There’s nothing worse (okay, it’s a figure of speech – I can think of much worse) than having a peaceful slumber interrupted by the menacing pain of a foot or leg cramp. Oh the discomforts of My T1. I tucked this little diddy – a bar of Ivory soap- under my bed sheet and found it helpful.
Here’s what the People’s Pharmacy has to say about soap to relieve cramps:
A chemist at North Carolina State University analyzed the outgassing of several brands of soap mentioned frequently in our reader testimonials. He discovered a volatile compound used as a fragrance common to the most popular soaps.
An anesthesiologist was intrigued enough by soap testimonials to conduct some experiments using crushed Ivory soap.
Dr. Yon Doo Ough and his colleagues placed their homemade skin patches over muscle cramps and found that the pain was relieved (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, July, 2008).
Dr. Ough speculated that the scent of the soap was responsible for the benefit. He tested soap-scented oil (SSO) in a skin patch for the relief of fibromyalgia pain. He reported:
“It was found that the SSO skin patch consistently and adequately relieved muscular pain” (Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, Sept. 2008).
Until Dr. Ough’s imaginative research there was no explanation for this effect. Now we have some science to suggest how the soap might be working to ease muscle cramps and pain. The herbal oils in the soap scent may have antispasmodic action. We don’t know of a more affordable remedy for such common problems.
Have you tried using soap under a bed sheet to relieve foot or leg cramps? Would you recommend it to a member of our T1 community? Feel free to leave a review in the comments section of this post.