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5 Products That Soothe Your Muscles

August 13, 2014

5 Products That Soothe Your Muscles

August 13, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Photography: Marcus Ohlsson/Trunk Archive

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