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Member Name: Ninski1
Date: 18/07/12, updated on 20/07/12 (425 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use and effective
Disadvantages: Very strong smell
Firstly I will say that this product is not made from Tigers (or any other animal) and it is not a Balm for Tigers, it is however, a great product that is used to temporarily relieve aches and pains in your muscles. The balm comes in a small 19g glass pot with a gold screw top lid that is easy to use and does not leak. You can currently purchase Tiger Balm in Boots for around £4 (July 2012).
As with all medicinal products Tiger Balm comes with a few warnings, it should only be used on unbroken skin and if your skin becomes irritated you should stop using the balm and seek medical advice. It should also not be put in your eye. I would suggest being very careful when applying the balm as if it does get in your eye it will sting, you could even use rubber gloves I suppose.
The product can only be used on people over the age of 16, in addition it should be only used by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers on the advice of their doctor.
Tiger Balm contains the following natural ingredients:
* Natural Camphor 11.0%
* Menthol 10.0%
* Clove Oil 5.0%
* Cajuput Oil 7.0%
* Cinnamon Oil
* Dementholised Mint Oil
* Yellow Soft Paraffin
* Hard Paraffin.
My husband and I both use Tiger Balm on our aches and pains, my husband usually uses it his neck, as he pulled a muscle in it years ago and it can flare up every now and again. I tend to use it on my back, from a muscle ache I developed after carrying by son around when he was a baby. To use it you take a small amount about the size of a pea and rub it into the affected muscle, this helps to soothe the ache and relive tension therefore taking away some of the discomfort, also as the Tiger Balm does not contain any pain killers, you can also use paracetamol and/or ibruprofen as the same time to really help yourself recover quickly.
The Tiger Balm is red in colour, it is thicker than vaseline, but softer than candle wax it melts at skin temperature and rubs easily into your skin. The balm, smells very strongly of Camphor and cinnamon which is warming on the skin and helps to promote healing. I find the balm very effective in relieving my aches and pains and would recommend it to others, especially as you can use it as and when needed and that it is natural product. The only down side to the balm is that it lingers on the skin and it is difficult to wash off, as the balm is very strong smelling even after you have washed your hands you can still smell it and I would advise thoroughly washing your hand and making sure none of the balm gets under your nails as this can then be transferred into your eye if you are not careful.
Overall I would recommend this product to others, as it is natural, effective and well priced, the pot is easy to carry around with you and also a little goes a long way so it will last for ages.
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Summary: Very effective muscle relief
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