Skin Creams, Ointments, Liniments and What They Do
If you’ve ever used some sort of cream or ointment, it’s probably because you’re experiencing some sort of pain and you want it to go away. While many ointments exist to help cure skin irritations such as chafing and saddle sores, some of them do the trick and others don’t. In some cases they are often passed on as being all natural, and yet they’re loaded with chemicals.
A Brief History of Embrocations and Skin Creams
An embrocation is a type of medicine that is rubbed into the skin, such as liniment. These creams have a long and storied history, dating back thousands of years. Natural skin cream, in particular, has its origins dating back all the way to Egypt around 4,000 BC, where these treatments were first derived to heal irritating skin conditions. Granted, the ingredients were natural, yet often contained a wacky mix of bile, olive oil, ostrich eggs, resin, dough and milk. The ingredients have changed over the years, while still staying true to its organic intention, as many of today’s skin creams contain ingredients such as safflower oil, beeswax, jojoba, witch hazel, aloe and tea tree oil, to name a few. Go to a spa and you’ll find many varieties of these products with all natural ingredients.
Over time, these concoctions would be discovered to have natural healing properties and countless varieties of unique creams and ointments have appeared to solve a plethora of skin issues, or even make you look younger. The emphasis here was on natural, which over time led many to create their own remedies at home for skin irritations and ailments.
As skin creams and lotions have evolved over the years, liniments or embrocations remain the most popular methods for helping to deal with muscle aches, pains, cramps, sprains, and skin irritations. They even predate natural skin creams by about 3,000 years…so clearly they were onto something.
What Embrocations Actually Do
Most embrocations are used for afflictions such as arthritis or muscle ailments and feature ingredients such as alcohol and aromatic chemical compounds such as methyl salicilate, benzoin resin, or capsaicin. Interestingly enough, liniments are frequently used on horses legs after a race or a ride to help soothe any pain they may experience, or to help them cool off in hot weather.
If you spend a lot of time typing at your computer, your hands will probably hurt over time, so it’s not unusual to use some sort of ointment to heal any possible cramping in your fingers and hands. And if you do a fair share of bicycling or running, you’ll probably experience some pain, so it’s normal to use some type of bicycle or chamois cream to help heal your muscles after a work out.
Bicycling and Doc’s Natural Chamois Cream
If you’re a bicyclist, no doubt you’ve had problems with chafing and maybe you’ve tried a variety of creams that just don’t cut the mustard. Doc’s Natural Chamois Cream is one such solution that features over 95% all-natural ingredients, such as Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Juice, Cocs nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel), Tea Tree Oil, and Citric Acid. Doc’s provides a longer lasting, natural protection against chafing, when compared to other products. Where other chamois creams can often loaded with chemicals, Doc’s is all-natural, so you don’t have to worry about poisoning yourself with toxic chemicals or any petroleum based ingredients that will clog your skin. And it definitely comes in handy if you’re taking a long bicycle ride.
Doc’s is the best cycling chamois cream out there, so give it a whirl…you’ll be pleased with the results.