I have restless leg syndrome!
And no, it is not related to my general ADHD tendencies and desire, from time to time, to hit the road:
Nope, these are achy legs and hips that would make me squirm all evening long and have me flopping like a fish back and forth all night.
Apparently, this is often a side-effect suffered by women, ahem, of a certain age. As if everything going south and then settling around the equator wasn't bad enough...
But thanks to good old-fashioned home remedies, I am almost completely symptom-free and it is has made such a difference to me that I feel I need to pass this along in case anyone else is suffering from this as well.
The plan is three-fold:
- I walk every day - usually from 30 minutes to an hour
- An Epsom salt bath every night with at minimum of 1 cup of Epsom salts. Drink plenty of water before you get in!
- After bath massage legs with lotion cut with rosemary oil.
I don't know who old Julia Lawless is, but her rosemary oil has been a god-send:
Wait - here is Julia's story, courtesy of the website:
I am not being paid by Julia, but I had read on-line that Rosemary oil massaged into legs and joints gives soothing relief and I can attest to it.
The bottle recommends putting some drops in almond oil, but since I am allergic to almond oil, I have used my own lotion with excellent results.
I find I can skip the odd night, but unless I do this regularly, it really returns rather quickly. Now I look forward to a nightly 15 minute soak - I take in a book and just enjoy the whole experience.
The rosemary oil does smell like rosemary, and Barry tells me I smell remarkably like steak (we always cook our steak with rosemary) but never mind - I have found huge relief!
So yay Julia Lawless!
Thus endeth today's public service announcement!
Stay safe out there!