Balsam of Tiger is an ointment based on herbal ingredients. Although sold as a massage product, Tiger Balm can also be applied in cases of muscle aches and headaches, migraines, coughs, bumps and mosquito bites. There are different varieties of the ointment, however, the two best known are its red and white versions. While the Red Tiger Balm produces a heating effect, the White is refrigerant.

The Tiger Balm, as we know it today, was developed in late 1870 in Rangoon, Burma, by Aw Chu Kin, an herbalist of the Emperor’s Court of China, who emigrated to Rangoon and opened a small herbalist’s shop. After the death of Aw Chu Kin, his children Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par perfected the ointment and began to manufacture it in an industrial way.

Its origin is very old, always used by traditional Indonesian medicine. It is named for Aw Boon Haw, one of the children of its creator, whose name means “friendly tiger”. In its composition there was never any product related to the animal, as many believe.

This balm is applied on the skin and has anesthetic properties, providing relief from pain and discomfort associated with muscle and joint pain such as arthritis or back pain. The ingredients of the balm, such as camphor, dilate the peripheral blood vessels, which stimulates circulation and provides a sensation of heat. The increase of the blood flow and the increase of the heat favors the analgesic effect since it distracts the sensation of pain in the area.

After applying tiger balm we can expect a sensation of heat or cold depending on the balsam we have applied and in a few minutes, we will notice a great sense of relief in the area where we had the problem. This is because the tiger balm can easily penetrate the skin and begin to act from the start.

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Red Tiger Balm
Red Tiger Balm

Some of the elements that compose it are:

The cayeputi or Cajaput oil resembles rosemary and cardamom slightly. It acts as a stimulant to produce a sensation of heat, it is also used to relieve rheumatic pain. It is derived from the leaves of the Maelaleuca leucadendra tree. It is a volatile oil with analgesic properties

Clove oil, an oil with stimulating, antiviral and antiseptic properties. It was used to relieve various types of pain such as grinding, headache or to improve coughing attacks.

Menthol and menthol oil: has a refreshing and slightly anesthetic action, is used traditionally in muscle-type pains.
Substances such as petrolatum and paraffin that help give a better texture to the product.

And the main benefits of tiger balm are the following:

  • As we said the main benefit of this natural remedy is for muscle pain.
  • It is also perfect for joint pain such as arthritis or rheumatism
  • It promotes lumbar and back pains.
  • It is very beneficial for headaches such as migraines and migraines.
  • Helps to avoid nasal congestion and cough (It will help you breathe much better)
  • It is a magnificent insect repellent.

The tiger balm has been used for more than 100 years and is already a classic. It does not replace any medical treatment used to relieve pain locally, to massage or scrub.

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