Natural help for muscle aches and pains

When your muscles are aching it’s hard to concentrate on anything else. Thankfully, there’s natural help that can help you feel like your old self again. Check out some of our favorite natural products for muscle pain relief and make sure to check out our segment this Thursday on Daybreak as we chat about these standout products.

Hyland’s Muscle Therapy Gel with Arnica
Arnica has long been used to soothe sore muscles. In fact, even famous athletes like David Beckham have promoted its healing benefits and its unique ability to fight swelling, bruising and trauma. Hyland’s Muscle Therapy Gel with Arnica provides topical relief of muscle soreness, bruising and swelling due to overexertion or injury. Plus it’s natural, safe and effective and absorbs quickly without feeling greasy. www.hylands.com

Tiger Balm Ultra Strength and Tiger Balm Liniment
You’ve probably heard of the traditional Tiger Balm product, but did you know that they also make other powerful products? Try the Ultra Strength blend for tougher cases and check out the Liniment product when you need to apply over large areas of the body. Both are great options for aches and pains of muscles and joints due to simple backache, arthritis, strains, bruises and sprains.  www.tigerbalm.com/us

Renewal Neck Wraps
Since 1991, Renewal Products based in Colorado have created helpful eye pillows, heat therapy pillows, neck wraps, support pillows, skin brushes, massage tools, agave body care items and more. Their neck wraps provide instant relaxation to tight neck and shoulder muscles. Simply warm in the microwave to activate and then rest comfortably on your neck.  For maximum benefit, apply sore muscle balm first — the heat from the neck wrap will drive the balm deeper to relax the muscles. You can also chill the wrap depending on your choice of therapy. www.renewalproducts.com

Peaceful Mountain Muscle Ice and Peaceful Mountain Back and Neck Rescue
The Peaceful Mountain product line was born with the belief that many common problems can be helped with the powerful herbs and elements supplied by nature. The Peaceful Mountain Muscle Ice is an effective natural alternative to  anti-inflammatory sports creams. This powerful formula contains natural menthol and herbal hydrosols for immediate temporary relief. The Peaceful Mountain Back and Neck Rescue topical gel is fast-acting and contains homeopathic components specifically for chronic or occasional back and neck pains. www.peacefulmountain.com

Make-it-Yourself Muscle Compress
You can also use simple herbs to make a soothing muscle compress. Simply, start with flannel, mesh cloth or hosiery to hold the herbs for your compress. Next, choose herbs know for their soothing and aromatic qualities to put in your compress. One of our favorites to include is comfrey leaf which has a long history for being used to help heal bruises, pulled muscles and ligaments, sprains and strains. Other great options include eucalyptus, ginger root and organic lemon grass. After you are finished making your own herbal blend, simply tie it off at the top, steam to warm it and then apply where needed. Also, make sure to look in the bulk aisle for inexpensive organic herbs.