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Tiger Balm soothes aches and pains
Member Name: LillyAnnJones
Date: 17/07/13, updated on 08/01/14 (309 review reads)
Advantages: Natural oils, warming, helps aches without painkillers
Disadvantages: Not for serious aches and pains
Tiger Balm comes from Asia and has been around for a while now. It says it is suitable for ages 2 and up. It is available in places like Boots as well as Asian supermarkets and the internet. The prices vary from around £1.20 to £3.99 depending on where you buy it from. Two versions are available- white and red. I have tried both and I think the red is a bit stronger with ingredients that are more warming and heat up more. The red one contains more clove oil and more menthol but they're both pretty similar, just with different percentages of the ingredients.
Tiger balm is made with natural ingredients and is a herbal formula, it claims to be inspired by ancient Chinese wisdom. The point of this balm is to ease aches and pains when you massage it into those areas.
I really like the packaging, it's very colourful and stands out on the shelf. The jar is a small, glass jar with a gold metal lid. The label on the front has a picture of a tiger and there is plenty of information written on the box and the label.
Tiger Balm has quite a strong smell, but this isn't a bad thing. It is a very warm smell, maybe because of the clove oil that it contains. Some of the ingredients the red Tiger Balm contains are; clove oil, menthol, natural camphor, cajuput oil, mint oil and cinnamon oil. The balm is made of a paraffin wax base with the natural oils added to it. You can definitely smell the cinnamon, menthol and clove oil.
I actually really like the smell of this, it really stings your eyes though so wash your hands after using it and don't rub your eyes while it is on your hands like I have done a few too many times! It is probably the tingly ingredients like menthol that sting the eyes.
To apply this you rub your fingers in some of the wax in the pot and rub it between your hands before massaging your achy or sore muscles with it. It heats up on your skin and warms your muscles which is a nice feeling and helps to relax and soothe the aches and pains. This is only temporary, it does provide relief and helps your muscles to relax though. I like to use tiger balm when my legs or arms are starting to ache, to relax the muscles and stop them becoming stiff. For a bad back, this is nice to apply for relaxation and for some relief but it is no match for actual painkillers when it comes to proper pain.
I'm not sure if it is recommended to use on your head, but I have applied it to headaches and it really has helped me, so much that I haven't had to take paracetamol. With an actual migraine, I think it would be a different story but this might ease it and give some relief.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who gets sore muscles and wants something to relieve them. I recommend it more for minor aches and pains rather than something more serious. Although, I like to use it as an addition to other things like painkillers when my neck is stiff and painful.
Summary: A great little product to soothe your sore muscles