Homemade Tiger Balm

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      Here is an easy recipe to make your own Tiger Balm.

      Printed from https://www.care2.com

      Homemade Tiger Balm
      Adapted from A Thai Herbal, by C. Pierce Salguero (Findhorn Press, 2003).

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      In most modern cities in Thailand today, traditional cosmetic recipes enjoy more
      popularity than the latest brand-name items.

      People there easily see the benefits of using homemade n/atural remedies instead
      of the massed produced chemical alternatives. Herbs are commonly used
      cosmetically for their natural tonifying, rejuvenative, and antibacterial
      properties, and the people in Thailand seem to understand this in a way that
      many Westerners don?t.

      A favorite topical application for soothing sore muscles, Tiger Balm is also
      great for colds, congestion, and sinusitis, when applied to the chest and
      throat. Try out this pure and totally n/atural recipe:

      10 drops essential oil of peppermint
      10 drops essential oil of eucalyptus
      5 drops essential oil of clove
      60 ml extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil
      15 g beeswax

      Heat olive oil and beeswax in a double-boiler over low heat. Stir until wax is
      melted. Remove from heat.

      Stir in essential oils, and pour into small glass or
      metal containers to cool.

      Note that commercial Tiger Balm is available in several strengths, and that you
      may adjust quantities of essential oils in this recipe. This recipe calls for
      essential oils, but extremely strong decoctions of fresh herbs may be used as
      well by following the directions here:

      Combine fresh herbs in a pan with a pint of water; boil to reduce water. Strain.
      Combine liquid with oil and wax, and continue cooking over low heat until water
      has evaporated, making sure not to boil the oil. Remove from heat and cool in
      glass or metal container.


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