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Sooth away the headaches
Member Name: annav
Advantages: Pain relief naturally
Disadvantages: The smell makes my eyes water and it can make your eyes very itchy
I have been using tiger balm ever since I met my partner who is of chinese origin. I own a tiny pot that her mum gave to me from Vietnam where it is very cheap. It helps with pain such as headaches, shoulder and back ache although I was told not to use it on larger areas such as your whole back or whole face. Also keep it away from your eyes as I once wiped my eye forgetting that I had used it and even several hours later my eye was so itchy. You can use it on your lips as well for chapped lips and although it stings a bit it does sort them out.
When using for a headache, rub a very small amount on your finger, and apply in circular motions onto both sides of your temple and massage it in. It feels almost like a cool burning before it gets warm. It will stay tingly and slightly burning for a while, but whilst this is happening you will almost forget the sensation from your headache and start focusing on this instead. I put on too much once and the burning was a little bit unbearable, but each time I have used it my headache goes away. Its a lot better for you than taking paracetamol, and its all natural ingredients. I dont particularly like the smell as it makes my nose water, and is quite strong. It smells like a menthol medicine, and something other worldy.
When using on your shoulders it feels a bit like deep heat, although you cant use it on such a big area. Its quite greasy feeling to start with but once it has sunk in after about ten minutes you cant tell it has been there apart from the smell that is left.
I would recommend this to those who dont like taking tablets, or for those with regular headaches that are worried about how much medicine they are putting into their body. Im not sure how much it costs to buy in the UK but its well worth it and works ten times better than any 16p paracetamol.
Summary: Well worth it to not take tablets