9 Natural Muscle Relaxers

Working at a computer all day can harm your neck, shoulder, and back muscles.  Try treating aching muscles with these natural muscle relaxers.
9 Natural Muscle Relaxers
Maricela Jiménez López

Reviewed and approved by the doctor Maricela Jiménez López.

Last update: 09 October, 2022

The obligations, stress, and sedentary jobs of modern life lead to myriad health problems. Sitting down in front of a computer all day can especially harm your neck, shoulder, and back muscles.  If you want to avoid medical treatments, try using plants that act as natural muscle relaxers.

Extreme Muscle Pain

These days, muscle pain seems to be an inevitable part of life in the city. There is a long list of problems that come from spending 8 or more hours in an office every day. Lack of sun, poor diet, bad posture, stress, etc. Put those together, and it’s almost impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Unsurprisingly, this lifestyle leads to muscle spasms and pains.

Neck or back pain, which makes it difficult to even move your head side-to-side, is common. You might feel achy in your back, lower back, or hips. Or maybe you just feel like your whole body hurts.

You can get massages, use hot pads, or get a more comfortable chair to treat your pain. Nevertheless, your muscles will take a while to “go back to normal” because of everyday wear and tear. Adding natural herbs and muscle relaxers to your treatment plan can help you get rid of pain for good.

To find out more, click here: Simple Exercises for Back Pain

woman rubbing her neck

Find relief with natural remedies

Most of these plants can be prepared in hot water to make an infusion. Not only will they relax your muscles, but they have a calming effect on the brain, stomach, and organs. You will be able to rest better and leave the pain behind.

Fortunately, there are many natural remedies to help your bothersome muscle pain. The advantage of using natural remedies is that they don’t have many side effects. That may make them much safer than medications.

The downside is that they might not work as quickly as prescription or over-the-counter meds. That being said, medicinal herbs are a great choice if you want a long-term solution to muscle pain.

Remember to eat a balanced diet to keep your muscles healthy. Healthy and nourished muscles are less likely to spasm and become tense.  Some experts recommend taking 1500 mg of calcium, 1500 mg of magnesium, 99 mg of potassium, and 3000 mg of vitamin C every day. As always, talk to your doctor about any supplements you plan on taking.

bath with natural muscle relaxers

The Best Natural Muscle Relaxers


You are probably familiar with the culinary uses of rosemary, but it also has many medicinal uses as well. Use it to relieve menstrual cramps or muscle spasms by adding a bit of rosemary oil to your bath. You can also massage your joints with rosemary oil. Hot compresses with rosemary on painful areas can also reduce symptoms of arthritis.


This plant has been used for hundreds of years to relieve neck tension. It is also a natural sedative, perfect for those suffering from anxiety and insomnia. You can make a valerian tea or infusion. Some people prefer valerian capsules instead of tea because it has a strong smell.



This is probably one of the most well-known natural remedies. It is used to treat muscle pain, menstrual problems, tension headaches, anxiety, stress, nerves, etc. It will relax your tense muscles and its anti-inflammatory properties can provide relief from cramps.


This plant is indigenous to Europe and belongs to the family of mint that grows in North America and Asia. It is used as a natural sedative and also a muscle relaxer. Catnip helps to reduce swelling in joints. It can also relieve tension headaches and help heal soft tissue injuries.

Cayenne pepper 

Most often seen in the kitchen, cayenne is effective for relieving and treating pain caused by muscle cramps.

cayenne pepper


People traditionally use spicy radish to relieve muscle tension, cramps, and pain. You can buy radish essential oil, or make your own. Put a few drops in your bath water, or add it to a carrier oil and use for massage.

Wild thyme

This plant is similar to thyme. It is one of the best natural muscle relaxers. Prepare it as a tea and drink as much as you’d like.


Also known as passion flower, this is a very beautiful plant. Its healing properties make it even more special. The petals contain phytosterols and flavonoids, both of which have antioxidant effects. It also contains alkaloids, essential oils, and other ingredients that relax your muscles and soothe pain. People drink passiflora tea for insomnia, muscle spasms, stress, anxiety, etc.


This well-known plant has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for disease and illness. Lavender oil is one of the most effective natural muscle relaxers. Massage the affected area with circular movements to increase blood flow. Then, take a hot shower to relax your mind and body.

You might like: How to Make and Use Lavender Oil

Give these natural muscle relaxers a try, but don’t forget that lifestyle changes are important if you want to get rid of your muscle pain once and for all.

Images courtesy of Unique Hotels, c.e. Delohery, Dennis Wong, Pato Novoa, John Athayde and Alvaro Galve

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

  • Black CD, O’Connor PJ. Acute effects of dietary ginger on muscle pain induced by eccentric exercise. Phytother Res. 2010 Nov;24(11):1620-6.
  • Caudal D, Guinobert I, Lafoux A, Bardot V, Cotte C, Ripoche I, Chalard P, Huchet C. Skeletal muscle relaxant effect of a standardized extract of Valeriana officinalis L. after acute administration in mice. J Tradit Complement Med. 2017 Oct 12;8(2):335-340.
  • Davis JM, Murphy EA, Carmichael MD, Zielinski MR, Groschwitz CM, Brown AS, Gangemi JD, Ghaffar A, Mayer EP. Curcumin effects on inflammation and performance recovery following eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2007 Jun;292(6):R2168-73.
  • Ghasemzadeh Rahbardar M, Hosseinzadeh H. Therapeutic effects of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) and its active constituents on nervous system disorders. Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2020 Sep;23(9):1100-1112.
  • Meamarbashi A, Rajabi A. Preventive effects of 10-day supplementation with saffron and indomethacin on the delayed-onset muscle soreness. Clin J Sport Med. 2015 Mar;25(2):105-12.
  • Mehmood MH, Munir S, Khalid UA, Asrar M, Gilani AH. Antidiarrhoeal, antisecretory and antispasmodic activities of Matricaria chamomilla are mediated predominantly through K(+)-channels activation. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2015 Mar 24;15:75.
  • Park CH, Kwak YS, Seo HK, Kim HY. Assessing the Values of Blueberries Intake on Exercise Performance, TAS, and Inflammatory Factors. Iran J Public Health. 2018 Jul;47(Suppl 1):27-32.
  • Poma A, Fontecchio G, Carlucci G, Chichiriccò G. Anti-inflammatory properties of drugs from saffron crocus. Antiinflamm Antiallergy Agents Med Chem. 2012;11(1):37-51.
  • Su QS, Tian Y, Zhang JG, Zhang H. Effects of allicin supplementation on plasma markers of exercise-induced muscle damage, IL-6 and antioxidant capacity. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2008 Jun;103(3):275-83.
  • Trombold JR, Reinfeld AS, Casler JR, Coyle EF. The effect of pomegranate juice supplementation on strength and soreness after eccentric exercise. J Strength Cond Res. 2011 Jul;25(7):1782-8.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.