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Tiger Balm ingredients
Tiger Balm combines the traditional Chinese ingredients of camphor, eugenol an menthol to give you relief for aches and pains, as well as minor injuries. There is also the added bonus of a few herbs to help with skin problems like acne and other general muscle ailments.
The Red ointment contains 11% Camphor, 10% Menthol, 7% Cajuput oil and 5% Clove oil.
The White ointment contains 11% Camphor, 8% Menthol, 13% Cajuput oil and 1.5% Clove oil.
Camphor has a mild analgesic, rubefacient and counter-irritation properties. Camphor oil itself can be used to treat arthritis, rheumatism and chilblains as it promotes blood circulation and reduces swelling.
Menthol is used in many products because of its calming and soothing properties – it produces a mild analgesic (painkiller) effect that is great for reducing inflammation and creating a cooling sensation.
Cajuput oil is a stimulant and mild rubefacient. It's made from the leaves of Melaleuca cajuputi by steam distillation. It is one of the oldest known essential oils, having been in use since at least the 6th century BC. Cajuput oil has many traditional medical applications including treatments for asthma, coughs, asthma, skin wounds and rheumatism.
Clove oil is a counter-irritant and mild analgesic with preservative properties. A prime component of clove oil is eugenol. It supposedly numbs and reduces pain without having any sedative effects. This makes it a great choice for toothache or a dyspeptic attack. The spicy scent of clove oil comes from terpenes. Terpenes are organic compounds that impart aroma on essential oils. Some terpenes also serve as insect repellents to prevent infection and disease. Eugenol is one of the most effective ingredients on this list because it can be used as an external analgesic treatment for small wounds, cuts, burns, and sores.
Both Red and White ointments also contain Cinnamon oil, Dementholised mint oil, Yellow soft paraffin and Hard paraffin.
Cinnamon oil is rich in nutrients and antioxidants that help to improve the overall health of the body. It's health benefits are many, considering that it has been a part of Indian and Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It has varying degrees of strength, with the most potent being obtained by extracting it's bark, stems or roots. Cinnamon also comes in different varieties; Ceylon cinnamon is milder, and Cassia cinnamon is more pungent.
Dementholised mint oil
Dementholised mint oil is obtained by fusing peppermint oil with menthol. The end result is an aromatic, reddish liquid. It has a strong cooling sensation, and has been used in toothpastes, chewing gums, confectionery and topical medicines. The production of this type of oil requires blending peppermint oil with menthol crystals at room temperature which evaporate upon contact with the liquid to give the characteristic mild cooling sensation. In addition to its cooling effect, this product also has a sweet aroma that is reminiscent of spearmint or peppermint.