Give your muscles some love

Balms and oils that promote recovery are the ultimate post-workout reward.

After a particularly grueling session, sometimes you need more than just a hot shower. These restorative products, which can be added to a bath or rubbed on skin, help soothe sore muscles and alleviate aches—without the faintest medicinal scent. Time to trade in the Tiger Balm.

mio liquid yoga

That post-yoga feeling in a bottle? Sign us up. Mio’s Liquid Yoga is a milky blend of essential oils, Epsom salts and arnica which help to battle muscle fatigue and soreness. The bath soak also contains the anti-inflammatory Murumuru Butter which leaves skin feeling soft, as well as spearmint, cypress, lavender, mandarin and chamomile essential oils for an enticing smell.
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shea terra organics bushmen's buchu muscle relaxing bath oil drops

Add a few drops of this fresh pine-scented oil to a bath to soothe aching muscles. Buchu oil, which comes from the African buchu bush, has muscle relaxing and anti-spasmodic properties. Added bonus: Shea Terra Organics practices Free Trade, and works with a small group of gatherers to source ingredients.
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eir nyc cooling butter

EiR (pronounced air) is a new Brooklyn-based organic skincare company that uses essential oils and natural herbs. Its Cooling Butter, which comes in a sleek tin, features a blend of arnica and essential oils that help reduce inflammation, bruising and ease sore muscles. Other ingredients include shea butter, coconut oil, calendula, peppermint, lavender and tea tree essential oils.
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elemis musclease active body oil

This algae-aromatherapy body oil contains a blend of maritime pine, seabuckthorn, sea fennel extracts and rosemary essential oil. It has a fresh scent and absorbs quickly into skin while helping sore joints and muscles. It can also be layered under the brand's Instant Refreshing Gel.
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dr. hauschka birch arnica oil

This body oil does triple duty; arnica takes care of tired muscles, jojoba oil and natural plant extracts provide a shot of moisture, and mint and lemon offer a little brain boost. With a base of sunflower oil, the formula also includes birch leaves, burdock root and nettle.
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