Ever had a really hard climbing session that just leaves your muscles aching for days? We’re always looking for a drug free way to manage any aches and pains and often natural muscle rubs and therapies can provide a good solution. Today we review DoTERRA essential oil Deep Blue muscle rub. Will it provide a way to ease aches and pains? Emily from Womenclimb tried it out after a hard day in the mountains; its time to find out her verdict:
DoTERRA produce a range of essential oils and blends and they seek to ensure that all their ingredients are sourced from small farms and harvesters in disadvantaged areas of the world and that they are treated ethically. They also have a Healing Hands foundation which creates micro loans and donates to community projects and small businesses in developing countries.
The Deep Blue range is aimed at providing a natural treatment for muscle aches and pains. Containing a blend of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus is smells amazing.
In the trial I received 2 sachets of the Deep Blue rub to try which I saved for a recent mountaineering trip overseas. I decided to try the product after a long 1500m descent from a mountain which had left my thighs feeling very tight and sore, and a calf injury I sustained earlier in the year was making itself known again.
My initial impression of Deep Blue is that it has a slightly masculine smell, which might be the camphor and peppermint. Its also a very strong smell which is a little overpowering at first. The cream smells strongly of peppermint which gets in the throat a little!
I don’t know why but had expected a gel but it’s a cream which rubs in easily and is not greasy on your skin. The sachet had about 2ml of the cream which was more than enough to do my sore calf and both achy thighs, so a little goes a long way.
Did it cure my aches and pains?
Not really, but it certainly made my thighs feel better for a short while and the smell is very relaxing and its a really good alternative to Ibuprofen gels. I could feel the cool tingling a little on the skin after rubbed in and the cool tingling sensation remains for quite a long time after and is really soothing.
How much is it and where can I buy it?
Its not a cheap product, but a little goes a really long way. You can find it currently on Amazon – a 4oz tube is £37.88, but we’d prefer you shopped with DoTerra’s consultants who can often get you a discount and helps you support self employment.
Many thanks to Lea-Ann Wadleigh at Essential Focus for the sample to try.
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Belay glasses seem to be all the rage at the moment. They’re a save-all for your neck, according to the manufacturers and thankfully the cost of a pair has reduced dramatically in recent times. Today we review the Climbing Frog brand of belay glasses, which come in at less than half the price of some premium brands (with 10% off for 10 of our readers, so get in quick). But… do you get less bang for your buck or are these a winning pair of neck-saving specs? Beth and Emily from Womenclimb both tried them out independently; it’s time to find out their verdict:
FrictionLabs is a US based climbing chalk company currently boasting to have manufactured the highest purity of magnesium carbonate chalk on the market. “Why is this so great?!”I hear you ask. Well, chalk is a combination of magnesium carbonate and calcium carbonate. The former traps moisture, leaving surfaces dry and the latter attaches water to the outside of the molecule, leaving surfaces moist. It is claimed by the team at FrictionLabs that this makes their chalk last longer, safer to inhale and is less likely to dry out the skin.
We put this fancy new climbing chalk to the test…….
Very soon the UK is getting Friction Labs’ new chalk products. We’ve got our hands on some to test out and give you the lowdown. Our tester, Beth gives her fully tested review of the chalk ball, followed here by her review of the full fantastical selection of loose chalk. It’s true, there are many types of chalk. We never knew, but we do now and so can you: