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4. Hot and Cold Foot Soak
For the reduction of legs cramps and for easing the pain that comes with RLS, you can try alternating hot and cold soaks of your feet and/or legs. To use this method, fill two large buckets, one with hot water (not boiling hot, but comfortably hot) and one with cold water. Put both of your feet in the bucket of cold water for three minutes, then put them in the bucket filled with hot water for three minutes. Repeat this three or four times, ending with the hot water. Try this method each night about one hour before bed.
5. Lavender Oil
Everyone loves the sweet scent of lavender, and now that you know it can help with RLS, you won’t be able to stop using this wonderfully healing scent everywhere! Lavender will calm the body, which will relax the legs and help you to sleep better. Simply rub a few drops of lavender oil on the bottom of your feet each night before you hop into bed. You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a warm bath and enjoy this before bed. Many people find that putting a few drops of lavender oil on a cotton ball and slipping it into your pillowcase or putting a lavender sachet in your pillowcase helps to encourage deep, restful sleep.
6. Black Strap Molasses
Rich in iron, black strap molasses is thought to help the various symptoms of RLS. Iron is an integral component of our red blood cells. Iron transports oxygen from the lungs to every single cell in the body. Without sufficient amounts of iron, the body feels fatigued, weak, and the metabolism is lower. Black strap molasses contains important minerals such as potassium and calcium. If you have trouble finding this type of molasses at your local store, you can usually find it in most natural or health food stores. To use this method, add one tablespoon of black strap molasses to one cup of water and drink each night about 30 minutes before bedtime. You might want to try mixing one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and black strap molasses in a glass of water. The molasses will help to ease the taste of the apple cider vinegar.
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