Along with other natural and plant-based ingredients, herbs may be able to deliver unique benefits when used in a massage cream. Here are a few well-known ingredients to be on the lookout for when shopping for an herbal massage cream:
When people feel the need to calm down, whether after a busy day at work, to relax before bed or just to stay sane during a busy day, many tend to reach for Roman chamomile. Often found in teas, this herb can create similar sensations via massage cream.
The flowers from Roman chamomile serve as the source of this plant’s power in the context of massage therapy, according to the National Library of Medicine. Reportedly, it has the ability to help alleviate pain and swelling, as well as minor skin irritations, when applied to the skin.
Often listed on ingredient labels as red clover blossom, this herb has been found to help soothe skin. The topical application of products containing clover blossom have been used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and other rashes, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
A common ingredient in massage creams and oils, lavender has also been found to have soothing effects. Aromatherapists often reach for oils derived from this herb to help alleviate headaches, exhaustion and nervous disorders.
Studies have even suggested that lavender “may result in improved sleep quality, more stable mood, better concentration and reduced anxiety,” according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.