Restoration Therapy

by Rona Berg

Give those sore muscles some relief
After a strenuous workout, nothing relieves tired muscles like a healing massage oil or a warm bath peppered with therapeutic mineral salts and oils. The salts remineralize sore muscles, and the aromatherapy oils will help you de-stress, detox and calm your mind. Here are a few to try:
Kneipp Joint & Muscle Arnica Massage Oil This new body-warming oil is great for tight muscles and tired joints, with ginger, almond and arnica blossom oil. (Arnica is also a natural remedy for bruises.) Massage into the skin, and give it a few minutes to absorb. Then, step into a warm bath and relax. KneippUS.com
Skinny Skinny Patchouli Ylang-Ylang Lavender All-Natural Bath Soak These pretty bath salts, launched recently, provide aromatherapy benefits—ylang-ylang lifts the mood, lavender is relaxing—and the blend of salts reinvigorate tired muscles. skinnyskinny.com
Kokokahn Bali Infusion Massage and Bath Oil Transport yourself to a tropical spa in Bali, with a whiff of coconut oil, sandalwood, ginger and cinnamon essential oil. Massage into your skin before a bath, and apply a dab to your chest before bed to inhale the heavenly aroma. kokokahnessentialoils.com
Ling Sol Feeling Warm Circulate and Rejuvenate Massage and Bath Oil This USDA-certified organic bath and massage oil features essential oils of ginger, orange, black pepper and cinnamon, along with safflower, sunflower and green tea oil. The combination is intoxicating! lingskincare.com
80 Acres Lavender Bath Salts A beautiful blend of sun-dried California sea salt and Epsom salt—rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium—and spiked with heavenly lavender, ylang-ylang and lemon essential oils from the McEvoy Ranch in Petaluma. mcevoyranch.com
Erbaviva Breathe Bath Salts Woodsy organic, wild-crafted essential oils of eucalyptus, cedar, thyme and spruce will boost your immunity and help decongest your sinuses, as well as detox your muscles. erbaviva.com
Dr. Hauschka Birch Arnica Energizing Body Oil Great to massage into the skin after a workout, the birch leaf and arnica, in a base of organic sunflower seed oil, soothe tight muscles and tired joints. drhauschka.com
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Relief on the Go
Michele’s Apothecary Comfrey & Arnica Therapeutic Balm This powerful little stick is portable enough to put in your back pocket, made with soothing herbal ingredients grown on a California farm where sustainable agriculture is modeled and taught. michelesapothecary.com
Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel Carry this little tube around in your purse or pack and apply this warming blend of black pepper, rosemary, lavender and ginger to tired muscles and joints after sitting still for too long, or exerting yourself too much. aromatherapyassociates.com
 

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