefore, you are absorbing exactly what your muscles desire, right into your muscles.
***Always take the appearance of leg cramps seriously, as in some cases the pain could actually be caused by a blood clot. Blood clots require immediate medical care. Blood clots are more common during pregnancy. The symptoms to watch for are constant pain and swelling. Leg cramps tend to come and go and they are not accompanied by swelling.
What if the leg pain persists?
If your muscle pain is constant and not just an occasional cramp, or if you notice swelling or tenderness in your leg, call your doctor. In rare cases, you may have developed a blood clot, which requires immediate medical attention.
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