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. Since Tiger Balm comes in handy for many of us, I thought it was high time to make a DIY tiger balm!
In case you aren’t familiar, Tiger Balm is an ointment that has a heating and cooling effect on the skin that helps relieve pain. It also comes in the form of a pad. You adhere the pad to the problem area to experience relief.
Tiger Balm comes from a secret herbal formula from Chinese emperors. Today’s version of Tiger Balm contains a large amount of pain relieving essential oils suspended in petroleum. Since avoiding petroleum is a good idea, let’s make our own!
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.
Upon researching Tiger Balm, I found that petroleum is actually linked to estrogen dominance among many other issues.
What modern day Tiger Balm does contain is 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! Not to mention it is very nourishing to the skin! You could even use it as a sore foot rub!
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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.