I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving! As we near christmas many of us will do a little extra shopping and I wanted to share a couple of products with you guys that I have really enjoyed. Maybe you can get them for a friend or family member that struggles with chronic health issues. Or maybe even get some to spoil yourself for a bit over the holiday season.
I take a lot of baths, like many women who struggle with chronic pain. I also love adding things to my bath to help me relax or in hopes of taking an edge off the pain. Sadly, many products available at grocery or drug stores either irritate the nether regions or are so perfumey they give me an instant headache. That is okay though cause more and more I try to support small companies who care about their customers and what goes in their products. So I went on a search for some products to use in the bath to help with endo pain and muscle/joint stiffness. I found two products I will be reviewing. I will make a separate post for each products but did review them both in the same video. Bear with me, I am a bit new to this whole vlogging thing so there are a couple awkward moments. After the video I will go a little bit more into the ingredients of the first product and why it can benefit women with chronic health issues.
Product #1: Tender Muscle & Ache Bath Salt Blend
This product is created at Coast & Clearing, a small company based out of Portland Oregon. The shop’s online page states that they are dedicated to creating “natural, filler-free bath and aromatherapy products”. I communicated with the shop owner Charlene who was incredibly helpful. Charlene shared that she has also struggles with endometriosis. Because of this she offered me a coupon code for all of you fellow women health warriors to use if you choose to buy her product. The code is endo10. So what is in this product and how could it help you?
Salts – When salts are mixed with water they increase the osmolality of the water. This basically means the salt water will draw fluid out of other places (your body) To balance the salty osmolality. This is why a Dr. will sometimes instruct patients with a skin infection to soak the area in warm water and epsom salts. They are trying to draw out the excess fluid from the infected area. Excess fluid = excess inflammation, excess inflammation = excess pain. Salt is also used as a emulsifier (a substance stabilizes a mixture of lipids). So is you add essential oils to salt they add that to the water and dissolve it the water and oils wont seperate. This product has 3 types of salt. They have some small differences such as mineral content but basically achieve the same effect.
Winter green oil – wintergreen oil contains a substance called methyl salicylate. This substance is considered a counter irritant meaning is causes a physical stimuli to the superficial layer of skin to distract the nervous system from deeper pain1. It also works as a mild blood thinner by reducing platelet aggregation2. This process can aid the circulatory system in flushing chronic inflammation and bruising out of traumatized areas although should be used with care in patients with bleeding disorders and anemie.
Basil oil – Basil oil has anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting cyclooxygenase. Interestingly enough this is the same mechanism Acetaminophen (Tylenol)3 uses to reduce pain.
Peppermint – Peppermint has been shown to reduce smooth muscle spasms4 (like the muscles in your digestive tract and uterus). Muscle spasms can be a primary source of pain i.e. menstrual cramps, IBS, etc.
Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus is also anti-inflammatory and has been found to help alleviate pain via aromatherapy.
If you would like to give this product a try and support a small business this holiday season follow this link (and don’t forget to use you coupon code!) : Coast & Clearing Bath Salts
I hope this review was helpful. Please let me know if there are any kind of products you all would like me to review! If you like this post feel free to follow this blog, my facebook group We Are Warriors Facebook Group or my instagram We Are Warrior Instagram
|1||Efficacy and safety profile of a topical methyl salicylate and menthol patch in adult patients with mild to moderate muscle strain: A randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled, multicenter study, Higashi, Yoshinobu et al. Clinical Therapeutics , Volume 32 , Issue 1 , 34 - 43|
|2||Tanen, D. A., Danish, D. C., Reardon, J. M., Chisholm, C. B., Matteucci, M. J., & Riffenburgh, R. H. (2008). Comparison of Oral Aspirin Versus Topical Applied Methyl Salicylate for Platelet Inhibition. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 42(10), 1396-1401. doi:10.1345/aph.1l128|
|3||Högestätt, E. D., Jönsson, B. A., Ermund, A., Andersson, D. A., Björk, H., Alexander, J. P., . . . Zygmunt, P. M. (2005). Conversion of Acetaminophen to the BioactiveN-Acylphenolamine AM404 via Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase-dependent Arachidonic Acid Conjugation in the Nervous System. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 280(36), 31405-31412. doi:10.1074/jbc.m501489200|
|4||Sousa, A. A., Soares, P. M., Almeida, A. N., Maia, A. R., Souza, E. P., & Assreuy, A. M. (2010). Antispasmodic effect of Mentha piperita essential oil on tracheal smooth muscle of rats. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 130(2), 433-436. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2010.05.012|