Balms and oils that promote recovery are the ultimate post-workout reward.
By: Christina Valhouli, Q by Equinox
After a particularly grueling session, sometimes you need more than just a hot shower. These restorative products, which can be added to a bath or rubbed on skin, help soothe sore muscles and alleviate aches—without the faintest medicinal scent. Time to trade in the Tiger Balm.
Mio Liquid Yoga
That post-yoga feeling in a bottle? Sign us up. Mio’s Liquid Yoga is a milky blend of essential oils, Epsom salts and arnica which help to battle muscle fatigue and soreness. The bath soak also contains the anti-inflammatory Murumuru Butter which leaves skin feeling soft, as well as spearmint, cypress, lavender, mandarin and chamomile essential oils for an enticing smell.
Shea Terra Organics Bushmen’s Buchu Muscle Relaxing Bath Oil Drops
Add a few drops of this fresh pine-scented oil to a bath to soothe aching muscles. Buchu oil, which comes from the African buchu bush, has muscle relaxing and anti-spasmodic properties. Added bonus: Shea Terra Organics practices Free Trade, and works with a small group of gatherers to source ingredients.
EiR NYC Cooling Butter
EiR (pronounced air) is a new Brooklyn-based organic skincare company that uses essential oils and natural herbs. Its Cooling Butter, which comes in a sleek tin, features a blend of arnica and essential oils that help reduce inflammation, bruising and ease sore muscles. Other ingredients include shea butter, coconut oil, calendula, peppermint, lavender and tea tree essential oils.
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Elemis Musclease Active Body Oil
This algae-aromatherapy body oil contains a blend of maritime pine, seabuckthorn, sea fennel extracts and rosemary essential oil. It has a fresh scent and absorbs quickly into skin while helping sore joints and muscles. It can also be layered under the brand’s Instant Refreshing Gel.
Dr. Hauschka Birch Arnica Oil
This body oil does triple duty; arnica takes care of tired muscles, jojoba oil and natural plant extracts provide a shot of moisture, and mint and lemon offer a little brain boost. With a base of sunflower oil, the formula also includes birch leaves, burdock root and nettle.
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