5 Powerful Ingredients For Muscle Recovery
Green Lotus’ Freeze CBD Cream is specially formulated to aid in muscle recovery and mental and physical relaxation.
Best used after activity or exercise, Freeze CBD cream is like a CBD-infused ice pack. You get the power of CBD, plus ingredients that actively reduce soreness and soothe overworked muscles and joints.
We’ve put together a list of the top five ingredients that make Freeze CBD Cream work for people of all ages, fitness levels, and lifestyles.
Arnica Montana Flower Extract: For Muscle Relief and Relaxation
The yellow Arnica Montana Flower is a perennial that comes from the arctic region of Siberia. It’s a fragrant plant (also called wolf’s bane) in the sunflower family that grows 1-2 feet tall. The extract is taken from the flower head.
Arnica Montana extract is used therapeutically to promote healthy anti-inflammatory responses in your muscles. It’s especially popular among massage therapists for deep tissue work.
Why Our Formulators Chose Arnica Montana Extract
We chose Arnica Montana extract for its rich natural chemical profile, including sesquiterpene lactones (specifically, helenalin and dihydro helenalin) that are proven to reduce the activity of chemicals that cause muscles to become inflamed.1
Arnica Montana is one of the most dynamic ingredients in Freeze CBD Cream. It aids in the recovery process for both overworked muscles and irritated joints.
Menthol: For Pleasant Cooling
Menthol — also called peppermint camphor — is derived from peppermint and other mint plants.
It was first isolated almost 250 years ago, and is used as an active ingredient in medicines, topicals, and to add natural, fresh flavor to foods and beverages.
Menthol is simply effective at providing a localized cooling sensation. That’s why it’s used in such a wide range of products.
Why Our Formulators Chose Menthol
Menthol helps you to feel good after activities like running, biking, or lifting weights. It’s key to Freeze’s ability to soothe tired and sore muscles post-workout. Like arnica montana, menthol can also provide comfort to joints and tendons.
As a topical, studies have even shown that menthol is more effective than ice in that regard2. And to further increase potency, we’ve bumped up the menthol in Freeze by 25%.
We’ve found that to maximize active ingredients like menthol, Freeze is best used after a cool down, but we’ve also enjoyed its benefits at the end of the day, on tired or aching feet or hands.
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract: Works on Your Skin
Chamomilla recutita extract comes from the same flower used to make chamomile tea. You might know it as German chamomile. It’s a member of the daisy family, and though it now grows worldwide, it’s native to southern and eastern Europe.
In topical form, chamomile extract comforts your skin after exercise, leaving it nourished and moisturized. It’s used in creams, ointments, and cosmetics.
Why Our Formulators Chamomilla Recutita Extract
The two major components of chamomile extract we wanted to tap into for Freeze’s post-workout healing capabilities are apigenin and alpha-bisabolol. Apigenin is a flavonoid that has a number of therapeutic effects, like muscle relaxation3, while Alpha-bisabolol stimulates your skin’s healing processes and acts as an anti-irritant.4
Chamomile extract also contains several other active components to aid in your recovery by promoting your body’s anti-inflammatory activities and generally healthy skin5,6, including:
- Vitamin B-Complex
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Vera): Soothes After Exercise
Aloe vera, often called the “wonder plant,” is a short-stemmed succulent native to the Arabian peninsula. It’s from the same family as onion and garlic, but obviously a lot more pleasant.
Aloe vera’s benefits to the skin and hair, healing properties, and ability to contribute to healthy cholesterol are well known — it’s been popular therapeutically for thousands of years.
Pure aloe is used as a topical gel, but aloe vera juice is widely-consumed too. It’s also a key ingredient in all kinds of ointments, shampoos, and lotions.
Why Our Formulators Chose Aloe Leaf Extract
Aloe vera’s ability to mend or heal your skin7 is a big part of why Freeze CBD Cream is effective on abrasions and other surface-level discomforts.
A sports medicine standby, aloe vera is great for aching muscles — on the neck and shoulders, for example. Its ability to reduce muscle soreness will allow you to quickly recover from exercise and be ready for your next session.
And aloe vera adds to Freeze’s welcome cooling sensation, perfect for helping you relax after a workout or long day.
Dimethyl Isosorbide: The Ideal Delivery System
Dimethyl isosorbide is a 100% pure, sustainable carrier solvent extracted from sugar.
It’s one of the most popular and effective carriers in high-end cosmetics, with a long history of safe, effective usage in serums, skincare products, and oils.
Why Our Formulators Chose Dimethyl Isosorbide
We choose a carrier that allows the active ingredients in Freeze CBD Cream to effectively absorb into irritated muscles.
Dimethyl isosorbide is a fast-acting delivery system (that’s why we say Freeze CBD Cream “absorbs on contact”). Dimethyl also contributes to Freeze CBD Cream’s non-greasy, light texture.
Green Lotus™ Freeze CBD Cream: It Works
- 100 mg of CBD
- FDA-Compliant Manufacturing Practices
- Paraben Free. Non-GMO.
And you can see why Freeze is the ideal post-exercise CBD cream. Interested? Give it a try here.
Until next time,
- Your friends @ Green Lotus Hemp
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- Behm, D., Grover, V., Topp, R. and Johar, P., 2020. A Comparison Of Topical Menthol To Ice On Pain, Evoked Tetanic And Voluntary Force During Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. [online] PubMed Central (PMC). Available at: <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3362986/>
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