Words & Photos: Marthinus Esmeyer
Before I was asked to test out the Badger Sore Muscle Rub range, I had never even heard of their products. Looking at their website, I discovered that Badger produces a whole range of natural health and wellness products, among others, including Stress Soother, Headache Soother, Sleep Balm, Baby Balm, Cuticle Care, Sore Muscle Rub, Anti-Bug Balm and sunscreens, to name but a few. The entire range of Badger products are 100% natural and USDA certified organic, so I was quite keen to test out their sore muscle rubs.
I had just started training again after a rest period, so the products came at a really good time. The first rub I tried was the Sore Muscle Rub Original, with cayenne and ginger, as I knew about the natural benefits of cayenne pepper (I drink cayenne pepper to prevent ailments like colds, sore throats and blocked sinuses). I applied it to a tight muscle on the one leg, putting nothing on the other. When applied, the rub had a warm feel to it and stayed warm for a while after application. Just keep your hands away from your face while applying it though. The next day there was a definite difference in tightness between the two legs, and I was quite surprised to feel a difference so quickly. This rub worked best for me before exercise and bedtime.
Coming back from carrying a heavy backpack on a canyoning trip, my shoulders and neck muscles were very tight and sore. My wife, Shauna, applied the Sore Muscle Rub Cooling Blend to my aching muscles directly after trip. Then later that evening, before bed, she applied the Sore Muscle Rub - Original. The next day, my muscles were a lot less sore and a lot looser than they normally would be and as good as new the following day.
Shauna also used the Cooling Blend Rub after her mountain bike training sessions, and the results were the same. The rub definitely helped ease stiff muscles and sped up recovery. Shauna also liked the smell of the products and could feel a difference between uses, especially when not applying the rub to a certain area and applying to another.
I also had a cycling friend, Louis Venter, try out the products. Commented Louis, "I used the Sore Muscle Rub Extra Strength for an old knee injury, Regular Jumpers Knee (Tendonitis). I have used a number of other products in the past so I thought it would be good to see how this natural product reacts and compares. I applied the rub in the evening and massaged the affected areas, which left a warm sensation that lasted up to three hours. The next morning, my left knee felt better and there was reduced discomfort. Massaging the rub in was also of obvious benefit. I initially found the product a bit sticky and more difficult to apply, but this wouldn’t stop me from using the rub or recommending it to other people."
So in conclusion, I found the Cooling Blend rub great to use after exercise, and the cayenne-based rubs were better for more serious pains and to warm up muscles.
This range of natural muscle rubs does what the company claims; soothes sore, stiff muscles and joints, while also helping to speed up recovery. Now that I have been introduced to this product I will definitely continue to use it in the future.
To find out more about the Badger range of certified organic and natural skin care products, visit www.badgerbalm.com