Ever had those days when you felt dead tired and found every muscle in your back hurting? Well, I have had my share of such days, overdoing things, trying to be a super-woman who can do it all. The result is back-breaking, literally! And I promise myself everyday to not test the limits of my body, but again, aren’t promises meant to be broken? So, for the last 4-6 months I have been suffering from neck and back pain (you must wonder what is wrong with me; first a post on stress, then on acne and now this!) But no, I promise, this is the end of my cribbing!
So, as I mentioned, I have been straining my neck and back a lot. As a result they hurt too much at the end of the day. I hate to take painkillers and therefore coax my husband to give me a back massage everyday. He obliges; but a few months ago, I realized that the oils and gels that we were using were hardly giving me any benefit. Therefore, I went on a hunt for an authentic Ayurvedic oil with therapeutic properties.
About a month ago, I discovered Narayana from Forest Essentials.
Here is a review:
The product: Narayana is an Ayurvedic body massage oil enriched with the goodness of natural ingredients like Black Sesame Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Mustard Oil, Deodaru, Eucalyptus, Camphor, Ginger etc. that impart anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties to this product. This oil is specially effective in relieving muscular aches, join pains, backaches and sprains.
What I love about the product: This oil is very soothing, in the sense that it feels very cool on the skin and instantly re-energises. But the biggest benefit is the fact that it is what it claims to be. It really works well on my sore muscles, providing a lot of relief to my aching neck and back. The oil is also very easy to work with, it is slick enough to stay on the skin for a long time (compared to some other oils that get soaked up so easily that one needs a lot of product to keep the massage going). But once done, the oil gradually gets absorbed into the skin, leaving the skin very supple. It does not break me out at all, which I am thankful for (cause we all know how painful back acne can be).
How to use it: It is advised to warm up the oil before application; to be used preferably an hour before bath. But sometimes, I keep it overnight, specially if I am in too much pain and I must admit, I sleep more fitfully that night and feel a mighty reduction in the pain after waking up.
Color and scent: Narayana is red-maroon in color but does not transfer to the clothes after a massage. Scent wise, it is a strong scent, very similar to the olden day therapeutic balms, which I suppose is a result of the camphor that is used as an ingredient. To me, it is not unpleasant at all; it in fact feels relaxing. It does linger on for sometime, but goes away completely after a bath.
Packaging: The packaging is no different from other Forest Essentials oils. It is encased in a plastic bottle with a gold screw cap on the top. The packaging is however not very travel-friendly, I wish it had a stop cap to avoid leakage in transit. However, the existing cap screws tight and the product does not leak otherwise.
Price and availability: $60 for 200ml. Available on the Forest Essentials website, at Sephora and various Forest Essentials stores.
Overall verdict: I love this oil to death! I have used a number of other Ayurvedic oils before but this one feels magical on sore muscles. I am highly impressed (and it takes a lot to impress me in the health department!). I recommend this to anyone who is in need of a good massage oil for pain relief. A big plus is that it is not tested on animals, which is why I respect Forest Essentials so much.
My rating: 9/10 (it is expensive, but amazing at the same time)