Available at Walgreens and www.asteeza.com; $12.99 for 2 ounces
The pitch: “Asteeza is a unique and remarkable formula blend composed of natural herbal ingredients that provides maximum and instant soothing relief related to muscular and joint aches, arthritis, sports related injuries, bruising inflammation and more.”
The skinny: A few months ago, I received several small samples of Asteeza pain relief cream. And it couldn’t have come at a better time. I somehow injured my elbow while exercising and could barely move it.
But I’m one of those people who doesn’t like ointments like Bengay, Biofreeze or Icy Hot, which leave you smelling like your grandmother’s medicine cabinet and give the area either an uncomfortable icy numbness or fiery sensation.
Asteeza is formulated with arnica montana, natila sativa, bay oil, anise eucalyptus, cajeput, lemon oil, aloe vera, petroleum gel and vegetable oil. The first seven ingredients are known for their pain-relieving qualities.
As soon as I opened the jar and took a whiff of Asteeza, we were off to a good start. It has a very mild scent. No one could smell on me — not even my husband, who has a nose like a bloodhound. I rubbed it on my elbow and it soaked into my skin within minutes, leaving a light sheen. And it wasn’t sticky. This isn’t a cream; it’s more like petroleum jelly.
I was completely taken by surprise when after just a few minutes my pain slowly began to subside. If this worked for me, I wanted others to give it a try. I gave samples to friends and family members suffering everything from arthritic knees to back pain, shoulder pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.
All reported pain relief, to varying degrees. The two suffering from severe shoulder pain said it took the edge off, while the back pain sufferer noticed a slight improvement. Everyone else was overjoyed. I liked it so much, I went to Walgreens and bought another jar. I rubbed it into my elbow every few hours for several months, and my elbow eventually healed. Now, I keep a jar of Asteeza on my night stand at the ready.