Have you ever awakened to a sore neck that you did not have before you went to sleep? I figured out over the years that, at least for me, this is caused by sleeping in the wrong position on my pillow. It's too bad that the problem doesn't go away as quickly as it occurs. It usually lasts two to three days for me and that is an uncomfortable feeling. I have a remedy for neck strain if it happens to you too.
First, prepare your ice massage tools by freezing several Styrofoam cups filled with water and then cut the cup down so there is about 2 inches of ice protruding. Massage in a circular pattern over the sore area. You can also use an ice pack around the sore area for at least 15 minutes at a time. Then you can massage the neck and shoulder area three times a day using the following blend diluted in 2 tablespoons of liquid shea oil:
- 10 drops ginger
- 10 drops rosemary
- 5 drops black pepper
- 5 drops peppermint