Restless leg syndrome is condition of the nerves that is very common. However, many people suffering from the condition are too embarrassed to get treated for it and therefore in many cases the condition goes unreported and untreated. Also there are many people who fail to realize that they are suffering from restless leg syndrome.
Restless leg syndrome, as the name suggests, is characterized by movement of the legs. This movement is involuntary. The syndrome is mild in form in most people. However, in severe cases the condition can make life miserable as people do not seem to have control over their bodies, specifically the legs.
The common symptom associated with restless leg syndrome is a tingling sensation. The sensation is experienced mainly in the legs and feet. Another symptom is twitching of the muscles present in the legs. Insomnia is a direct result of restless leg syndrome because sleep becomes impossible with all the convulsions going on in the legs. Many sufferers also go through depression, anxiety, stress and panic.
If you don’t wish to see a doctor for your condition you can try some simple herbal remedies at home. These herbal remedies have been around for centuries and are absolutely safe to use. What’s more, they are quite effective in treating restless leg syndrome.
Chamomile is an herb that is known to have excellent soothing qualities. The herb helps relax the nerves and promotes a feeling of well-being in the body. The herbal tea helps calm the nervous system thus reducing the occurrence of the attacks associated with restless leg syndrome.
Drinking 3-4 cups of chamomile tea everyday will help keep the attacks at bay. It is important to drink a cup of chamomile tea 30 minutes before going to bed at night. This will guarantee a peaceful sleep because the attacks are commonly felt while relaxing. If you are having an attack of the condition, immediately drink warm chamomile tea to deal with the condition better.
Mint tea is a popular herbal tea and is commonly had post-dinner. Mint is excellent for helping in digestion of food. However, like chamomile, mint too has soothing properties that help relax the mind and body. In fact, some people also spray mint in the room as the minty smell helps them sleep better. This is one reason mint tea is an excellent aid for restless leg syndrome.
Drink 2 cups of mint tea every day to reduce the attacks of the syndrome. You can also keep fresh mint leaves (sealed in a plastic bag) under your pillow and mattresses for sleeping better at nights. The fresh smell of mint will help you relax better.
Prepare a warm bath and add 20ml of peppermint oil in it. Relax in this herbal bath for 10-25 minutes. The warmth of water infused with the smell of peppermint will relax your frayed nerves and give you a restful sleep at night. Peppermint comes from the same family of plants as does mint. Therefore, it is as effective in treating restless leg syndrome as is mint.
Peppermint oil bath should be a daily ritual for people suffering from the syndrome. The smell of peppermint acts as a muscle relaxant thus reducing the occurrence of attacks.
Rosemary is an herb that is available in the markets in the form of essential oil. However, you can even find dried rosemary in shops that keep exotic spices. Rosemary herb is popularly used in Italian cooking.
Mix 5ml of rosemary essential oil with 10ml of olive oil or coconut oil. Massage your legs and feet with this oil mixture. Rosemary essential oil acts as a muscle relaxant and the smell of the oil soothes both body and mind. The massage should be done twice a day especially before going to bed at night.
The herb Astragalus membranaceous is a very popular Chinese herb. Traditional Chinese medicine makes use of this herb in almost all medications meant for relaxing of the nerves. The herb promotes feeling of well-being in the mind and thus helps relax the body.
Astragalus membranaceous is available in the form of capsules and tonic in many herbal and ayurvedic stores. Taking 100mg or 75ml of this herb every day will promote well-being in the body. The herb also helps the body absorb iron from the food. Iron is very important for the treatment of restless leg syndrome. In fact, in majority of people suffering from the condition it was found that they were also anemic.
The herb is commonly known as Bucher’s Broom and helps aid circulation of blood in the body. Restless leg syndrome is mainly caused due to poor circulation of blood in the body. The legs and feet do not receive blood properly which leads to the twitching of the muscles in these areas. Taking this herb daily will not only help in proper circulation but also ease the discomfort and pain that accompanies the convulsions of the muscles during an attack.
The common name of the herb is Horse Chestnut. The herb is known to help with proper circulation of the blood to all body parts. A concoction of Aesculus hippocastum is widely used in the treatment of restless leg syndrome as well as Periodic Limb Movement.
The latter too is a condition associated with the functioning of the nervous system.
Taking the herb daily will ensure that you do not experience another attack. The flow of blood is uninterrupted even while you relax or sleep.
Taking bath with organic peppermint soap will help relax the nerves and the smell will promote calmness in the mind. Many people suffering from restless leg syndrome prefer sleeping with the peppermint soap bars under their pillows for a peaceful sleep at night.