New Badger Balm Products

from Jennifer Banister Personal Care Department Manager

Hello everyone, this month I’m highlighting some of the new Badger Balm products we just got in. Don’t forget you can browse the Badger Company catalog (on the Personal Care shelf) and order new products you would like to try.

Muscle Rub: Original Blend

Made with Cayenne and Ginger; gently soothes and relaxes sore muscles. Stimulates your circulation to warm and loosen muscles before and after exercise. Claims to be the “best-smelling muscle rub in the universe”!


Sore Joint Rub: Arnica Blend

Double the cayenne extract of the Original Muscle Rub, plus CO2 Extracts of Black Pepper and Arnica Montana. A soothing, warming joint rub that really works!


Sore Muscle Rub: Cooling Blend

Camphor, Cajeput and Clove combine to penetrate deeply to soothe your strained muscles. Peppermint and Eucalyptus add to the cooling sensation.

CAUTION: May irritate some skin types. Test on small area of skin before full use. To remove, use baking soda and cold water.


Sore Muscle Rub: Extra Strength

Feels like the sun warming your skin. Great for stiffness due to strenuous exercise or after a long day weeding or gardening.

Migraine Headache Remedies

This Month: Migraine Headache Remedies

30 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraine headaches, women being three times more likely than men to get them. No one is absolutely sure why some people get them and others don’t, but it seems that people who get migraines have more sensitive brains. When the sensitive brain is bombarded by outside and inside stimuli, cells in the cortex of the brain become hyper excited and start a process of electrical discharge. This causes blood vessels to dilate, which inflames surrounding tissues, leading to throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head, nausea and sensitivity to light. Before the headache, about a third of people say they experience an aura–flashes of light, blind spots or zigzag lines, or tingling in the face and arm. In women, hormone levels are to blame.

Certain foods and substances (perfumes, food preservatives) can trigger migraines, so keeping track of what you eat may help identify some of these. Keeping regular hours and eating on schedule can help avoid blood sugar fluctuations that may also cause a sensitive brain to start aching.

Regular exercise stimulates the production of endorphins, the brain’s natural pain killer. Relaxation exercises, massage and acupuncture are helpful.

Ginger has been used for thousands of years as an anti-inflammatory. It helps with morning sickness, sea sickness, motion sickness and nausea. Drinking home-made ginger tea as you feel a headache coming helps. Ginger root is very available for making your own tea.

The mineral that has been shown to be of utmost importance when it comes to migraine headaches is magnesium. Studies have consistently shown that people with migraines are magnesium deficient. Oral magnesium supplementation over a four week period has been shown to help relieve migraines in 41% of the patients. In another study, a group of 3,000 patients were given 200 mg. of magnesium daily, with an 80% reduction in migraine symptoms.

It can be very helpful to massage the head and neck with magnesium oil. Keep the head elevated – this will decrease pressure and help ease the pain. A quarter teaspoon of powdered magnesium under the tongue, such as Natural Calm, can also ease the pain.

Life-flo Pure Magnesium Oil and Natural Vitality Magnesium powder are available at the Baker Food Co-op Life-flo Pure Magnesium Oil and Natural Vitality Magnesium powder are available at the Co-op