Folk Remedies – Mustard for Leg Cramps
You know those lower leg cramps you occasionally get at night? The ones that wake you up from a sound sleep? Well, I was walking too long in heels last weekend and I woke up with one that night. Oddly, it was the front of my lower leg, not the calf, which I’ve never heard of. I just watched my toes being drawn up towards my knee, helpless to stop it. Then the other one started doing the same thing.
It was a couple of minutes before I could even walk, but when I could, I hobbled out to my medicine cabinet and grabbed a little packet of mustard. I had heard about this cure, so I had picked up a couple of them. I tore it open, squeezed the whole thing into my mouth – fortunately, I like mustard – and I swear to you, within a minute – and you know how slowly time passes at moments like that, so you know I’m not exaggerating – the cramps were gone. I was stunned. I don’t even know how it can get there that fast. The body takes much longer than that to process food. But it works. And you can find countless testimonials to this on line. No one knows why.
I did see that some coaches give mustard to their athletes who tend to get cramps anywhere and they’ve found it to prevent them. There is a theory that the turmeric, which gives it its yellow color, is the magic bullet. But no one really knows.
I’m telling you this in hopes that maybe you won’t be so quick to dismiss other folk remedies out of hand.