Sore Muscles Usually caused by overwork or even by sitting in the same position for too long, sore muscles take time to heal. Herbs can ease the pain and help you relax, while taking it easy for a day or two will promote faster healing. Ginger-Fennel Massage Oil Makes 1 cup Fennel and ginger offer a pleasant, warming effect that soothes and relaxes tight, sore muscles. This treatment will stay fresh for up to 6 months when kept in a cool, dark place. 1 tablespoon crushed fennel seeds 2 ounces dried gingerroot, chopped 1 cup light olive oil In a slow cooker, combine the fennel, ginger, and olive oil. Select the lowest heat setting, cover the slow cooker, and allow the herbs to steep in the oil for 3 to 5 hours. Turn off the heat and allow the infused oil to cool. Drape a piece of cheesecloth over a bowl. Pour in the infused oil, then wring and twist the cheesecloth until no more oil comes out. Discard the cheesecloth and spent herbs. Transfer the oil to a dark-colored bottle with a tight-fitting lid. With your fingertips, apply 1 teaspoon to affected areas, using a little more or less oil as needed. Massage using moderate pressure. Repeat as often as needed to provide drug-free pain relief. Precautions Do not use ginger if you take prescription blood thinners, have gallbladder disease, or have a bleeding disorder.