This Is Why You're Not Cool...

Posted: Jul 30 2015

We're in the midst of the intense summer heat. For many of us, this means less workout time, sore muscles, longer muscle recovery time, lack of motivation and just an overall feeling of lethargy. 
There's no reason why you can't use plants and herbs to help maintain your physical and mental wellness throughout the summer so you can continue to do the things you love. 

Here's a bit of general information about the plant magic and essential oil benefits that we use in our muscle balm and menthol bar soap. Obviously the essential oils in our products are not taken internally, however we appreciate all aspects of herbalism and would like to include the added information for your enjoyment.

Menthol is an organic compound derived from herbs of peppermint, eucalyptus and pennyroyal.  Menthol provides a cooling sensation to the skin and the effects can be felt when inhaled or eaten. Taken internally, menthol can provide relief for cold, cough and flu symptoms. It provides relief from congestion, sore throat, and coughing. It has an amazing ability to calm stomach and intestinal issues such as nausea and gas. Menthol is also an effective topical analgesic and provides pain relief from muscle cramps, sprains and minor skin irritations. When massaged into scalp, neck and upper body, it can ease tension headaches, migraines and sinus headaches. Menthol is a natural bug and insect repellent. 

Peppermint comes from the mint plant (there are about 25 different species of mint), and is actually a natural hybrid cross between water mint and spearmint. In addition to its medicinal properties, mint leaves were rubbed on tables to welcome guests in Greece, and mint tea is still customarily offered to arriving guests in the Middle East. The benefits and functions of peppermint oil and raw leaves are abundant. It's known to effectively treat anxiety, dental issues, stomach and intestinal issues such as cramps, irritable bowel and nausea and acts as a natural decongestant. Used in massage balms and sports rubs, it's cooling properties eases tight muscles and can relieve the soreness from lactic acid build up. Peppermint oil is a natural bug and insect repellent.


Clove bud is powerful in so many ways with healing. The health benefits of clove oil can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating properties. The oil is used for treating a variety of health disorders including toothaches, indigestion, cough, asthma, headache, and stress. With the proper dilution, it can be used to sooth and treat acne. Because of  its antiseptic properties, clove oil is useful for wounds, cuts,athlete’s foot, fungal infections, and bruises. It can also be used for treating insect bites and stings. Clove oil is very strong in nature and should always be used in diluted form. Clove bud oil is a natural bug and insect repellent. 


Remember to stay well hydrated during summer months. Delicious spearmint is a cooling plant that promotes good digestion, healthy circulation, and relieves muscle tension and cramps. You can add raw mint leaves to drinks such as lemonade or make a simple tea by steeping the leaves to create an herbal remedy. Adding raw sugar or honey to your tea is a great way to help restore glycogen and promote muscle recovery due to heat and loss of fluids from sweating. For tea recipes or specific help with herbal remedies, please email Melanie directly at 

Have a cool summer and stay well. 



Disclaimer: This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.