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Why you should make arnica your running buddy


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Aching from a long run and there’s another one just around the corner? Get back on the road with arnica montana, a recovery tool of in-the-know runners, fitness fanatics (hi!), and wholesome types who don’t like to pop pills for their aches and pains.

The plant’s got a long history as a homeopathic remedy for soreness, bruising, and swelling. (It’s even a de-puffer in eye cream.) And, unlike Advil, you apply it right where you hurt.

It’s also the kind of product that smells more like high-quality natural skin-care than a clinical hand sanitizer or some of the other drugstore muscle-relief creams.

Here are five ways to get this great topical pain reliever in contact with your road-ravaged feet, muscles, and joints:

COOLING ON CONTACT
Naturopathica Arnica Muscle Gel, $24
In addition to arnica, you know what helps takes the edge off that burning, hobbling pain your quads and calves are emitting? Menthol, which provides a long-lasting cooling sensation in this gel.

BEST FOR MASSAGE
Weleda Arnica Massage Oil, $14.95
Don’t happen to have an expert (or willing) massage therapist at home? Tote this with you to your next sports or deep-tissue session.

WARMING AND SLEEP-INDUCING
MJ’s Herbals Arnica Salve, $12.99
Keep this organic salve made with warming clove oil on your bedside and apply it the night before an early run. The especially relaxing scent helps get you to sleep.

GREAT ON THE GO
Badger Sore Joint Rub, $9.45
Limp to brunch no more! This tiny tin is small enough to fit in your running jacket pocket for immediate application.

FIRST AID
Dr. Hauschka Birch Arnica Oil, $25.99
Slather this Arnica-laden oil on swollen knees, brag about how good your PR’s looking, and recline proudly.
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