On the 20th September, this happened. Rocksolid 2014.
With a truly lovely bunch of ladies, I ran (sort of, mostly, with the occasional pause to take in the view…) 10km and made it over 40 obstacles, involving barbed wire, leaping into lakes, water slides, ditches, trenches, walls (lots of walls) and more mud than I’ve EVER seen ever. (Ever.)
It was in my EARS. The large picture, top left, was the point at which I abandoned any hope of ever feeling clean again. That’s me, holding my nose before totally submerging myself in mud custard, probably wondering what part of my brain was on holiday when I agreed to do that.
Back in July, when I went to Love Natural, Love Organic at Olympia, I knew this was going to happen. I’d signed up to bootcamp classes and I was braced for some serious exercise. So I picked up Bathing Beauty’s Jones the Bones Muscle and Joint Oil. After all, if I was going to be in pain, there had to be an upside. And the lovely sales assistant on the BB stand swore it would transform my body.
Bathing Beauty was a brand that was new to me at LNLO. Founder and osteopath, George Jones co-owns the Well Street Clinic, a complementary health care centre in North Wales. In fact, George still handmakes all of her products in her Ruthin workshop using a range of ingredients that are wild harvested, home grown or sourced from fair trade producers.
I can’t say hand on heart Jones the Bones transformed my body in quite the same way that hefting myself around three months worth of outdoor bootcamp classes did, but it became a really wonderful part of my post exercise routine. The blend of lavender, rosemary, marjoram and roman chamomile is now entirely associated in my mind with the satisfaction of a job well done and the promise of at least an hour on the sofa with a good book.
The blend is also packed with hypericum, macerated in sunflower oil, which, to quote BB’s website: ‘…has been used by herbalists since the Middle Ages to treat wounds and traumatic injuries, especially those in nerve rich areas….[and] has long been recognised to have an anti-inflammatory action.’
I think bootcamp counts as a traumatic injury, right?
The oil is super value at £12.95 for 100ml and the action of smoothing it into my exercise-frazzled limbs made me feel rejuvenated and probably did help with the dreaded DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). I saved it for post-exercise showers and my bottle is still going strong. A definite repurchase (particularly since I’ve caught the bootcamp bug and have carried on going post-race).
Bathing Beauty’s Jones the Bones Muscle and Joint Oil, available from their website.
Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera, (Grapeseed oil) Hypericum Perforatum,( st John’s Wort Oil), Anthemis Nobilis,( Roman Chamomile essential oil), Lavender Grosso, (Lavender essential oil) Rosemarinus Officinalis, (Rosemary essential oil), Origanum Majorana (Marjoram essential oil) *Limonene, *Linalool, *Citronellol *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate. *naturally occurring in essential oils.