I love Tiger Balm and always have.
It has a cool, refreshing “zing” to it, and it has always helped with minor aches and pains or headaches of all sorts. The $6 price tag for a tiny jar was never a big issue, as a little bit goes a long way. But, I often wondered if I could make it myself. And, lo and behold, I have something that I feel works just as well and is easy to whip up an entire batch!
Essential Oils are used in this, obviously.
You will need a few different ones, as well as a carrier oil and beeswax. I used olive oil in this recipe, but you could easily substitute almond oil, jojoba oil, or any other you prefer. I tried this once with coconut oil, but wasn’t happy with the texture. When it was cold, it was rock hard and not as easy to get out of the jar; and when warm, it wasn’t easy to carry around with me. But, you could always try it and see how YOU like it.
Here’s the recipe:
1/2 ounce emu oil
1/2 ounce beeswax
2 ounce olive oil
5 drops Clove Essential Oil
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Vetiver Essential Oil
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Gently melt beeswax and carrier oil together in a double boiler.
I like to bring the water to a boil, then turn it off to melt the oils together. Remove from heat. As it is cooling, add in the essential oils, one a time, and stir gently after each addition. Allow to cool all the way. To use, simply rub a small bit on the spot that has minor pain, or on the temples for a headache.