Tiger balm: all you need to know and the recipe to make it at home

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Tiger balm: what it contains, what problems it is used for, what are the contraindications and how it can be prepared at home

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Tiger balm: what it contains, what problems it is used for, what are the contraindications and how it can be prepared at home

Tiger balm is a well-known ointment based on essential oils that has been used for over a century to soothe muscle and joint pain, flu symptoms, headaches.

Let's see everything there is to know about tiger balm and how to make a completely natural version of this medicine at home.


Tiger balm: properties and use

Il tiger balm is an anhydrous ointment made with ingredients that obviously have nothing to do with tigers.

Tiger balm is indeed prepared with vegetable or synthetic fats, waxes and essential oils of camphor or mint, to which the essences of Tea tree, cajeput can also be added. eucalyptus, cloves and cinnamon.

This multipurpose ointment is used externally to carry out localized massages in case of muscle and joint pain, upper respiratory tract disorders, headaches and other ailments.

Although not recognized as a drug, tiger balm has been used for over 100 years and, thanks to the blend of essential oils it contains, it is effective against:

  • backache, headache, tension and muscle and joint pain
  • cold, nasal congestion, flu-related symptoms
  • fungus affecting the toenails, known as athlete's foot
  • mild skin burns
  • mosquito and other insect bites
  • disorders related to poor blood circulation.

It is therefore a balsamic product with pain relieving action for topical use, effective in the treatment of non-chronic pain and seasonal ailments.

The effects of tiger balm are due to the presence of essential oils able to reactivate blood circulation and with balsamic, anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, antibacterial and antifungal action.

To enjoy the benefits of tiger balm it is sufficient to massage a small amount on the affected area, repeating the application no more than four times a day.
In case of headaches, tiger balm should be massaged on the neck, temples and forehead, while to breathe better it is applied to the chest.

Side Effects of Tiger Balm

Tiger balm generally has no side effects, but it could cause allergies or skin irritations.
For this reason, before using the product, it is advisable to carry out a tolerance test, massaging a small amount of tiger balm inside the forearm, in a not very large area of ​​the skin.

If there is no reaction for 24 hours then Tiger Balm can be used without any problems. On the contrary, if within 24 hours it should be noticed skin redness, irritation or feel itchy, better rinse the affected area and discontinue use.

Tiger balm should not be ingested and should not be applied to the mucous membranes, inside the ears and on the private parts. The product can be applied to all other areas of the body as long as the skin is healthy, intact, free from irritation and wounds.

The tiger balm it should be massaged until completely absorbed and, after application, the area should not be covered with plasters or bandages.

Given the high content in essential oils, it is better not to use tiger balm when you are pregnant, during breastfeeding and on children under three years.

DIY tiger balm, the recipe

The tiger balm that is found on the market is generally formulated with paraffin and synthetic waxes and exists in two versions: the white tiger balm and the red tiger balm, which differ in the content of essential oils.

You can buy tiger balm at a herbalist's shop, pharmacy or in stores specializing in products for sportsmen, but you want to prepare a completely natural tiger balm at home, can do it with this very simple recipe.


  • 40 milliliters of olive oil
  • 4 grams of beeswax or mimosa vegetable wax
  • 7 drops of Tea tree essential oil
  • 7 drops of cajeput essential oil
  • 7 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 5 gocce di niaouli
  • 5 drops of clove essential oil
  • 3 drops of camphor essential oil


Melt the wax in the oil in a double boiler, stirring constantly. When the mixture is liquid, pour it into a 50 milliliter jar, perfectly clean and dry. Let it cool slightly for a few minutes, continuing to mix, then add the essential oils, always stirring.
Close the jar with the lid and let it cool to room temperature.
Apply a label with the preparation date and ingredients and store at room temperature away from direct sources of light and heat for no more than three months.

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