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Tiger balm-Here is how you can make your own.

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Tiger balm is one of those wonderful things that everyone should have in their cupboards. It can be great to use on aches and pains. However, have you ever thought of making your own?

Here is how:

(Tiger balm was created by the herbalist Aw Chu Kin in Rangoon, Burma. Just before he died he asked his 2 sons to perfect his recipe and so they did, selling it with the name tiger balm (tigers are very much a sign of strength and vitality in these parts). It works by dilating the blood vessels which bring blood closer to the skin surface and creates a warm sensation. It also has a local analgesic effect to decrease pain.)

Firstly, you will need to find these essential oils(organic if possible):

  • 12 drops eucalyptus ess. Oil
  • 12 drops peppermint ess. Oil
  • 6 drop clove ess.oil
  • ¼  cup emu oil, coconut oil or extra virgin live oil
  • 1 tbsp beeswax
  • Small glass containers( having a baby, I find the glass gerber baby food containers excellent)

Step 1

Combine 1 oz. of the beeswax and the mineral oil in a saucepan over low heat. Heat only until the beeswax melts. This is the jelly. Pour it into a container and let it rest.


Mix the essential oils together by combining the ginger (optional), camphor, lavender, eucalyptus, wintergreen and peppermint essential oils in a glass bottle or jar.


Combine the remaining beeswax, the menthol crystals and 1 oz. of the jelly over low heat. Stir it constantly and heat it only until the beeswax melts.


Let it cool for a few minutes and then add 5 tbsp. of the essential oil mixture, stirring until they are mixed thoroughly together. Pour the Tiger Balm into the containers and allow it to cool completely.


Rub it on the affected area.