Have you ever seen this ointment of unusual smell in a small round container with a golden lid? Tiger balm, the one in question, is rather a thing of the past, used by our grandparents, if used at all. The thing is that it is really underestimated in spite of its several properties, capable of wonders!
Its original version was developed in 1870 by Chu Kin, a Chinese botanist, and was available only in Singapore. Contrary to what its name might suggest, no tiger ingredients are used. In fact it is made of menthol, camphor, cajuput essential oil, Vaseline and other essential oils. Let us present you with 14 applications of the balm you haven’t known yet!
#1 Mosquito bites
Are you frustrated with this red itchy spot after a mosquito bit you? Take a bit of the balm and rub it in. The itchiness will soon be gone!
#2 Fighting insects
Due to its intensive and distinct scent, you can quickly smell the balm. Just like you, insects will detect it very quickly. As they are not quite keen on it, you can use it as a repellent. Just leave the balm open and let it do its job.
#3 Painting stains
If you have been painting and your hands still have the evidence it is true, try to remove the stains with the balm. Rub it in your hands and then clean them with a cloth.
#4 Unpleasant sweat smell
If you sweat a lot and the smell is really nasty, apply some tiger balm in your armpits. This could neutralize the odor.
#5 Sore muscles
After a long tiring day at work, your muscles are tense and sore. Again, use a bit of tiger balm to remedy the problem.
#6 Woodworms and other insects
If your wooden furniture has been infested with insects, rub some balm in so that the intensive smell will chase the pests away.
#7 Sore throat
The moment you realize there is something wrong going on in your throat, rub the balm in your neck. Breathe slowly and go to sleep. The pain will gradually wear off.
#8 Sore feet
Menthol the balm contains stimulates blood circulation. This could help your sore feet after a day in tight shoes.
#9 Blocked nose
If long bus or plane travel makes you sick, and, naturally, opening the window to get some fresh air is not an option, you can rely on the balm again. The essential oils it contains will let you breathe deeper which will soon calm you down and make you feel much better.
Rub in some balm in your temples. The pain will be gone in a blink of an eye. Always remember to wash your hands and never let the balm get into your eyes.
#12 Cold feet
#13 Stomach problems
The positive impact on blood circulation can also be used to relieve stomachaches.
#14 Smelly clothes
If you want to remove some unpleasant smells from your wardrobe or shoe cabinet, just open the balm and leave it there for some time.