By Lauren Panoff, MPH, RD
Zebra CBD Balm was made specifically for athletes and active people who want quick relief from muscle and joint discomfort in topical form. Our natural balm is a CBD topical that comes in a convenient, compact tin and contains nine botanical ingredients, including third-party tested CBD oil, that work together to alleviate joint and muscle discomfort. As an added bonus, scents of eucalyptus, lavender and spearmint oils impart an immediate sense of calm while the balm goes to work on sore muscles and joints.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil appears to have several benefits for skin integrity and healing — many of which can be attributed to its zinc, Vitamin B, beta-zoosterol, squalene and alpha-tocopherol content. Studies have shown that almond oil can reduce postoperative scarring, increase moisture content, and improve skin condition, which is why it’s often used in the cosmetic industry.
A rich source of Vitamins C and E and lauric acid, coconut oil has been shown to improve skin health. It is easily absorbed and has a protective effect on the skin. Coconut oil has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years in the treatment of wounds and microbial infections.
Studies have shown that components of avocado oil alleviate joint aches and reduce inflammation. A 2016 study found that people using avocado and soybean oil experienced a reduction in discomfort and an improvement in quality of life. Avocado oil may also promote healthy aging through its beneficial effects on the skin.
Cocoa Seed Butter
Cocoa seed butter is often used in skin moisturizing products for its ability to hydrate and improve elasticity. This is often attributed to its fatty acid content, which may form a protective barrier over the skin and prevent dryness.
Derived from central Africa, shea butter is a rich and creamy oil often used to repair dry and cracked skin. A 2014 study looking at the effects of topical use of shea butter on animals found that it was useful for moisturizing skin, reducing inflammation and possibly promoting healthy aging.
Eucalyptus oil appears to have pain management properties with applications for muscles and joints. A 2013 study found that even the simple inhalation of eucalyptus oil was effective in reducing joint soreness as well as blood pressure among patients who had recently undergone total knee replacement surgery.
Aromatherapy using lavender oil can be effective for treating muscle strains as well as improving skin conditions, headaches, burns, stress and potentially even immune function.
Spearmint and Peppermint Oils
These oils come from the two most popular types of mint, and have been shown to be beneficial in reducing inflammation, relaxing muscles, managing arthritic conditions and relieving muscle spasms when used topically or through aromatherapy.
Premium CBD Oil
Many studies indicate a promising role for cannabinoids in the management of inflammation and discomfort. Our Zebra CBD Balm contains high-quality CBD oil derived through a gentle process of CO2 extraction, which helps maintain its purity and range of natural components.
With the myriad benefits of the botanicals in our CBD Balm, you’ll want to keep it on hand so it’s available any time you have aches or discomfort in your muscles or joints. With the relaxing scents imparted by essential oils plus the quick relief it provides, you might even want to keep tins stowed both in your gym bag and at home.