Tiger Balm has so many different applications, it is truly heaven sent.
Here’s a list of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of this wonderful product:
- If your wooden furniture is attacked by borers, putting some Tiger Balm into the holes can help to restore the damage.
- Next time you get bitten by a mosquito or a hornet, apply some balm—it will heal the bite.
- It also acts as a mosquito repellent. Placing open jars of the balm in the corners of a room can prevent mosquitoes from entering.
Tiger Balm has a pungent scent, cooling properties, and healing functions.
It can relieve itching, inflammation, swelling, and provide healing relief for many common skin ailments.
Cures for common ailments
- If your baby* has an inflamed anus, applying Tiger Balm will provide some soothing relief. This can also happen in adults, and applying Tiger Balm will have the same effect. Be very careful using Tiger Balm on babies and around sensitive areas as it is quite strong and might cause a burning sensation or even a rash. Test with a small amount first or consult a medical practitioner.
- Tiger Balm can help relieve rheumatic pain in the muscles and bones. Because of its pungent smell and cooling properties, it can help to get rid of dampness in the liver channel.
- Frequent application of Tiger Balm can eliminate underarm* odor. Try a small amount first, as the underarms can be quite sensitive.
- Applying Tiger Balm to the gluteal cleft* between the tailbone and the anus can help to treat diarrhea.
- Coating the belly button* with Tiger Balm will prevent constipation.
- If you apply Tiger Balm to your neck when you first notice the early stages of a sore throat, this will stop it from going any further.
- It also cures toothache—apply a little balm to the affected tooth and the pain will be gone.
- A German soccer player found yet another use for this wonderful product. Applying some balm to your chest and calves can help to alleviate the pain associated with fast running.
Even more uses for this wonder balm!
- If you get some house paint on your skin, apply some balm, and leave for 1-2 minutes. Then rub it with a cotton ball, and the paint will come right off.
- You can use it to get paint off your clothes too—put some on the inside and the outside where the stain is, and rub in the direction of the fibers with a cotton ball, and the stain will be removed.
- Keeping an open box of the balm in your toilet will keep the room smelling fresh and clean. Scrape off the top layer every two weeks and the box will last for about 2-3 months.
- If you find yourself suffering from chilblains in a particularly cold winter, wash the affected areas in warm water, and apply some balm before bed. This will stop the itching, and help you to get a good night’s sleep.
- Wearing a mask coated with Tiger Balm before embarking on a ship can help to prevent seasickness.
- It can even help with foot odor—put an open box in your shoe cabinet.
- Removing chewing gum is a breeze—apply directly to the gum, wait for it to soften, and you can pick it off with your fingers.
- Ink stains from roller ball and felt tip pens can be removed by rubbing some balm on the areas.
- It also removes those annoying stickers, and the remnants left on household items—just rub some in, and you can peel it right off.
* Be very careful using Tiger Balm on sensitive areas of the body, as it is very strong and can cause a burning sensation or a rash. If you have any questions, consult a naturopath or your doctor.
Translated research by Joseph Wu, edited by Kathy
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