I get super achy muscles quite often from general exhaustion. If I have mental fatigue from a busy week out and about, it often manifests into physical aches and pains for me, especially with achy legs and knotted shoulders. I do tend to get an acupressure massage once every two weeks to offset the fatigue but seeing as massages are quite pricey I’ve been looking for products that can help me at home in between massage appointments.
I was lucky enough to partner with SBC on this post because they have SO many products that are tailored to this very thing (i.e. achy muscles) and I noticed this when I first browsed their website to pick out some products to use. I made sure to pick out products I thought would really help to soothe achy muscles with known ingredients like arnica, menthol and camphor. Also, SBC are known for their body gels which are FAB – they sink into the skin like a dream and provide hydration and other benefits that you can get in an instant. They are also great for the warmer weather months when you may not want to be using heavy body creams or oils.
So back to the achy muscles. I had a particularly stressful week this week with so many things coming at once – doesn’t that always happen? I mean, when it rains, it POURS. And to be honest when it got to this weekend I was feeling fried and frazzled in both mind and body.
So, it was first things first with a long, hot bath using the SBC Echinacea Bath Soak. You can use this in one of two ways. You can either add 1 to 2 pumps to a running bath and soak for 20 minutes or you can actually add a pump to a bowl of hot water and use it to breathe in – kind of like steaming your face (remember when that was popular?). The point of the latter is to ease the mind and any mental fatigue – I think it’s brilliant if you have a headache or your head feels frazzled because the scent of the herbs and menthol clear the sinuses and therefore you have a hit of aromatherapy to clear the mind as well. In the bath it has the same effect except it works on easing muscle fatigue.
After the bath I applied the SBC Camphor & Menthol Massage Gel to the areas that felt the tightest and sore which were my shoulders and legs (calves and quads in particular). It’s so lovely to even give yourself a massage or get someone else to do it for 5 minutes – the power of the human touch is a wonderful one indeed. Because this is a gel (I love the bright blue colour) it sinks in quickly and is not greasy on the skin either.
If you feel mentally stressed, you can also apply this to your temples to ease mental fatigue or to relieve a headache naturally. The result is a cooling sensation on the skin with camphor, menthol and evening primrose oil. If you often feel stressed this is a great product to keep on hand for those moments! I loved putting it on my temples and in between my eyebrows to relieve a headache. I kid you not this would be perfectly placed next to your desk at work! I LOVE this product and it’s great at relieving a headache naturally.
If you have actual knots or soreness in any of your muscles I would recommend using the SBC Intensive Arnica Gel. This has a thicker consistency and you just need to apply it on areas that actually ache. The gel has a high concentration of Arnica extract so it helps to really target muscle soreness and achiness. You could use it post-workout for sore muscles for example or for knotted shoulders or lower back pain.
If you are looking for a natural version of Deep Heat then the SBC Arnica and Black Pepper Warming Body Cream is FABULOUS. It smells sort of like Deep Heat and has a similar effect in that it warms up the muscle and eases any pain. Even rubbing it into your palms and taking a deep breath into your hands will help clear the mind and relieve mental fatigue (it did for me anyways!). I will definitely be taking this product on my long-haul flights that I’ve got coming up this summer.
The scent isn’t as powerful as the Deep Heat you can buy from Boots or Superdrug so it won’t offend your neighbour in the seat next to you and it really does heat up the muscle! I like to apply this on my lower back whilst flying to ease any discomfort. It feels really warm and soothing on any aches or pains so you can apply it to areas of concern. The cream contains black pepper, cinnamon bark spices and the scent is of winter green leaf oil so it mentally and physically relieves fatigue.
On days that you don’t have any aches or pains and feel great but want a treat then the SBC Cotton Body Oil is so lovely. It’s a great body oil that smells amazing (think fresh, clean cotton). It’s not greasy on the skin and it contains Oat Kernel, Wheat Germ Oil and Vitamin E so it’s great for keeping skin looking supple and young. You can even use it on babies it’s so gentle! I’ve never smelled a body oil quite like this and I love the scent of it and applying it after a shower as a treat for the skin.
What do you do to ease aches and mental fatigue?
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**This is a sponsored post with SBC but all product choices, opinions and reviews are my own, as always.