Homemade Tigerbalm

23 03 2010

Well following on from yesterday when I posted my recipe for making Dit Da Jow; I dug out an old notebook and decided to look through and see what other little gems I might have lurking away.

Here is another of my all time favourites that again I haven’t made for ages:Tiger Balm

To make your very own Tiger Balm you will need the following:

3.8 ozs Beeswax pearls

2.4 ozs Menthol Crystals

1/2 oz of Petroleum Jelly

2 ozs Camphor Essential Oil

1 oz of each Clove, Cajeput and Cassia Essential Oils, if you can’t get Cassia you can use Cinnamon essential oil instead

Small metal tins or glass jars (about 4 oz.)

1/16th oz chili extract (capsaicin) – This isn’t strictly needed however I have always added it as it helps with joint pain

Melt the beeswax and petroleum jelly in the pan over very low heat.

Weigh out the menthol crystals and add to pan, the smell off of this may well be overwhelming at first so you might want to open a window.

Stir continuously until melted and then add the chili extract if using. Once the extract  is all mixed in, remove from heat and add the essential oils, make sure that they are incorporated well and pour into tins, then all you have to do is leave it to harden.

Once your tigerbalm has had time to harden and cool it can be used straight away, however I have experienced better results when it has been allowed to mature for a while  first.

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25 10 2010
A quick word about beeswax « "And now for something completely different…"

[…] is an important ingredient in my homemade tiger balm recipe amongst others and the pearls are a convenient way of both obtaining and using […]

26 03 2011
Jessica

Thanks for this. But, couldn’t you use a combination of olive oil & cocoa butter instead of the petroleum jelly? Also, the ratios of the essential oils are awfully high. 1 oz of clove oil will irritate the skin. Do you have a recipe with drop amounts instead of ounces?

28 03 2011
Antique Remedies

Great simplistic recipe! I just made some homemade tiger balm today and used olive oil instead of petroleum jelly and many other essential oils. Still works and smells great! Thanks again!

29 03 2011
Tom Webster

Glad you liked it.

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