I’ll admit, more than once, Tiger Balm has saved my neck. About once a year something happens where I pull my neck muscles-I will be in major discomfort for at least a week. The only thing that seemed to ease the pain was Tiger Balm. I
n case you aren’t familiar, Tiger Balm is an ointment that heats up the skin and relieves pain. They also come in the form of a pad. You adhere the pad to the problem area to experience relief. Since we’re all in to DIYing here, let’s make our own DIY Tiger Balm!
Tiger Balm comes from a secret herbal formula from Chinese emperors. I’m a huge believer in Eastern medicine. Of course, now that it’s no longer sacred to Chinese emperors, it no longer contains pure, healthy ingredients.
You knew this was coming-modern day Tiger Balm sucks. It’s full of petroleum. Some formulations also contain Diazolidinyl Urea, Glucosamine Sulfate, Methyl Paraben, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Propyl Paraben, and Propylene Glycol.
Do I need to even say the above ingredients are a really bad idea? No, probably not.
What it does contain are essential oils. It has a balm/salve like consistency so it was really easy to recreate! The oils it contains are camphor 11%, menthol 10%, cajuput oil, cassia oil, and clove oil.
Before anyone takes to the comments-I know camphor is considered toxic in large doses. I don’t believe it poses any threat in this balm, but I have lowered the camhpor from 11%. You can read more about camphor HERE.
DIY Tiger Balm
- Fill a medium sized pot half way full with water.
- Place a glass pyrex bowl in the water.
- Add olive oil, menthol crystals and beeswax.
- Turn stove top to medium heat.
- Once the beeswax is melted, remove from heat.
- Add essential oils.
- Pour into 4 ounce jar.
It’s such a good idea to make a batch of this DIY Tiger Balm ASAP. You never know when you could get a crick in your neck or pull a muscle. My husband is pretty serious about weight lifting so I catch him using this, literally on a daily basis!
P.S. Did I mention this balm kind of smells like Coco-Cola? I smell a new lip balm coming on……
UPDATE: I have a new warming muscle rub recipe that uses black pepper essential oil for a warming effect. It is very similar to this one and both are great for soreness.