The bounty provided by Mother Nature can offer us so much, from fresh fruit and vegetables to flavorful herbs and stunning flowers. Not only do such goods grace our tables and color our homes, they also serve a purpose in the world of massage therapy and bodywork. Many of the most popular massage creams contain a long list of ingredients derived directly from Mother Nature.

There most likely are not many massage or bodywork clients who would say they prefer a massage cream containing synthetic, artificial ingredients over a massage cream packed with elements straight from the earth. In addition, there most likely are not many massage therapists and bodyworkers who would consciously choose the synthetic, artificial massage cream over the natural one.

Manufacturers of massage creams and other lubricants are well aware of these trends, which is why there are, fortunately, so many massage creams on the market that contain a large quantity of natural ingredients versus synthetic ones. It does not hurt that Mother Nature has provided these manufacturers with plenty of helpful elements to choose from when it comes to crafting great massage creams.

Among these elements are nuts, berries, leaves, roots, flowers, vegetables and more. Typically, these natural items go through a processing procedure that allows the manufacturers of massage creams to extract key elements for the creation of their product.

For example, shea nuts are crushed to create shea butter, which often serves as a key component in rich massage creams, especially those that aim to provide the perk of lush moisture to clients’ skin. Along the same lines, cocoa beans are crushed and heated to derive the cocoa butter that also is frequently featured in massage creams.

As you set out to select a massage cream that contains predominantly natural ingredients, you may want to do a bit of research to make sure you are staying as close to Mother Nature as you and your clients desire.

In other words, you will most likely want to make sure that a massage cream that boasts a long list of natural ingredients on its label actually contains high levels of those ingredients. For example, a massage cream might say it is made with carrot and avocado oil, shea butter and various essential oils; however, the ingredient list may also contain several of those long and hard to pronounce words that so often indicate the incorporation of synthetic ingredients.

If this is the case, you may want to call the manufacturer, or at the very least visit the company’s website, in an effort to find out exactly what those long and hard to pronounce words are and what purpose they serve in the massage cream. While you’re at it, attempt to discern the amount of each of those natural ingredients that is actually in the massage cream.

No one wants to purchase a massage cream for the bounty of its natural ingredients only to find out those elements are present in miniscule quantities as compared to the synthetic ingredients in the massage cream.

Do your homework, and it should not be difficult to find a massage cream that truly does represent the treasures of our planet.

–Brandi Schlossberg