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How to Make Natural Tiger Balm

By Edited May 20, 2016 2 2

homemade tiger balm
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No one likes having aches & pains, and what better way to get relief with an all-natural product that you've made yourself?

Tiger Balm is an old remedy that's been around for ages helping people deal with everyday muscle and joint pains and works miracles for deep relief. It's also great for; arthritis, back pain, sprains, joint pain, tension headaches, muscle strain or aches, and even offers a little relief from common cold symptoms.

When your muscles and joints feel stiff and sore, the warming effect of this all-natural linament, or balm soothes the aches, and lessens the pain when massaged into your skin. It's also great when used in conjunction with a damp heat wrap (warm compress) over the affected area.

And since your skin is the largest organ of the human body, why use products with petrolatum or other harmful ingredients? Make your own, with ingredients your body will love (it's so easy!) and your wallet will thank you too. It may seem like alot to spend at first, to get everything you need, but if you suffer from on-going pain, and do some crunching with the numbers, you will be suprised with how much you get out of them, it's quite a bit cheaper to make your own.

To make this super easy recipe, first gather all ingredients and supplies.

Wax is needed, and I like using natural beeswax instead of paraffin-based waxes. Also, I think the combination of African Shea Butter (Pure Raw Unrefined ), olive, grapeseed, and coconut oils make a perfectly balanced texture for this balm. But feel free to experiment with any of your favorite carrier oils (like sweet almond, avocado (great for dry skin), or even fractionated coconut oil (awesome for a dryer feel).


Tiger Balm Recipe

This recipe can be doubled, or halved depeding on total amout wanted.

Makes approx. 3.5 oz.



1 oz. beeswax

2 oz. carrier oils (your choice; coconut, olive, grapeseed, jojoba, shea butter, sweet almond, rosehip seed, or any combo of any natural oils you like)

.5 oz. menthol crystals (may add up to 1 oz. for extra penetrating power)


Essential oils:

  • camphor (cinnamomum camphora) essential oil 25 dps.
  • peppermint (mentha piperita) e.o. 40 dps
  • eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus- or any eucalyptus) e.o. 50 dps.
  • clove (syzygium aromaticum) e.o. 25 dps.
  • cinnamon bark (cinnamomum zeylanicum) e.o. 10 dps.
  • wintergreen (gaultheria procumbens) e.o. 10 dps.
  • birch (betula alba) e.o.12 dps.
  • cassia (cinnamonum cassia) e.o.15 dps.
  • cajeput (melaleuca leucadendra) e.o. 40 dps.
  • thyme (thymus vulgaris) e.o. 3 dps.
  • oregano (oreganum compactum) e.o. 4 dps.
  • lavender (lavandula angustifolia) e.o.15 dps.

pyrex measuring cup (2 cup size)

4 oz. jar, 

or 2 - 2 oz. jars,

or  4 - 1 oz. jars.


Warm wax and carriers until wax melts. Stir in menthol crystals until dissolved. Stir in essential oils when almost cool. Pour into containers. It will set when cooled completely. If it's not the consistency you like -if it's too soft; add more wax, or too hard; add more oils. Can me re-melted as many times as you need. But be aware, that the essential oils really shouldn't be heated too many times or they will lose potency. Try to add the essential oils after you get your desired consistency.

To use: Massage into affected area whenever needed.



To get extra deep relief, use a warm compress over the area after applying your pain-relief balm. Using a warm compress produces an extra boost to the oils and sends them deeper into your muscles and joints. Not for use on small children or pets.

How to make a salve by Mountain Rose Herbs

Here's another article you may be interested in written by AJWalton on How to make a pain relief ointment that may be used in conjunction with this information.

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Mar 27, 2013 6:51am
Thank you for this! I am a frequent user of Tiger Balm for my back, and that little jar of salve is quite pricey. When I run out, I will surely try this recipe!
Mar 27, 2013 7:05am
Thanks foryour comment! :)
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