Uses of Tiger Balm

Created by a Chinese herbalist in the late 1870s, Tiger Balm is a mild analgesic made from a combination of natural ingredients -- primarily menthol and camphor, as well as mint and clove essential oils. Today, people around the world use the soothing balm to relieve minor aches and pains.

A Tiger Balm massage eases tired, aching muscles. (Image: Patrik Giardino/The Image Bank/Getty Images)

Aches and Pains

Tiger balm relieves nearly any minor ache or pain, including joint pain and stiffness caused by arthritis or rheumatism, muscle pain after hard work or exercise, a stiff neck, and tight muscles or headaches resulting from tension or stress. The balm also soothes minor strains.


Tiger Balm increases blood flow at the surface of the skin, creating a feeling of warmth. Some users may experience a burning or cold sensation, which is usually mild and short lived. To prevent discomfort, don't use Tiger Balm more than one hour before a shower or bath. Similarly, wait at least 30 minutes after bathing. Don't use Tiger Balm if your skin is chapped or irritated by shaving rash, sunburn or windburn.

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