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Short of having a personal masseur for daily rubdowns (one can always dream), these products and their unique, therapeutic ingredients are your next best bet for relieving muscle aches.
1. John Masters Organics Rosemary & Arnica Body Wash
The therapeutic herb arnica, the same active ingredient dentists sometimes use to numb your gums, relieves soreness and swelling, while antioxidant rosemary reduces pain-causing inflammation. Follow the body wash with Rosemary & Arnica Body Milk lotion ($18) for a completely rejuvenating experience. ($18, johnmasters.com)
2. Yoga Balm
Yoga Balm employs Yakima peppermint, one of the most concentrated forms of mint, to release tight muscles. Apply the balm to tense areas that need taming, or use it during a massage to experience a potent release. The mint also opens pores so your skin can better absorb the balm’s blend of anti-inflammatory wild frankincense, St. John’s wort, and plantain. ( $42, yogabalm.org)
3. Weleda Lavender Relaxing Body Oil
Research shows that lavender oil, the key ingredient in this post-shower or -bath oil, not only helps alleviate muscle soreness but also stress and anxiety, calming both body and mind. Bonus: Almond and sesame oils seal moisture into your skin for lasting hydration. ( $22, usa.weleda.com)
4. Naturopathica Sweet Birch Magnesium Bath Flake
Soak up the soothing effects of Naturopathica’s unique blend of sweet birch (a natural analgesic or pain reliever) and magnesium, which has been shown to reduce inflammation. ($36, naturopathica.com)
5. 21 drops 08 Pain Relief Essential Oil Blend
This jojoba-based remedy delivers four healing oils—juniper, helichrysum, ginger, and myrrh—each chosen for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and circulation-enhancing properties. Apply the oils to your wrists, temples, and sore areas using a circular motion, and inhale deeply. ( $29, 21drops.com)