Yesterday at work we got into a discussion about minerals and cures for leg cramps. Yes, sometimes we talk about the darndest things.
Rubbing pickle juice on leg cramps in the middle of the night came up. Apparently, an older lady who works with us uses this on her Charlie horses that strike in the middle of the night. In fact, she keeps a jar of pickle juice on her nightstand. Who knew?
This information was confirmed by a second employee passing by and overhearing the conversation. What a curious thing to learn. I just had to google this when hubby told me about it. According to the lady’s, this has to be dill pickle juice.
After getting on my computer today, I found that it’s the mix of salt, water and vinegar in the pickle juice that stops the cramps. Supposedly you can drink a shot of this before bed, or rub it on the muscle that is cramping in the middle of the night, or at any other time. The older lady, who keeps the pickle juice on her nightstand, says it can also be rubbed through clothes and will soak into your skin. The clothes can be washed, so no worries there with the pickle juice.
The internet says that rubbing mustard on the cramps will also help but I can see this being a lot messier and perhaps something that would stain your clothes, or the sheets. I wouldn’t recommend amassing those mustard packets from fast food restaurants on your bedside table.
I’ve alleviated most of my cramps though by adding a magnesium tablet to my nightly regimen, but I’ll try this pickle juice also because I’m on a low sodium diet and may not get enough salt on the nights the cramps wake me from a dead sleep.
So who knew relief was just as far away as your refrigerator?