I smell like Two Old Goats. Oh, don’t wrinkle up your nose like that! I’m not talking about the barnyard beasts … I’m discussing an arthritis lotion. While I admit that it doesn’t smell like Chanel, it isn’t terribly disgusting. In fact, it smells like lavender (overpowering lavender).
I’m trying it because I’m one of the millions of people afflicted with arthritis. If you don’t have arthritis yet … wait awhile. Anybody who lives long enough will probably get it; it’s the price you pay for being too active when you are young. I’ll forewarn you: arthritis is the pits!
I heard about Two Old Goats Lotion from a friend of mine. She listened to me whine about my arthritis and said, “I wish I had brought my Two Old Goats.”
“Do whut?” I asked.
She told me about this lotion that she uses for her arthritis (which is much worse than mine) and for Fibromyalgia. She claimed that it made a dramatic difference. Although her arthritis is worse than mine, I am a much better hypochondriac, and I know she was wishing I would just hush. Hypochondria, like arthritis, runs in my family (noses run, too, but that’s a story for another time). When she raved about how this lotion helped her, I decided to try it.
The problem was that she found her Two Old Goats Lotion at a hardware store, and ours didn’t carry it. I could find it on-line, but I didn’t really want to pay for shipping until I knew it was something I wanted to use. After months of keeping my eyes peeled for it (ouch) I finally found it at a tony little shop in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas. I decided to snap up two bottles and give it a whirl.
It’s true that I was skeptical, but I have terrible arthritis in my fingers. My fingers ache all the time, and when you have arthritis you will grasp at any cure (you can’t grip it, but you will grasp). My knuckles look like they have marbles under the skin because I won’t stop stitching the Share A Square afghans I keep blabbering about. I needed something that wasn’t too greasy, since I would be working with yarn.
It turns out that Two Old Goats was developed by a woman who was a quilter and a fiber artist. She had the same concerns. She first tried using several herbs for aromatherapy, but didn’t want to use oils for it. After working with the formula she developed one that “would draw the essential oils, moisturizers and healing agents deep into the skin quickly without greasiness.”
I’ve been surprised by the results of using this stuff! I put it on the other day, when my fingers were so stiff that I could barely stitch. Within minutes, my hands felt better! It could be the “placebo effect,” but I don’t care. A placebo is good if it makes me think I don’t hurt!
The lotion contains lavender, chamomile, rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint and birch bark. Again, it might be just the smell that tricks my brain into thinking that I don’t hurt — but I don’t care.
I’m not claiming that Two Old Goats Lotion is a “miracle cure.” There is no such thing. However, for me it seems to be helping … and that’s good enough in my book.
It also has three added side-benefits:
- The smell of lavender calms me so that I can sleep at night.
- The cats don’t like the smell, so they don’t crawl all over me when I sleep.
- And the cobalt blue bottle looks just fine in my kitchen window!
So, tell me: Do you have arthritis … and, if so, what over-the-counter medication works for you?