Homemade Pain Relief Oil AKA “Tiger Oil”

Need pain relief in a hurry? Try this pain relief oil to help soothe those tired, achy muscles and joints.

>Stooping over to weed the garden. Cleaning out the chicken coop. Planting, harvesting, canning. All these things can lead to muscle pain. Severe muscle pain. When you pull a muscle or overwork it, you want relief.

Tiger pain oil

I love Tiger Balm liniment 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. It’s smooth, creamy and easy to apply. It works where it hurts, basically.

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!

This essential oil blend smells amazing, and they all have pain relieving properties. When combined with carrier oils, they create a rub that reduces inflammation and may help in reducing pain.

Muscle soreness, stiffness, and pain due to over-activity may all be soothed with this oil. Its herbal ingredients are all natural and easily found or grown.

Jojoba oil is used in this recipe as it may have anti-inflammatory properties. Emu oil is also well known for anti-inflammatory properties, and is often used for many skin conditions.

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Pain Relief Oil, a.k.a. Homemade Tiger Oil:

Ingredients needed:

  • 1/2 ounce emu oil
  • 2 ounces olive oil
  • 5 drops Clove Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 5 grams dried arnica

Put it all together:

  1. Add the arnica and olive oil to an oven safe bowl and place in a 200°F oven for 2 hours to infuse.
  2. Strain the herbs and toss, saving the oil.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before proceeding to the next step.
  4. Add all the oils in a small bottle and shake together gently to combine.

To Use Homemade Tiger Balm

To use, simply rub a small amount on affected area and massage in. One of the best ways to use it is by adding them to a roller bottle.

Then you can simply rub it over your temples for a headache, or over any area with muscle pain. The essential oils in this may also help to relieve minor joint pain.

Store your homemade tiger oil in a tightly closed bottle, out of direct sunlight. Will be good for up to 3 months, but toss if you notice any signs of mold or other spoilage.

What types of pain do you deal with on a regular basis? Will you try this pain relief oil for treating pain?

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32 thoughts on “Homemade Pain Relief Oil AKA “Tiger Oil””

  1. Amy @Home & Farm Sense

    I need to try this – we have a son who gets terrible leg pains when its cold. I also happen to have all these ingredients on hand. Thanks for figuring out the recipe…:)

    Happy New Year!!

    1. You could substitute castor oil for the emu. It’s supposed to help with pain and helps penetrate the skin better. HTH

  2. Have you tried substituting Copaiba or Idaho Balsam Fir for the Lavender? I have to avoid lavender products but this recipe sounds great!!

  3. This will come in handy for good friend who has joint pain in damp/cold weather.. Thanks for sharing. Someone mentioned emu oil recently. Will have to hie off to the health food store asap and get busy making some. thanks again.

  4. I am just going to have to buy some beeswax and carrier oils! So many of these wonderful homemade salves, creams, etc., call for beeswax. I’m slowly stocking up on Essentials Oils finally and need all the supplies! Definately gonna try this!

  5. this is so awesome, I buy this all the time and being able to make my own def is something I would love to do. Gonna have to do this as a summer project.

    1. Heather Harris

      no, the idea that your hands can transfer germs into the mixture, or air may get into the mixture. In the case of roller balls, you still get a bit of dead skin on the ball, and that may go into the bottle as well. Gross to think about, I know, but it’s reality.

  6. Hi, this sounds great, but i dont have emu oil or arnica, can i use dandilion instead of arnica? What should i use instead of emu oil?

    1. you can use dandelion oil for both if you would like. The emu oil is just amazing by itself for relieving minor pain. But the dandelion oil will be just fine, too

  7. Had to check this out because we’ve used Tiger Balm often enough. Absolutely love the idea of using my dandelion oil! Can hardly wait for Spring to make more. Thank you!

  8. Darlene O’Neil

    Can you use trauma oil instead of the arnica oil . I hate making infused oils. I wish I could buy them already uncut. But I have trams oil and calendula oil. Can I use either one of those for the arnica oil?

    1. Trauma oil has arnica, calendula and St. John’s wort infused in it. Trauma oil stains clothing so it may not be ideal for all situations.

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