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Rub It In: Natural Muscle Rubs

If long hours in the yard have your body feeling twice its age, then ache no more. Natural muscle rubs infused with pain relievers from the plant world are just what the integrative doctor ordered.

Ingredient: Arnica
How It Works
The compounds that make this flower poisonous if ingested give it strong anti-inflammatory power in topical treatments. Those allergic to daisies should avoid.
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Naturopathica Arnica Muscle & Joint Bath and Body Oil, $32, naturopathica.com

Ingredient: Camphor
How It Works
The aromatic leaves from this evergreen tree stimulate circulation while carrying away pain-causing chemicals.
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Huiles & Baumes Alpine S.O.S. Balm, $42, spacenk.com

Ingredient: Cayenne
How It Works
Capsaicin, a compound found in pepper, reduces levels of a chemical that transmits pain messages from the skin to the brain. (Note: First test a small area to see how you'll react.)
Find It In
Badger Balm Sore Muscle Rub, $9, badgerbalm.com

Ingredient: Peppermint
How It Works
Found in peppermint leaves and flowers, menthol creates a cooling sensation while reducing inflammation and relaxing muscles.
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Lather Muscle Ease, $16, lather.com

Ingredient: Rosemary
How It Works
The essential oil in the herb's flowers and leaves stimulates circulation, which helps to reduce pain and speed healing.
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Origins Muscle-Easing, $15, origins.com

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