Relax painful muscles with peppermint

Suffering from tight, sore muscles?  Stubborn knots can hang around for months if they aren’t properly treated, says naturopath Mark Stengler, N.D., author of the book, The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies.  His advice: Three times each week, soak in a warm tub scented with 10 drops of peppermint oil.  The warm water will relax your muscles, while the peppermint oil will naturally soothe your nerves – a combo that can ease muscle cramping 25 percent more effectively than over-the-counter painkillers, and cut the frequency of future flare-ups in half, says Stengler.