This recipe is based on the proportions used in commercial White Tiger Balm®. We’ve converted some of the ingredients, like menthol crystals, to essential oils for practicality. The essential oils in this formula are all readily available through several online sources and are generally reasonably priced. This makes a strongly scented balm, much like the commercial version. We use Calendula oil rather than a plain oil or the petroleum base that’s used in commercial Tiger Balm®, because it adds to the healing properties of the finished product. White Tiger Balm® is generally used much like Vick’s VapoRub™, as a balm for cold symptoms, allergies, and to ease headaches. For those who fell in love with Tiger Balm® before the 1970s or so, this formula is closer to the original than our Homemade Red Tiger Balm® recipe, which is better for sore muscles, aching joints, and similar conditions.
- 1/4 oz beeswax
- 3/4 oz. Calendula oil
- 185 drops (9.5 ml) Peppermint essential oil
- 125 drops (6.5 ml) White Camphor essential oi
- 150 drops (7.5 ml) Cajeput essential oil
- 20 drops (1 ml) Clove essential oil
- 100 drops (5 ml) Cornmint essential oil
- a kitchen scale
- a spatula
- a double boiler
- a glass jar for containing oils during weight process
- a label
- enough small containers with lids to store finished product
- Gather the ingredients along with the equipment in a clean, well lit, work space.
- Pour the calendula oil into a double boiler and heat it over medium-low heat.
- When the oil is warm, carefully add the beeswax.
- After the beeswax has melted, remove the double boiler from heat and stir in the essential oil.
- Pour the mixture into a few salve containers and cap them securely.
- Label the containers with the name of the salve.
Storage and Use
This recipe makes approximately 4 half–ounce tins or 2 ounces total. If you’re a little lazy like me, it stores well in a wide-mouth, cup-sized (8 ounce or jelly) canning jar with a tight fitting lid kept in a dark place, like your bathroom or dresser drawer. As you rub it into your chest, back, neck, temples, or cheeks and forehead, keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Start with a pea-sized amount and add more if needed to cover the area. Re-apply the balm every few hours as needed until the symptoms ease.