It's smooth, it has a fine mix of some of the best known massage and essential oils, and it hits the spot. Another wonderful creation from Fiddler's Elbow Grease.

When I was a kid, my dad had back problems. I remember him asking me to put some Algipan (a deep heat embrocation) on his lower back for him. The sludgy pink ointment soon had my hands tingling with the heat that it raised from the wintergreen. After about 10 mins of what I later learned as massage, my dad asked me if I'd been reading my grandfather's books? 

I didn't know or realise that I had the 'knack' at that age, but a few days later my dad had been up the attic and dumped a box of books in my room for me to have a look at. There was a copy of Gray's Anatomy, a Swedish massage book, an old St John's First Aid book and many other anatomical and remedial books. A bit of a gold mine for my enquiring mind. I looked at the pictures in Gray's and tried to learn the names of the structures. I've always practised massage since, but never professionally.

(More about my grandfather in another blog here)

Did you know that massage is quite essential for the body?

In layman's terms - you have two fluids in your body. One which is pumped, blood, and the other bathes the organs and structures, Lymphatic Fluid or Lymph. This fluid removes waste byproducts from muscular activity.

A massage not only moves the lymph around an aching muscle, it also moves it back into the blood system to be 'cleaned' by the liver and kidneys. So if you're dehydrated, you're harbouring unprocessed toxins and acids in your system. Lactic acid is the by product of the muscles and if allowed to remain, forms jelly like crystals in them. We know these as knots. So with a good intake of water and a bit of gentle movement, they become diluted back into hydrated lymph and get taken back into the blood system to be filtered.

Warmth opens up capillaries - they try and cool the area down by rushing blood to the blood vessels to take the heat away. Essential oils such as wintergreen (methyl salycilate) and ginger oil agitate the skin to create a heat. 

There is a lovely heat drawing oil called Kwan Loong oil from Asia. It also contains wintergreen, eucalyptus, peppermint and spike lavender. It's a little known oil but I've managed to create my own version with a hint of clove too. I use this in at a 2% ratio in my base oil - which also contains ginger and frankincense - and of course, extracted hemp.

Diamond oil comes in a glass roller ball tube. There is a purpose to this. The roller ball gets into muscles, soft tissues and facia structures deep under the skin. It's a deep tissue massager! It's available in 10ml glass tubes which makes them less messy and no need for further hand contact.

Click here for small 1ml roller ball sample of Diamond Oil.