Tiger Balm: application, effects and your own balm recipe

Photo: Sven Christian Schulz / Utopia

Tiger Balm is not only suitable for colds to clear the nose again. We show how you can make the tiger balm yourself and how to use it correctly.

Applying Tiger Balm – what does Tiger Balm help against?

Tiger Balm comes from China and is available as a white or red ointment. It is a little miracle cure for colds and joint problems. The balm is very economical: A quantity the size of two grains of rice is enough. You can use tiger balm against the following complaints:

  • cold: Tiger Balm works in a similar way to cold balm: Er promotes blood circulation and provides warmth. You can rub it on your chest and back. If you rub some of it under your nose, the menthol it contains will clear your airways.
  • Migraines and headaches: At a headache you can rub some Tiger Balm on your temple. If you have migraines, some cream on the neck can help.
  • Stomach and sore throat: If you have a sore throat, you can apply some Tiger Balm to your neck. Tiger balm can also relieve some stomach pain if you put some of the ointment on your stomach.
  • Muscle and joint pain: If you have a strain or a sprain, Tiger Balm can also relieve pain. The balm is also a good first aid measure for muscle pain. You should never use it if you have open wounds.
  • Heavy sweating: Those who sweat often can Tiger Balm under the armpits Instruct. Even the smallest amounts of the balm dispel the sweat odor and ensure that you sweat less, at least temporarily.

Attention: If symptoms persist, you should seek medical advice.

By the way, you can also use Tiger Balm to Repel insects: While people smell the essential oils perceive as pleasant, it drives away most insects. A fingertip of the tiger balm is enough.

The effect of Tiger Balm

White tiger balm contains less menthol.
White tiger balm contains less menthol.
(Photo: Sven Christian Schulz / Utopia)

White Tiger Balm smells of peppermint and eucalyptus – red Tiger Balm, on the other hand, smells like cinnamon and Cloves. The effect of the two ointments differs only slightly:

  • White Tiger Balm especially helps with colds. The peppermint oil in the Tiger Balm clears the airways by loosening the mucus from the bronchi and clearing the nose. The Clove oil and the camphor have a disinfectant effect and calm pain. The camphor also relaxes the bronchi. Also menthol is in the tiger balm – it has a cooling effect. Cajeput oil ensures good blood circulation.
  • Red Tiger Balm should help with muscle and joint pain. The active ingredients contained are largely identical, only the composition is slightly different. The red tiger balm contains more cooling menthol, which can help with joint pain. The ointment gets the red color through Cinnamon oil.

Make Tiger Balm yourself

Making Tiger Balm yourself is easy.
Making Tiger Balm yourself is easy.
(Photo: Sven Christian Schulz / Utopia)

Tiger Balm is available in drugstores and larger supermarkets, but you can also do it yourself. For this you need the following ingredients:

  • 8 grams of cajeput essential oil (available at ** Amazon),
  • 2 grams of clove essential oil (available at ** Amazon),
  • 5 grams of peppermint essential oil (available at ** Avocado Store),
  • 15 grams of sunflower or sesame oil,
  • 15 grams Coconut oil (Available at ** Avocado Store),
  • 4 grams Beeswax or Carnauba wax.


  1. First, let the beeswax, coconut oil, and sunflower oil melt in a double boiler. Once all of the ingredients are liquid, you can take them off the stove.
  2. Then you weigh the essential oils and add them.
  3. Now you have to stir well until the oils have completely mixed with the wax.
  4. Then you can fill the Tiger Balm into a small container. You should boil this beforehand to protect your tiger balm from contamination and to make it last longer.

Read more at Techzle.com:

  • Preventing a cold: this is how you stay healthy
  • Rubbing alcohol: use and effect on muscle and joint problems
  • Cold tea: These varieties help against coughs, runny nose and sore throats


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