08 March 2013

Weleda Arnica Massage Balm: Review

Clumsy as I am, I’ve had quite a lot of experience with arnica over the years as a natural remedy to help heal bruising. It’s invaluable for those occasions when you fall headfirst down three flights of concrete stairs in a Glasgow tenement block or topple over onto a table in a nightclub. As you do. But it has a whole host of other benefits too, from soothing aches and pains to easing cramps and muscular pain and even helping with soft tissue injuries. No surprise then that it’s often used as a sports remedy and by physiotherapists, sports injury specialists and massage therapists alike.

Massage Therapist Javier Diaz

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.
Weleda Arnica Massage Balm

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?  

19 comments:

The Dainty Dolls House said...

I love this stuff...it's a miracle ointment!! I used it getting bruises, after having my girls, everything. It really works!! This treatment sounds grand. I hope you are well doll & have a wonderful weekend xx

Oliva Ins said...

I have been using weleda and it's great !!! Bit pricey but great :)
Come and visit me on:
www.olivains.com

fluff and fripperies said...

Thanks ladies glad you've had positive experiences of it too! xo

JenJen said...

Mm your massage guy is a bit of a looker!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I swear by Arnica creme for pain. I really need to check out this balm.

Happy weekend Emma!
Rowena @ rolala loves

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I wonder who carries it in the US or in Asia. I will be checking it out!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

shayla. said...

thanks for sharing this looks great!
p.s. cute blog :)

fluff and fripperies said...

Thanks Shayla and thanks for stopping by!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

It offers a number of benefits. I bruise and have neck soreness sometimes. Thanks for this review Emma.
http://www.averysweetblog.com/

Chloe said...

I didn't even know about this, but is sounds like a life saver! I'm covered in bruises & have achey shoulders so it'd be fabulous!

Coco said...

It's an awesome product indeed (I am clumsy too)
Love!

Sam said...

I've heard such great things about arnica oil but never personally tried it out. Would like to. Thanks for your kind visit hun....Have a lovely weekend!

Anonymous said...

I don't experience these kinds of pain (touch wood) but it's good to know that there are remedies out there in case that!

LUXESSED

Anonymous said...

I used to use this on a shoulder injury. Unfortunately it didn't really do much... But I did enjoy the massage :-)

littlemissandrea said...

Sounds like a great remedy for aches and pains! My mom has this natural ointment that she uses all the time on me that works wonders. Wonder if this would be the same!

Sonshu said...

Lovely review. You've covered all aspects and that is amazing!

<3
Sonshu
www.thesonshu.com

LoveT. said...

Love Products with Arnica :)

kisses

Fanny J. ABSOmarilyn said...

Gorgeous product dear!!! Great post!!!

*See you soon on my blog.
ABSOkisses!!!
Fanny J. ABSOmarilyn | The Marilyn Monroe of the 21st century

Sunny & Star said...

This sounds like a wonderful product. I definitely need to try it. I have been having a very stiff neck lately.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Enter our Retro Designed Pencil Sharpener Giveaway