Potter’s Herbals

 

 

We’ve been testing the herbal health remedies from Potter’s Herbals for a few months now and it’s time to share our experience of these fabulous products, which help you to be the very best version of yourself, naturally, every day.

We’ve been testing the herbal health remedies from Potter’s Herbals for a few months now and it’s time to share our experience of these fabulous products, which help you to be the very best version of yourself, naturally, every day.

 

Potter's Muscle Rub Gel is a light gel, which boasts a blend of six different herbs, Wintergreen, Rosemary, Bergamot, Lavender, Peppermint and Thyme

 

It is worth a quick look at the company behind the brand, because Potter’s Herbals were established way back in 1812 and to our mind 200-year plus of developing high quality, natural solutions speaks volumes in itself.  The company was founded by Henry Potter who developed the art of blending plant ingredients to create natural medicines and today they continue that tradition with a range of products aimed at delivering everyday health and also supporting specific health needs, including joint health, brain health, energy support, coughs, colds and flu, nutritional remedies, skin blemishes and digestion.

 

So Potter’s is a brand than has been around for generations and we were excited to try two products, both of which are aimed at supporting active people and offer a natural solution to help the body recover from exercise.

 

Potter's Muscle Rub Gel is a light gel, which boasts a blend of six different herbs, Wintergreen, Rosemary, Bergamot, Lavender, Peppermint and Thyme, which together promise to stimulate peripheral circulation, help maintain healthy skin and provide a soothing, revitalising effect.

 

All of that sounds great to us and so we have been applying the gel to our legs after heavy training sessions.  First of all the gel feels fabulous, it is slightly cooling – peppermint will do that – and the smell is nicely medicinal.  If you are not familiar with the smell of Wintergreen it is hard to describe, the best we can do is tell you that is it strong, clean, slightly minty and floral but definitely medicinal.  It is the strongest smell of the six herbs in this magical gel and the one that overwhelmingly comes through.

 

We followed the instructions and gently massaged Potters Muscle Rub Gel into our quads, calves and lower back – essentially where you feel you have worked your body – and we did this daily after training.  The gel is quickly absorbed and non-sticky, so there is no problem with getting dressed after application and it does not have any greasy residue.

 

 

We absolutely loved the way it felt.  It was a little bit moisturising thanks to the oils and very soothing.  Of course it is impossible to quantify the rejuvenating effects based on a sample of one, but the efficacy of the herbs is well established and so we have no reason to doubt it does exactly what it promises and in the crazy world we live in, this feels like a little bit of reviving care that we can all benefit from.

 

The second product we tried was Potter's Comfrey Oil an aromatic herbal massage oil containing comfrey (also known as Knitbone) and Eucalyptus.  The oil promises healing and anti-inflammatory effects along with allantoin (found in Comfrey), a substance thought to speed up wound healing by stimulating the growth of new cells.

 

Comfrey has long been used in herbal medicine for its ability to promote the healing of bones and muscles.  More recently this intuitive knowledge has been backed up by research which has shown it can speed up cellular 'mitosis', which essentially means is accelerates new tissue growth and recovery.  This is teamed with Eucalyptus which is celebrated for reviving tired muscles and boosting circulation

 

Potter’s Comfrey Oil is a light oil which can be used as a massage base if you are lucky enough to get one of those, or self-applied to joints or sore muscles.  The smell is mild and overall rather nice, which makes it pleasant to use.  Potter’s suggest it can be applied to any area of the body where you feel pain; muscular or joint based, including DOMS, sprains, strains, bruises, bumps and osteoarthritis – essentially anywhere you hurt or are suffering from inflammation. 

 

We have been rubbing it over tired muscles, a number of aches and pains, and some impressive bruises sustained in training.  We found it soothed both nicely.  It is wonderfully moisturising and quickly absorbed into the skin leaving it feeling soft and supple.

 

The benefits of Comfrey are well documented, for example a 2010 study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine including 120 patients with acute upper or lower back pain found that pain intensity decreased an average of 95.2% in the group given comfrey ointment compared to 37.8% in the placebo group).  Other studies document the ability of comfrey to treat wounds.

 

Overall we loved the natural health and healing offered by the Potter’s Herbals products we tried.  They felt amazing, smelt good and did exactly as they promised – supported us in achieving our goals despite our best efforts to break ourselves on a regular basis.  A cycling survival kit essential.

 

Potter's Muscle Rub Gel 100ml RRP £7.25

Potter's Comfrey Oil 75ml RRP £3.20

We found some great deals on Potter’s products at Holland & Barrett

 

Value for money: 9/10

Performance: 9/10

 

Tested by Jan Birkmyre

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