Wednesday, 31 May 2017

REVIEW: Weleda Arnica Massage Balm

After a hard Ballet class, without fail, I always ensure I am wrapped up reasonably well before I leave the studio, and when I get home I take a warm shower. By doing so ensures my muscles don't get cold and I avoid getting an injury. Once I am showered I then proceed to giving my muscles a good massage, releasing any tension / tightness. I tend to use Shea butter, mixed with Soap and Glory Righteous Butter, and whilst moisturising my skin I massage areas, such as calves, feet at the same time. Kill two birds with one stone! I found this was pretty effective, but I figured perhaps I should be using something which is more massage appropriate, containing oils which are beneficial to my muscles.

Weleda Massage Balm is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the symptomatic relief of rheumatic pain, musclar pain and stiffness, backache, fibrositis, bruising, sprains, cramps and minor sports injuries. It is an arnica based balm which is full of plant based natural oils. 

Such oils, sunflower and olive, which are then blended with arnica flower extracts and birch leaves, that help to increase blood circulation and encourage natural healing. And to assist with relaxation, lavender and rosemary are added, giving the balm that little bit more to help with its healing of the muscles.
I have been using this balm for a considerable amount of time, and I thought I would give a review of my experience.

Area of concern(s)

Last year, I had a minor injury; shoe heel got stuck in a drain cover, and I pulled all the muscles / tendons on the front of my foot. Ouch! 18 months later, my foot still is no better, and I have now resorted to trying anything in a bid to try and fix it.

Once a week I attend a Ballet class. Something I have done for an incredibly long time, and so I know the protocol in terms of looking after my body before / after class. My muscles especially my calves get incredibly stiff, and my feet cramp very easy, so I know these are areas I pay close attention to in a bid to avoid injury.

Directions of use:

Apply to the skin. Use sparingly on the affected area(s) abd massage gently 3 - 4 times daily.

For maximum effect apply after a warm bath / shower while the skin is still damp.

Consistency / smell

I'm not usually a fan of oily products, as I instantly think - oil = breakout. However on this occasion I was surprised to discover this greeny looking oil is not oily / greasy. In fact once massaged well into the skin, you wouldn't have known it was an oil. 
As for smell, very potent, but pleasant. The lavender scent is very strong, perhaps a bit overpowering, but tolerable.


So I have been using this product since March, and have I noticed significant improvements on my feet and calves? Not really! It's a nice balm, that massages well into the skin and does feel like it's working, really getting deep into my muscles. But in order for it to be 100% effective, I think you need to be continuously using, i.e. everyday, in order to really benefit from the oil.

Would you buy / Price?

In a nutshell, no. If I was a hardcore runner / athlete that was 100% committed to doing some activity 7 days a week, then yes, I probably would. But as I only dance one day a week, I don't really need to be using this balm all week, otherwise it'll be too much.
As for the price, considering it's £11.50, I actually don't think it's a bad price. You know what you're getting and it's pretty decent. However if you're going to be using it 7 days a week, IF you participate in some form of activity everyday, then this could end up being a very pricey massage balm!!

Do you suffer with stiff muscles after activities (swimming / gym / running). If so, would you invest in a massage balm? Would love to hear your thoughts.

*PR Sample


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