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Cinderella’s Hearth: Amish-Inspired Pain Relief

Yes, you read the title correctly. I really am recommending an over-the-counter pain relief cream that's similar to one the Amish traditionally use.

I live a few miles away from a large Amish community--Northern Indiana is home to one of the largest populations of Amish in the world. Amish and Old Order Mennonite women clean our house and men from the same communities framed our house 18 years ago. I also used to teach a unit about the Amish in writing classes at a regional university. So, for an Englischer, the term the Amish and Old Order Mennonites use for all non-Amish people, I know a bit about the Plain People--which is not much, as the Amish and Old Order Mennonite people are far more diverse in their habits and customs than most people realize.

But I'm not here to explain the Amish, which I am unqualified to do anyway. Instead, I'm here to recommend a cream for sore muscles that actually works. It's called Amish Origins Deep Penetrating Pain Relief Cream, and while I couldn't find a definitive origin story for it, the company that makes it claims the simple traditions of the Amish inspired this product.

Here's what you need to know: I had the most epically debilitating lower back pain of my life last week. It. Was. Excruciating. As is often the case when I need comfort, I read some Regency and Amish romance novels. In one of the latter, a salve was mentioned as a sovereign remedy for muscle pain, arthritis, body aches, etc. Curious, I went to the Google machine and ordered Amish Origins cream (the ointment alternative is said to be very greasy and hard on clothes).

The cream's ingredients are in this picture I grabbed from Amazon, where I bought it.

Well, it worked. Within two days, I was able to move a bit, and last weekend I actually got out and about! So I'm using the cream I ordered on Amazon and giving it a strong recommendation to readers.

I'll bet Cinderella would have used it!


Kate Wolford is the publisher of FTM and The Enchanted Press. The press published its first book, Glass and Feathers, by Lissa Sloan, on March 26. You don't want to miss this engrossing continuation of Cinderella's story.



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