Smell (Irrelevant to effects)
The second you open the jar, your nostrils will be hit with the distinct smell of clove, nutmeg, peppermint, and orange. The mild, yet pleasant aroma is sweet, refreshing and citrusy. The smell of the Muscle Recovery salve reminded us of a bowl of potpourri—natural and floral. The Muscle Recovery from Ambary Gardens smells much more intense and more therapeutic/medicinal than their Deep Rub.
The consistency of this product is soft and buttery. The salve has a gentle grain to it and turns creamy as you rub it in. It’s easy to apply and feels soothing as soon as it begins melting into your skin. The consistency is great for rubbing in—would be excellent to use as massage oil. The rub itself is off-white in color.
Effects (Onset, Duration, Intensity)
The effects are impressive—muscle tension begins to let up very quickly. We found that the Muscle Recovery rub effects can begin to be felt within 5 to 20 minutes. The duration depended on where the rub was applied and what the ailment was, but overall, it lasted a couple of hours. We used the Muscle Recovery salve after the gym and found it to work wonders on sore, tight muscles. It is worth noting that this salve does not produce an icy/hot sensation.
Best Used For
In our experience, the Muscle Recovery works best on strained, tired, and sore muscles. Whether you work out regularly or are simply getting older—this salve will do the trick. The CBD in the Muscle Recovery rub helps reduce inflammation and cut down on muscle recovery time. Whether it’s your back, neck or legs that are in pain, the Muscle Recovery rub is sure to provide the relief you seek. Alternatively, if you’re looking to relieve joint pain and arthritis, we recommend the Deep Rub from Ambary Gardens instead.
Best used with (Complimentary Product)
This is a localized product, meaning it will only provide relief to the area that it was applied. That said, we recommend combining this product with the Full Spectrum Daily Tinctures for systemic relief. The tinctures will help further reduce pain and inflammation from the inside out. For those seeking immediate, full-body relief, we suggest pairing with the 99% CBD Isolate or the pre-filled CBD Vaporizer Cartridges from Ambary Gardens.
There are many CBD companies making topical salves. There are two main factors to consider when choosing a topical salve: was the starting material grown organically and are there any synthetic ingredients are in the salve? In the case of the Muscle Recovery topical, the hemp starting material was grown all organically and the salve contains no nasty chemical ingredients (it contains 100% plant-derived ingredients). This means the Muscle Recovery salve from Ambary Gardens passes our CBD buyers guide test.
We’ve found that topical salves that include THC, as well as CBD, seem to be the most effective. That said, this Muscle Recovery is one of the best CBD-only topical salves we have tested.
What Customers Say
“So done with Icy Hot after discovering this rub! Makes post-game stretching so much more enjoyable.” – Rob
This product has a total of 250mg of organic CBD in a 2oz. jar—meaning this topical salve has the same amount of cannabinoids as the Deep Rub from Ambary Gardens, just distributed into twice as much salve. This was a conscious decision to provide the consumer with the same amount of CBD in a larger jar—so you can apply it to larger affected areas (muscles are larger than joints). The jar lasted us a very long time. Obviously, the larger the area you apply to, the more product you’ll use with each application.
Directions: Apply topical as needed. For external use only.
Ingredients: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Arnica, Sweet Almond Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Calendula, Hemp Derived CBD Extract, and Essential Oils of Clove, Nutmeg, Sweet Orange, Peppermint.
Formulated by hand in small batches with 100% plant derived ingredients (separation may occur). No synthetic fragrances, parabens, or sulfates. Vegan & cruelty free.