When I was sent this Weleda Arnica Massage Balm, it was like a gift from the gods – I’ve suffered with a stiff and painful neck for more than two months now and while it gets a bit better and then a bit worse, it never quite goes away. Remedial massage has helped to loosen up the muscles and my therapist, Javier Diaz, has been a lifesaver (if you’re in Dublin you’ll find him at SV Fitness or Samadhi Yoga Studio). On my last visit I asked Javier to use this and, combined with his expert skills, I noticed a definite improvement – it both soothed my muscles and eased the pain, and the effects lasted longer than I’ve experienced with other oils and lotions.
Not to come across like a complete physical wreck (though it’s not far from the truth!), but I’ve also used the oil to treat an old soft tissue injury in my foot. It flares up on a regular basis but massaging in a few drops has helped relieve the pain.
The Weleda Arnica range also includes an ointment (€8.95) which can help with swelling and bruising (a good one for me to have in my handbag, I think!). The balm also comes in a larger 100ml size which would be perfect for runners or other sporting types.
Have you used arnica or are you a fan of any other natural remedies?