Q. During a visit to an amusement park last fall I encountered severe leg cramps while walking around the park. This happened several times during the day and each time I got a little cup of mustard from a food vendor and swallowed it and washed it down with water. The cramps were gone within seconds and I enjoyed the time at the park with the grandkids.
A. Yellow mustard is a favorite People’s Pharmacy remedy for muscle cramps. Many people report success like yours. Some even keep individual serving packets on their nightstand just in case they are wakened with leg cramps.
Other people report that drinking a swallow or two of dill pickle juice can stop a leg cramp in its tracks. There are more ways to deal with muscle cramps (including a very surprising soap story) in our Guide to Leg Pain.