If I had a permanent back and neck massaging servant living with me I think I’d be pretty happy. But since I don’t and that’s unlikely to happen, it’s nice to have some homeopathic treatment for those days when my whole body is sore. And it’s sore because of running around with my son, getting things done that need to be done, and working on the computer all of the time. For most of us it’s pretty common to end up with a sore and achy neck or back which causes unnecessary pain throughout the day. Sometimes a good massage will work sometimes you just need something stronger.
I’m always wary about topical pain creams because I’m worried about the side effects. The ingredients used in those creams still end up being absorbed into my skin and my body so I need something that is made from naturally derived ingredients such as herbs and plants. Old herbal remedies have worked wonders in the past and from personal experience it’s what I prefer. So when I was offered to try and review Arnicare and Calendula Cream from Boiron, I thought it couldn’t have been a more perfect time. I had just developed a really nasty ache in my neck and it wouldn’t go away for days.
You’ve probably already heard of the company Boiron (http://www.boironusa.com/) who specializes in natural, homeopathic medicine. Their products range from colds to coughs to topical creams and gels and are made with natural ingredients that have been used for centuries. We’ve been using their adult and children’s cough and cold medicine for many years now and they are effective as long as you start right away.
In the case of my sore neck, I was very surprised to find that Arnicare Gel worked immediately on relieving the aches. I used a small amount and rubbed it in and in a few moments my neck wasn’t as sore anymore. Yes, it was that soon and I myself was surprised at the quick efficacy. I don’t recall ever using another product that worked almost instantly. And I liked that it rubbed in smoothly and didn’t have a funny smell either. The main ingredient with Arnicare is Arnica of course and it’s completely paraben-free. Arnicare Gel works on relieving muscle pain and stiffness, swelling from injuries, and bruising. As with most topical medicine I believe you’d have to use it as often as possible until the problem goes away. Arnicare Gel is great for areas including the neck, back, shoulders, leg, and foot. My husband gets calf pain from walking around a lot at work and he was even surprised that Arnicare worked so well.
Next I tried the Calendula Cream which is effective as a topical first aid. It’s great for soothing and healing minor skin irritations such as cuts, scrapes, chafing, minor burns, and sunburn. I did have a bit of a sunburn when I was out gardening and forgot to put on sunblock one morning. The next morning it ached a bit and was slightly red and I rubbed some Calendula Cream on my shoulders. The cool cream soothed the scratchiness of my skin and in a few days I noticed that my skin did not peel nor did it hurt when fabric brushed against it. As a long time fan of Calendula I had a feeling it would work pretty well.
The good folks at Boiron would like to offer 1 LUCKY reader of Happymomblogger the chance to win a full sized Arnicare Gel and Calendula Cream. This is a great opportunity especially with school starting soon and you’ve got teenagers who are into sports. So how do you win this fabulous prize? Read below to find out!
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Contest Start Date: August 29, 2014 – Congratulations to Cassie S. for winning the prize!
Contest End Date: September 16. 2014
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