Cramp Bark Tincture for Muscle Aches, Cramps & Spasms

January 13, 2017

Today’s recipe is an extremely useful home remedy to have in your medicine cabinet. Today we’re talking all about Cramp Bark for muscle aches, cramps and muscle spasms.

 

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Last year, I started a quest to find a natural home remedy for muscle aches and spasms.  Several times a year (and almost always around the time that I till my garden!) I put my back out.  The muscles get all tight and tense, they spasm, and even after a visit to my chiropractor, it takes several days to regain my full mobility.  I was looking for something that would help reduce the pain and relax those tight muscles.

One of the herbs I discovered in my research was cramp bark.  Even the name is fitting for it’s most primary function.

 

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Cramp Bark

Cramp bark is an antispasmodic herb.   It’s primary use is to relieve cramps and other conditions caused by an over-contraction of muscles.

What is interesting about cramp bark is that not only does it relax the muscles in the back, neck and extremities but it is also helpful for menstrual cramps, intestinal cramps, and pain and cramping of the bladder (such as with a bladder infection.) It can even be helpful for arthritis if the pain is caused by muscle contractions.

Cramp bark is one the star players in our cramp bark tincture and it can be used both internally and externally.

Valerian Root

Another herb we’ll be using in our tincture is valerian root.  Probably most well known for it’s sedative qualities, valerian root is a relaxant and can relieve anxiety.  It relaxes over-contracted muscles and relieves tension and muscle spasms. It has a calming effect on the body, something you will most likely feel within minutes of taking the tincture.  Be advised, valerian root may increase the effects of some sedatives.

 

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Chamomile

The final herb in our tincture is chamomile.  Chamomile is certainly a well known herb with so many uses!  Chamomile is a relaxing nervine (it nourishes and strengthens the nervous system) and it relaxes both the mind AND the muscles.  I love that!

Chamomile can decrease pain caused by tense muscles or cramping and is very useful for relieving menstrual cramps and digestive cramping. Chamomile is generally considered safe for everyone; however, some people with sensitivities to the Asteraceae (aster family) may also be sensitive to chamomile.

 

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Cramp Bark Tincture for Muscle Aches, Cramps & Spasms

You’ll need:

Instructions:

  •  Choose an appropriate size jar for the amount of tincture you will be making.  You want to fill your jar 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full of the dried herbs.

  • Fill your clean glass jar 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full of the herbs.

  • Pour enough vodka (or apple cider vinegar or glycerin) over the herbs to completely cover them and fill the jar.  Seal your jar with a tight fitting lid.

  • Let the herbs soak in a warm spot, out of direct sunlight for 4-6 weeks.  Shake your jar often, every day if possible.

  • After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs from the liquid.   Fill a small tincture bottle for daily use and a glass spray bottle (if desired for using as a muscle rub) and pour the remaining tincture in a clean glass jar. Label and date your tincture.  Store in a cool, dark place.

Recipe Notes:

Apple cider vinegar will cause your metal caps to rust.   If using apple cider vinegar in your tincture,  use either a plastic lid or place a piece of plastic wrap between the jar and the metal lid.

 

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Dosage:

A standard dosage is 1 tsp of the tincture mixed with a small amount of water or juice up to 2-3 times a day. (Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine)

The tincture can also be used externally.  If using it as a muscle rub, no need to dilute the tincture.   I find it easier to apply using a spray bottle.

 

Enjoy!

–Jen

 

Looking for more home remedies?   You might find these recipes helpful:

 

How to Make Delicious Licorice Tea (Adaptogen Tea Blend for the Adrenals)

How to Make Sage Honey for Sore Throats & Cough

Healing Herbal Teas for When You are Sick

How to Make Homemade Fire Cider

and more!  

 

Resources:

Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevallier, FNIMH

Rosalee de la Forȇt.  http://www.herbalremediesadvice.org/

 

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Cramp Bark Tincture for Muscle Aches, Cramps & Spasms
Cramp Bark Tincture for Muscle Aches, Cramps & Spasms | Home Remedies | Herbal Remedies | Herbs | DIY Medicine | My Healthy Homemade Life
Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 4-6 weeks
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 4-6 weeks
Servings
varies
Ingredients
Cramp Bark Tincture for Muscle Aches, Cramps & Spasms | Home Remedies | Herbal Remedies | Herbs | DIY Medicine | My Healthy Homemade Life
Instructions
  1. Choose an appropriate size jar for the amount of tincture you will be making. You want to fill your jar 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full of the dried herbs.
  2. Fill your clean glass jar 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full of the herbs.
  3. Pour enough vodka (or apple cider vinegar or glycerin) over the herbs to completely cover them and fill the jar. Seal your jar with a tight fitting lid.
  4. Let the herbs soak in a warm spot, out of direct sunlight for 4-6 weeks. Shake your jar often, every day if possible.
  5. After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs from the liquid. Fill a small tincture bottle for daily use and a glass spray bottle (if desired for using as a muscle rub) and pour the remaining tincture in a clean glass jar. Label and date your tincture. Store in a cool, dark place.
Recipe Notes

Apple cider vinegar will cause your metal caps to rust.   If using apple cider vinegar in your tincture,  use either a plastic lid or place a piece of plastic wrap between the jar and the metal lid.

Recipe by Jennifer Prentice @ www.myhealthyhomemadelife.com.

Complete recipe and instructions can be found at www.myhealthyhomemadelife.com/recipe/cramp-bark-tincture-muscle-aches-cramps/

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply Julienne January 16, 2017 at 7:08 pm This is great! Thanks for sharing. Your pics are gorgeous, BTW. I just love Mountain Rose Herbs!
    • Reply Jen January 16, 2017 at 7:45 pm Thank you, Julienne!
  • Reply aaric January 23, 2017 at 6:48 am very interesting and thanks for sharing
    • Reply Jen January 23, 2017 at 8:19 am I am glad you found it helpful!
  • Reply john peter January 23, 2017 at 8:47 am nice article and best home remedy ever!!!
    • Reply Jen January 23, 2017 at 2:17 pm Thank you, John! I hope you found it helpful.

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