Commonly used in cooking, rosemary can be used for muscle pain relief . When used to treat aching muscles, rosemary has healing properties that help reduce swelling. Fresh or dried rosemary leaves can be used although more volatile oils can be found in fresh rosemary leaves. The oils help reduce inflammation and soothe strained muscles as they have anti-inflammatory properties. To make the rosemary wash, put 1 ounce of rosemary leaves into a 1 pint container and fill with boiling water. Cover and let it soak for half an hour before using by soaking a cloth with rosemary wash and pressing it to the aching muscle.