A muscle spasm and muscle cramps are caused by smooth muscle contraction. A number of herbal remedies are used as muscle relaxers to treat muscle cramping and spasms. Here are a few herbs that you can use for home remedies to use as muscle relaxants.
Caraway: Caraway seeds are rich in compounds that have strong anti-spasmodic properties. They have long been used as a folk remedy to treat colic in infants. In some cultures, they are consumed after a meal, in the manner we would have an after dinner mint.
Catnip: Catnip is a very mild herb that is safe enough for use with children. It is used for treating colic due to its anti-spasmodic effects.
Dong Quai: Dong Quai is the name for Chinese angelica. It has many benefits for women, among them being its anti-spasmodic properties, which offer relief from menstrual cramps. It is also used in China for relief of stomach cramps.
Black Cohosh: Black cohosh is a tall, stately perennial native to North America. It has anti-spasmodic effects and numerous other medicinal properties.
Peppermint: Peppermint is known for soothing stomach pain. This is because it has an anti-spasmodic effect on the digestive system.