Saturday, May 28, 2011


I had heard about Tiger Balm before and I even bought the ones above at Duty Free. My husband picked up 2 jars made by monks at a temple. While on our trip I woke up with a stiff neck. I figured what can it hurt to try. So I rubbed some on my neck, it worked wonders. Since then I have used it behind my ears for ear aches, under my nose for sinus', on my temples and forehead for sinus' headaches ,rubbed into my cuticles to moisturize them, I rubbed it on a cut that has been taking way to long to heal and its almost completely gone now. I also rubbed it on my lower back for some back pain. I swear by Tiger Balm now and keep a jar with me in my purse all the time.


In most modern cities in Thailand today, traditional cosmetic recipes enjoy more popularity than the latest brand-name items.
People there easily see the benefits of using homemade natural remedies instead of the mass-produced chemical alternatives. Herbs are commonly used cosmetically for their natural tonifying, rejuvenative, and antibacterial properties, and the people in Thailand seem to understand this in a way that many Westerners don’t.
A favorite topical application for soothing sore muscles, Tiger Balm is also great for colds, congestion, and sinusitis, when applied to the chest and throat.

Try out this pure and totally natural recipe:

10 drops essential oil of peppermint

10 drops essential oil of eucalyptus

5 drops essential oil of clove

60 ml extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil

15 g beeswax

Heat olive oil and beeswax in a double-boiler over low heat. Stir until wax is melted. Remove from heat. Stir in essential oils, and pour into small glass or metal containers to cool.

Note that commercial Tiger Balm is available in several strengths, and that you may adjust quantities of essential oils in this recipe.

This recipe calls for essential oils, but extremely strong decoctions of fresh herbs may be used as well by following the directions here:
Combine fresh herbs in a pan with a pint of water; boil to reduce water. Strain. Combine liquid with oil and wax, and continue cooking over low heat until water has evaporated, making sure not to boil the oil. Remove from heat and cool in glass or metal container.


Tiger Balm
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The white and red versions of Haw Par Tiger Balm.
Tiger Balm (
traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: hǔbiao wànjīnyóu) is the trade name for a heat rub manufactured and distributed by Haw Par Healthcare in Singapore.
It was originally developed in the 1870s by a herbalist,
Aw Chu Kin, in Rangoon, Burma, who asked his sons Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par on his deathbed to perfect the product.[1]
Originally named for containing tiger bone, an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine dating back 1,500 years to treat pain, inflammation and to strengthen muscle,
[2] Tiger Balm now consists purely of herbal ingredients. Tiger Balm is available in several varieties, the weaker Tiger Balm White (which is recommended for use with headaches) and the stronger Tiger Balm Red (which is not to be used on the head). There is also another version called Tiger Balm Ultra.
From the notes that accompany Tiger Balm:
Tiger Balm is made from a secret herbal formulation that dates back to the times of the Chinese emperors. The Aw brothers, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par inherited the formulation from their herbalist father who left China. They call it Tiger Balm, after Boon Haw, (whose name in Chinese meant "Tiger") who was instrumental in devising the remarkable selling strategies that made Tiger Balm a household name all over Asia today.


mentholised mint oil
Cajuput oil
Clove bud oil
Cassia oil

The remainder is a
petroleum jelly and paraffin base. The rub does not contain tiger parts.[4]
The original Tiger Balm Red and Tiger Balm White have 25% of Camphor.
[5] A new product named Tiger Balm White HR uses Eucalyptus oil instead of Cajuput oil.[5]
edit] Uses
Tiger Balm is purported to relieve the following ailments:
Myalgia muscular pains.
Migraines and headaches of light intensity to moderate.
Mosquito bites: to relieve the itch.
Cough: to release the respiratory voices, in application on the chest and the back.
Stomach ache: rub on stomach to relieve upset stomach.
Heartburn: rub on chest.
Nasal congestion: place a small bit under the nostrils.
Interstitial Cystitis: cut to size, placed just above the pubic bone, can moderate pain enough to allow patients to sleep better.

1 comment:

  1. Enjoyed reading your posts.I remember my Mom using the red Tiger Balm when I was a child. She would often buy it from a Chinese drug store.