Doing lots of sport, Anthony and I seem to be very susceptible to various muscle aches and pains and have long been in search of the perfect massage oil remedy. While we are huge fans of coconut oil, it can be a bit messy when you have to scoop it out from a big jar, and other oils that I've tried are simply not up to par, but this Arnica Joint and Muscle Massage Oil by Kneipp* is a serious game changer.
The sunflower, almond and jojoba seed oil base is enriched with soothing arnica (which is often hailed as a remedy for bruising, muscular strains, wounds and swelling, although this doesn't seem to be scientifically proven) and ginger, so as well as being a amazing quality, it also smells great. The first scent that I recognised was a faint hint of rosemary, which is gorgeously refreshing. Possibly what I love the most about this little gem though, is that its moisturising properties are enhanced by the addition of Shea Butter, leaving my skin incredibly soft and smooth. This product is also natural, with no added preservatives (such as parabens), colours, or mineral oils. Finally, the packaging is a glass bottle which is really easy (and not too messy!) to distribute the oil from. Perfect!
I think massage is such a great way to help your muscles recover from exercise, as well as to warm them up to prevent injury. Plus, it aids circulation and flexibility. Mostly, I will use a foam roller to massage immediately before, and sometimes after, exercise (it would be a bit weird for me to whip out a bottle of this in the gym...) but this lovely oil is such a treat to use when I'm aching. Not to mention a bit of a steal at £9.95.