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Uses of Tiger Balm

by  M.H. DYER
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M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.
Uses of Tiger Balm
A Tiger Balm massage eases tired, aching muscles. Photo Credit: Patrik Giardino/The Image Bank/Getty Images

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.

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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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