Thai Herbal Balm – DIY Recipe
Tiger Balm™ is a popular remedy made from a secret herbal formulation that dates back to the times of the Chinese emperors. The Aw brothers, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, inherited the formulation from their herbalist father. They call it Tiger Balm, after Boon Haw (whose name in Chinese meant “Tiger”) who was instrumental in helping Tiger Balm become a household name in many East and South Eastern Asian countries.
Herbal Balms are for external soothing pain relief. Here is a DIY version you’ll enjoy trying.
- 10 drops essential oil of Peppermint
- 10 drops essential oil of Eucalyptus
- 5 drops Essential Oil of Clove
- 1/4 cup carrier oil (sweet almond, apricot kernel, jojoba or grapeseed)
- 1/2 oz beeswax (pellets or solid)
- Heat the carrier oil and beeswax on a low setting in a double boiler until melted.
- Remove from heat and stir in essential oils, mixing well.
- Pour into a small glass or metal container and cool completely.
- Seal, and use as directed for herbal balms.